Ford Bronco Raptor Rumored to Have 3.0-Liter Turbo V6 Engine

While Ford is undeniably gunning for the Wrangler market with its new Bronco SUV, the company also wants to offer things that are new and specific to this model. A high-performance version would be nice, and one is now rumored to wear the Raptor badge.
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Ford Raptor is now like a mini-brand. People just can't stop talking about what engine will power the updated F-150 Raptor, while in other corners of the world, the baby Ranger Raptor truck is trying to make a name for itself.

So does it make sense to have a Bronco Raptor? In short, yes. The original Bronco was kind of like a Mustang that delivered off-road performance. Everybody wants the Coyote V8 in the new one but the chances of that happening are pretty low. Instead, Ford might go EcoBoost.

The YouTube channel RevMatchTV claims it has a man on the inside (of Ford) feeding them information about the engine and tech. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost, as in the engine from the F-150 Raptor, is apparently too big for the Bronco's bay. However, a slightly smaller 3-liter V6 might get the job.

The unit is already in production, powering various mid- and full-size utility vehicles. It features a dual overhead cam technology and twin-turbocharging. While derived from the 2.7-liter "Nano" engine, this newer model features larger cylinder bore and cast aluminum construction.

Its more glamorous applications include the Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator, and Continental. The maximum output is believed to be almost 500 horsepower, but the Bronco Raptor will obviously have less than that.

The base engine for the 2021 Bronco is believed to be the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, while a 335 horsepower 2.7-liter might power the Bronco R, something we've covered in previous posts.

The SUV will have a next-gen Ford SYNC system, presumably with better graphics and voice recognition. It's going to be only the second Ford to get this, after the Mach-E. The same source talks about the top options for the Bronco. Apparently, the removable top comes off in smaller sections that can be moved around by just one person.

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