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Ford Bronco Getting a High-Performance Raptor or Warthog Model

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/16/2020 Connor Hoffman
Ford posted a picture of a camouflaged Bronco, which could be a new high-performance model, getting some serious air. © Ford Ford posted a picture of a camouflaged Bronco, which could be a new high-performance model, getting some serious air.
  • Ford posted a photo on Twitter of a camouflaged Bronco getting some serious air.
  • We think it could be a higher-performance variant thata could be called the Bronco Raptor or Warthog.
  • The 2021 Ford Bronco won't arrive until next year, and it starts at $29,995 for the base two-door model.

Ford did just unveil the 2021 Ford Bronco, complete with six different trim levels and an off-road focused Sasquatch package with 35-inch tires from the factory, but it's not stopping there. The automaker has posted a picture on Twitter of a Bronco prototype, possibly a high-performance Raptor model, getting some serious air. It made us reminisce about our long-term F-150 Raptor, which we jumped a few times.

"We’re always going to keep it exciting and elevate Bronco to new heights," a Ford spokesperson told Car and Driver. On September 9, Ford filed a trademark for the name "Warthog" for passenger cars, pickups, and SUVs. This has led some to believe that the higher-performance Bronco would forgo the Raptor name—found on the F-150 and Ranger (in Europe) pickups—and use Warthog instead. The Warthog, however, could be a larger Bronco model based on the F-150's body-on-frame platform. In fact, we have seen stubby F-150 Raptor mules testing.

Ford recently shut down speculation about any V-8–powered Broncos in the future and said that its 310-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 will more than satisfy customers' needs. As for the high-performance model in question, it's been rumored to use a higher-output EcoBoost engine—either a version of the 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6, which makes 400 horsepower in the Explorer ST, or the 450-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 from the F-150 Raptor. The latter sounds much more appealing since the Bronco's off-road rival, the Jeep Wrangler, might be getting a 450-hp V-8.

The 2021 Ford Bronco hasn't even reached customers yet, we haven't driven it, but we're already excited about its future variants. The Bronco starts at $29,995 for the base two-door model and $34,695 for the four door.


Gallery: Is This a Ford Bronco Raptor Test Mule? (Road & Track)

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