Ford isn't making a V8 Bronco

Emissions regulations prevent a V8 powered Bronco from coming to fruition.

31w ago

Rumours of a V8 Bronco have been circulating since last year, even before the Bronco itself was released. Several reports since have dimished the likelihood of this coming to fruition, but its a recent interview from Muscle Cars & Trucks that may just be the confirmation that Bronco enthusaists have dreaded.

According to Jeff Seaman, Ford Global's Program Manager and Eric Loefller, the Bronco's chief engineer, emissions are the major culprit in preventing Ford from fitting the Bronco with eight-cylinder power, saying that "we have to manage the CO2 implications of the product". The carbon footprint of a V8 Bronco would thus make it difficult to reach set emissions targets.

Ford also states that in top trim, the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine provides sufficient power to satisfy customer needs as potential buyers are supposedly more interested in power and torque output over cylinder count. The V6, fed with twin-turbochargers produces a reasonable 231kW (310hp) of power and an adequate 542Nm of torque.

A Bronco Raptor is expected, and will likely utilise the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 from the American market Explorer ST. Power and torque for this motor stands at 298kW (400hp) and 562Nm respectively, which although is no match for the company's V8 in the Mustang GT - it could be a good compromise.

We'll leave that free for discussion.

- AutoNews Australia

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Comments (49)

  • No Coyote V8 :(

      7 months ago
  • Legislation has forced this, personally a turbocharged V6 will do the job as the turbos help the smaller engine produce more torque and therefore no less off road ability.

      7 months ago
    • They can put it in a Mustang, but not a ute?

        7 months ago
    • I get that however with the excess weight and 4wd hardware of the bronco the emissions are higher so when you work out fleet averages based on how many ford expect to sell then the numbers don’t add up.

        7 months ago
  • I mean a V8 would be cool, and I think it would be a more complete engine range with it, but the V6 they have has good power, and it’s better for the environment. Car companies aren’t going to be using the V8 forever.

      7 months ago
    • They balance that out by utilising waste air to spin then

        7 months ago
    • Honestly though supercharger makes more sense here because instant torque

        7 months ago
  • Totally bizarre, you need a V8 for lifespan of engine, twin turbo 4 wheeling is nuts on nuts. Watch Ford do a U turn.

      7 months ago
    • I can see an issue with engine life iv people do lots of off-road stuff. The bigger engine really does solve the problem.

      I’m sure there’s a way to sort this out, it’s whether it’s viable

        7 months ago
    • Hopefully they do, to make it more affordable for everyone. 450 to 500 hp would be nice. Package at the moment is weekender guy which is fine if you are that person.

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        7 months ago
  • You know what they say: you’re never late with a V8 !

      7 months ago