Screen Shot 2022-06-02 at 9.40.18 PM.png
Of all the races vehicles compete in, none is wilder than the Baja 1000. Vehicles need to have staggering amounts of endurance and off-roading capability to simply reach the finish line, much less win this grueling cross-country race. It’s no surprise that the all-new 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor draws inspiration from this unruly, all-natural racetrack. 2022 has been a year of comebacks, and the most exciting is the re-minted Ford Bronco. From the traditional Bronco to the Bronco Sport, the modern take on this vehicle is equal parts rip-roaring fun and versatile utility. Its comeback was just the beginning, though. Ford has kept the good news coming with the addition of the all-new Ford Bronco Raptor. It’s based on the standard Bronco, but outfitted with upgraded features and parts to make it even more of a beast. You’ve got to see it to believe it stop in at Gengras Ford for a look at the Bronco Raptor.

What is Baja Racing?

Regarded as one of the most extreme races on the planet, the Baja 1000 consists of a 1000-mile route that traverses sand, rock, water, and more. The exact path varies from year to year, but it always takes place in Mexico on the Baja California Peninsula. The world’s most elite off-roading vehicles show up to display their mastery and endurance in extreme terrain. Several of the Bronco Raptor’s features draw inspiration from the desert-racing machines of the Baja 1000. It’s a lofty aspiration, but the Bronco Raptor isn’t one to back down from a challenge. Plus, the Bronco and the Baja 1000 go way back; if you look closely, you’ll find a series of numbers engraved on the Bronco Raptor’s louvers which signify the years the classic Ford Bronco took home class wins in the Baja 1000. The new Bronco is stepping up to the plate again, this time as the Bronco R––a special version of the Bronco outfitted specifically for this extreme race.

What is a Raptor?

Unfamiliar with Ford’s Raptor line? Allow us to introduce you. Raptor is a line of Ford vehicles, specifically top-of-the-line off-roading pickups and SUVs. They’re more beefed up than other available off-roading offerings, like Ford’s Tremor and Sasquatch packages, and are designed with the most hardcore of off-roading enthusiasts in mind. Vehicles with the Raptor treatment will have upgraded features, like more-sophisticated suspension systems and heavy-duty tires. The Raptor name was exclusive to the Ford F-150 for years after the 2010 debut of the original F-150 Raptor, but it expanded to the Ford Ranger in 2019. Seeing that the Bronco is already a highly capable SUV, it only makes sense that it would be next in line to be Raptor-fied.

Raptor Capability

Although both are high-performing machines, there are several things that set the Bronco Raptor apart from the standard Bronco. For starters, the fully-outfitted Bronco Sasquatch comes with 35-inch tires, while the Bronco Raptor has 37-inch tires––the largest fitted to any production SUV in the United States. The base Bronco gets 8.3 inches of ground clearance, and the Raptor ramps it up to 13.1 inches. Speaking of stance, the Bronco Raptor is a whopping 9.8 inches wider than the standard, four-door Bronco.

Of course, the Bronco Raptor gets big power upgrades as well, thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 with tuning tailored to a Raptor’s performance needs. It’s targeted to get over 400 hp, compared to the 325 hp cranked out by the standard Bronco’s optional 2.7-liter turbocharged V6. The Raptor gets an upgraded High Off-Speed Suspension (HOSS) as well that is the result of a collaboration with FOX––the experts on all things extreme motorsports. The Raptor’s towing capacity is even increased to an estimated 4,500 lbs, up from the 3,500 lbs of the standard Bronco.

Like other models, the Bronco Raptor is equipped with a terrain management system called GOAT mode, which stands for Go Over Any Type of Terrain (or Greatest Of All Time, you decide). It’s got eight different modes, depending on driving conditions: Eco, Sport, Normal, Mud/Ruts, Slippery, Sand/Snow, Rock Crawl, and Baja, which strives to eliminate the lag that often accompanies turbocharged engines.

Coolest Features of the Bronco Raptor

There’s practically no end to the cool features unique to the Bronco Raptor. First, those aimed at functionality. For starters, there are added crossbars that add 50% more rigidity to the Bronco Raptor’s chassis. The tires can be fastened to the beadlock-capable wheels, a feature reserved for the most serious of off-roading vehicles, and the spare tire carrier is more rugged to account for the added girth and weight of the larger Bronco Raptor tires. Adding to the vehicle’s wide stance are the huge fender flares, also for the benefit of the larger tires.

There are orange lights added to the grille and side mirrors, as well as extra red lights added to the rear of the Bronco Raptor, all of which are mandated by the United States government for a vehicle of this size. On the same note, the front end of the Bronco Raptor has extra front lights for maximum visibility while you’re off the grid. However, two of these lights have removable caps on them to keep the amount of lighting to legal levels. Hood scoops with “Raptor” emblems are added to increase air intake.

Now, for the features that are simply for fun. The dual exhaust system has different selectable noise levels, ranging from quiet to Baja. The grille spells out “Ford” instead of “Bronco”––a trait the Bronco Raptor shares with the F-150 Raptor and Ranger Raptor. The SUV also has amber running lights and some carbon fiber trim around the vehicle. Buyers can also opt for a Code Orange paint job––a color exclusive to the Raptor family. Finally, the Bronco Raptor includes a nod to its predecessor. Inside the gas hatch, you’ll find emblems illustrating a mini timeline of the different generations of the Bronco.

Categories: Social