The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Is the Beefiest Bronco Yet

Photo By: Ford Performance

This week, Ford made the announcement we were all waiting for – The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is coming this summer.

You can see it in person on February 3 at King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, California.

Front view of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in the desert.
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Available Summer 2022. Photo by Ford

Billed as the “most powerful street-legal Bronco ever.” The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will feature an exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine targeted to deliver more than 400 horsepower, a race-ready suspension system, a fully-boxed steel frame, and standard 37-inch All Terrain tires. “Raptor is the apex of our off-road lineup and is now a full lineup with race-proven content and design that you can’t get from anyone else,” said Jim Farley, chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company.

All of this will set you back just under $70,000. But any hardcore offroad enthusiast is already saying, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!” If you’re not already saying that, just watch the teaser video below.

ASMR for overlanders. Just listen to those engine and trail sounds!

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Performance

Built for grueling Ultra4 desert racing, the Ford Bronco and Raptor team designed the Ford Bronco Raptor with a fully-boxed high-strength steel frame with new shock towers that increase wheel travel and off-road capability. Heavy-duty bash and skid plates provide continuous driveline coverage from the front bumper to the back of the engine, transmission and transfer case. In the upper body, B-pillar crossbar and C-pillar reinforcement help deliver a greater than 50% total body-in-prime torsional rigidity increase over a standard Bronco four-door model.

Front end of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor featuring bash and skid plates.
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor bash and skid plates. Photo by Ford

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The running gear of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor features competition-level, Ford Performance-developed axles, also used on the Bronco DR race truck, further deliver on the Ultra4-inspiration. The solid rear axle is upgraded to a semi-float Dana 50 Heavy-Duty AdvanTEK® with 235-millimeter ring gear, while the Dana 44 AdvanTEK front-drive unit includes upgraded half-shafts with 210-millimeter ring gear. These upgraded front and rear axles increase the track width by 8.6-inches (73.6-inches versus 65.0-inches) over a base Bronco for even more sure-footed confidence. Larger front and rear driveshafts support increased wheel torque. Bronco Raptor also runs with a minimum ground clearance of 13.1-inches, 4.8-inches more than a base four-door model.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor undercarriage view.
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor undercarriage view. Photo by Ford

The Ford Performance team collaborated with FOX to upgrade the High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system with Live Valve technology. Similar to the F-150 Raptor truck’s position-sensitive damping design, the Raptor HOSS 4.0 system features FOX 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi-Active Dampers (3.1-inch diameter) that are uniquely tuned at the front and rear and feature integrated reservoirs up front and remote reservoirs in the rear. Suspension height sensors and other sensors at each corner monitor terrain conditions independently hundreds of times every second and adjust suspension tuning accordingly.

FOX - Ford Performance collaborative shocks for the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.
FOX – Ford Performance collaborative shocks for the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Photo by Ford

Unique Ford Performance-designed front and rear control arms help deliver maximum wheel travel of 13.0-inches in front and 14.0-inches at the rear, or 60% and 40% more, respectively, than a Bronco base model. To deliver the confidence and high-speed needs of the world’s first Ultra4-inspired SUV, the Ford Performance team reached out to BFGoodrich for standard 37-inch KO2 all-terrain tires (37×12.50R17LT), the largest of any production SUV in America. Two Ford Performance-designed 17-inch x 8.5-inch beadlock-capable wheels are available. An electric-power steering rack and housing influenced by F-150 Raptor, as well as larger-diameter inner and outer tie rod ends, were added to further upgrade Bronco Raptor.

To give Bronco Raptor even more desert-running power, the Ford powertrain team developed the proven twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with specific Raptor-level tuning to meet Ford Performance standards. With a target of more than 400 horsepower, Bronco Raptor will be the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever, with intercooling and air-induction systems designed to endure the higher ambient desert temperatures.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Exterior

“As the most badass Bronco yet, the Bronco Raptor design is extreme,” said Paul Wraith, Bronco design chief. “It’s muscular while maintaining an underlying simplicity with performance-focused details added only for outstanding high-speed capability.”

