Now that the history lesson is over, what’s so special about the Bronco R? Ford Performance isn’t willing to mention how many cylinders are under the hood, but the exhaust soundtrack speaks for itself. Off-road racing supervisor Brian Novak did mention that the “twin turbos of the EcoBoost engine are representative of what the production Bronco will offer,” so that will be that.
It’s more than obvious the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is the culprit, a six-cylinder blunderbuss rated at 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque in the Edge ST. In metric units, those work out at 340 PS and 515 Nm. Given that we were expecting the 2.3-liter EcoBoost from the Ranger mid-sized pickup truck, the V6 is more than adequate for the production-ready Bronco.
The high-travel suspension and chunky off-road tires of the Bronco R should also offer a glimpse into what the Bronco will feature as standard. As a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler, you can bet your two bucks that Ford Performance will integrate Ranger Raptor know-how into this fella here.
On an ending note, the dune-bashing prototype is built on a modified T6 vehicle architecture. That’s the same chassis as the Ranger, and Ford Performance has also confirmed an independent suspension up front and a five-link rear axle inspired by the production model. 18 inches of travel, 37-inch BFGoodrich rubber, and Fox shock absorbers should do the trick.