Much like its siblings, the Bronco Raptor has a unique grille insert with prominent ‘FORD’ lettering – and that’s all we can really make out thus far, as it quickly disappears into a dust cloud, but not without giving us a glimpse of its loud paintwork.
Of course, aside from its upgraded suspension and wheel and tyre package, everyone wants to know what will be under the Bronco Raptor’s bonnet, but we’ll have to keep waiting to find out, as Ford hasn’t let any other details slip yet.
That said, an uprated version of the Bronco’s already available 231kW/542Nm 2.7-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 is a possibility, although Ford Authority claims the Raptor will go a step further with the Explorer ST’s 298kW/563Nm 3.0-litre unit, albeit with a more potent tune.
Either way, the Bronco Raptor will up the ante for the recently return US-focused series, which remains out of bounds for Australia despite its use of the Ranger’s T6 platform, which naturally supports right-hand-drive.
Speaking of the Ranger, the Bronco Raptor will provide a taste of what’s to come from the mid-size ute’s next-generation Raptor, which will be sold in the US, unlike the current model.
Point being, the Bronco Raptor’s engine is almost certain to be shared with the upcoming Ranger Raptor, but given the former is all but confirmed to be petrol-powered to suit US tastes, we might not see that particular unit in Australia, which instead prefers diesel power.
However, Australia might get the option of the petrol engine or a diesel unit for the new Ranger Raptor, with the latter set to be a version of the F-150’s 186kW/597Nm 3.0-litre single-turbo V6. Stay tuned.