- 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 optional 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.