Ford Bronco Raptor test mule spotted for the first time
Did I hear somebody say Raptor?
No new car release comes without its fair share of criticisms and complaints, but the new Ford Bronco was amongst the best we've seen for a while.
But for all the hoopla and choruses of Jaleluja, one glaring issue still loomed large...
Where was the V8?
The Bronco has been an automotive icon for the better part of half-a-century, and despite all of the design iterations and chassis changes, a V8 heart was an ever-present feature.
But despite this, at its 2020 unveiling, the Bronco was only made available with two engines, a turbocharged V6 and a pretty underwhelming inline-four.
And although we haven't heard much about a V8 Bronco entering the lineup anytime soon, new spy shots reveal that Ford is apparently working on a 'Raptor' variant of the Bronco, with an Eco-Boost V6 shared with the F-150 Raptor.
Information is limited, but the heavily camouflaged Bronco was spotted on its way to Roush Performance, a company that has long specialized in selling upgrades for Ford Mustangs and F-150s. And although an OEM taking a prototype to an aftermarket shop may seem unusual, this is reportedly not the first time Ford has taken prototype 'Raptor' vehicles to Roush, with the F-150 variant making somewhat frequent visits throughout its development.