2022 Ford Bronco Raptor | HeraldNet.com | Daily News Byte

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The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is a special vehicle, perfectly designed for hardcore, off-road enthusiasts.

Engineered by Ford Performance to be the world’s first Ultra4 racing-inspired SUV, the Raptor is capable of highway-speed, desert-dune conquering and Baja rock-crawling.

My tester never left the pavement, but I conjured up Walter Mitty-style images of the Bronco Raptor’s prowess: fording streams, climbing mountains, and shredding beach sand.

All four of the Bronco’s doors and the roof are removable, placing the occupants in nature.

“The Raptor is the pinnacle of our off-road lineup and now it’s an entire lineup with race-proven content and design that you won’t get from anyone else,” said Jim Farley, chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company. “Only Ford can build a Bronco Raptor.”

The Bronco Raptor embodies “Built Wild” extreme capability and durability with an exclusive twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine targeted to deliver more than 400 horsepower, a Raptor HOSS 4.0 race-ready system of suspension, a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame, and standard 37-inch all-terrain tires. The Raptor seats four adults with grab handles for everyone to keep you upright.

“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-oriented details added only for outstanding high-speed capability.”

Starting with the frame foundation, the Ford Performance team knew it needed a Raptor-specific version for increased suspension travel and track width for handling stability during high-speed desert runs. At the Raptor core is a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame with new shock towers that increase wheel travel and off-road durability. Heavy-duty bashes and skid plates provide continuous coverage of the driveline from the front bumper to the rear of the engine, transmission and transfer case.

An advanced 4×4 system with three modes includes a higher-capacity clutch designed to withstand the demands of high-performance desert events. The upgraded transfer case also features a 3.06 4×4 LO ratio for up to a 67.7:1 crawl ratio. Larger front and rear driveshafts support increased wheel torque. The Bronco Raptor also operates with a minimum ground clearance of 13.1 inches, 4.8 inches more than a base four-door model.

The Bronco Raptor features the brand’s exclusive GOAT Mode (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) Terrain Management System designed to help drivers better navigate off-road. Seven driver-selectable modes include a uniquely focused Baja Mode that activates turbo anti-lag calibration to maximize performance on high-speed desert runs. New to the Bronco is Tow/Haul mode, which helps enable a tow rating of 4,500 pounds, a 1,000-pound improvement over the base model. Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist and Trail One-Pedal Driving are also included.

My tester was equipped with the Badlands Series that included dual-zone climate control, front-row heated seats and steering wheel, Ford Co-Pilot360, adaptive cruise control, navigation with a 12-inch touchscreen, wireless charging pad, 360-degree camera, 10-speaker B&O audio system, and more.

The liftgate swings out with a full-size rear-mounted spare. With the second-row seats folded flat, the Bronco Raptor becomes a cargo hauler with enough room to secure 12 Krusteaz boxes of toys with room to spare.

Safety features are almost unlimited, and top with electronic stability control, traction control, remote start, and perimeter alarm.

Base Price: $43,590

Price As Driven: $64,655

Destination charge is included in the base price. Vehicles are supplied by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.


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