Exterior of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.
Exterior of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Photo by Ford

Familiar Ford block lettering at the front stretches across the signature two-piece rectangular grille. Model-specific LED headlights featuring amber daytime running lamps and integrated amber marker lamps further tie in the DNA of Raptor to provide a menacing look. A heavy-duty modular steel front bumper by Ford Performance features tow hooks, removable bumper end caps for improved off-road clearance, integrated removable Rigid LED fog lamps, and Rigid off-road lamps for greater illumination.

The hood on Bronco Raptor is made of a sheet-molding compound, offering the design team the ability to dramatically sculpt its muscular shape. An integrated hood vent is molded-in-color Carbon Black, and fender vents are painted body color. Raptor logos on the left and right of the hood bulge hint at the twin-turbo power underneath.  

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Bronco Raptor proudly leverages the Bronco SUV’s patented off-road modular design, strips it to its base, and replaces components with unique-to-Raptor front and rear quarter-panels, fenders, fender flares, and door appliques. Sheet-molding compound is once again used to sculpt the wider front fenders and integrated bodyside heat extraction ducts, which provide additional engine cooling. Sheet-molding compound rear-quarter panels are equally bolstered for a muscular look. Including fender flares, Bronco Raptor sits 9.8-inches wider than a standard Bronco. Bronco Raptor-specific reinforced rock rails with removable running boards increase rock-crawling capability.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will be available in Hot Pepper Red Metallic, Velocity Blue Metallic, Eruption Green Metallic, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver Metallic, Area 51, Cactus Gray, Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, Oxford White, plus Ford Performance-exclusive Code Orange exterior colors.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Interior

Bronco Raptor features a familiar heritage-inspired horizontal dash, integrating an all-digital 12-inch cluster. The cluster allows drivers to select from various views, including a Bronco Raptor-exclusive Performance View that emphasizes tachometer and gear readings and allows the customization of gauges.

“The Bronco Raptor interior was designed around what we know hardcore off-road racers want in a vehicle,” said Ryan Olsson, design manager. “From the all-new Performance View on the cluster and unique steering wheel with paddle shifters and fingertip access to Raptor-specific controls, to its race-ready, high-bolster front seats, Bronco Raptor leaves the factory ready for the starting line.”

Interior view of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor.
Interior view of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor. Photo by Ford

Base Bronco Raptor models are equipped with Black Onyx marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized washout flooring. The dark interior is accented with Ford Performance Code Orange splashes on the G.O.A.T. Modes rotary dial, dash vents, door netting, steering wheel stitching, and Bronco logo on the instrument panel. Even the push-button ignition lights up in Code Orange. Touchpoints such as the grab handles, steering wheel bezel, and gear shifter wear low-gloss carbon fiber accents.

Owners can opt for upgraded features such as all-new laser-perforated Black Onyx Neo suede seats, vinyl-wrapped instrument panel topper, leather-wrapped outer seat bolsters, and carpet flooring. A thicker and sport-contoured steering wheel with magnesium paddle shifters and gloss black Raptor logo center continues the Ford Performance treatment. Ford Performance-designed front seats are unique to Bronco Raptor, designed with aggressive foam side bolsters to help keep passengers firmly seated when the terrain gets nasty. Available Code Orange seat belts provide even more Ford Performance style.

Bronco Raptor comes standard with a High Package that includes SYNC®4 with a 12-inch touchscreen with swipe capability, information on-demand panel, and enhanced voice recognition. Other technology features include an exterior camera with 360-degree viewing capability. The Lux Package is available for customers looking for even more human-centered technology, such as an available 10-speaker B&O audio system and Adaptive Cruise Control.

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Availability

Customers can begin placing orders in March. A majority of the 2022 model year Bronco Raptor allocation will go to existing reservation holders based upon their original reservation timestamp. Ford will send communications later this month soliciting reservation holders’ interest in Bronco Raptor. Vehicles will begin to arrive this summer.

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