The legendary Bronco has been revived recently and once again, we can watch the battle between Ford and Jeep with their most prominent off-roaders. Of course, we are talking about the Wrangler, which is the biggest rival of the revived Bronco. This rivalry is displayed on many levels, including the fact that each version has a counterpart on the other side. Therefore, it’s no more just about the Wrangler Rubicon and Bronco Raptor. The Wrangler Rubicon now comes with the V8 engine, so we are waiting for the answer from the blue oval company. That answer should come in the form of the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R.
The officials are still quiet but many believe that this model will come already in the next year. Compared to the standard Raptor, it will come with a bigger and more powerful engine. Other than that, we don’t expect to see significant differences. This will also be an incredible off-roader, with all those extra features that cannot be found in standard Bronco models.
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R shouldn’t be much different compared to the standard Bronco Raptor. So, we would see the same overall design, as well as all those off-road upgrades that characterize this SUV.
Compared to standard models, the Raptor comes with all kinds of extra features. For example, there are goodies like upgraded suspension with FOX shocks, higher ground clearance (13.6 inches), stronger axles, more rigid crossbar, 37-inch tires, larger drive shafts, locking differentials, multiple skid plates, an on-demand sway bar disconnect for improved articulation, low-speed cruise control etc. You may also count on an upgraded front bumper, bigger brakes, upgraded exhaust system with several modes, additional lighting elements etc.
Unlike the rest of the lineup, the Raptor comes only in a four-door layout. We expect the same from the 2023 Ford Raptor R.
Considering that we are talking about the future flagship model, it’s quite obvious that the interior will also come with various exclusive features. The standard Raptor already comes with lots of them. You get a lot of exclusive details, such as orange accents and stitching, upgraded seats with better support, “Raptor” stitching on the front seats, upgraded steering wheel, magnesium paddle shifters, leather dashboard etc.
Other than that, the overall cabin layout looks familiar. Therefore, you may count on an SUV that isn’t just an excellent off-roader, but also comes with a spacious and comfortable cabin. Both rows are spacious and comfortable and accommodate adult passengers with ease. Furthermore, the cargo area is also quite generous, as it offers around 35.6 behind the second row and 77.6 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume.
The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R would be the most expensive model in Bronco’s lineup. Therefore, we have no doubt it would come with a full load of standard features. We presume it would come with goodies like a 12-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker sound system, wireless device charging, additional USB ports, HD radio, satellite radio, smartphone integration, remote keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and proximity keyless entry.
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R Engine
This would be the main upgrade over the standard Raptor model. If we consider that the new Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes with a huge 6.4-liter V8, we presume that Ford could come up with something pretty similar. So, instead of the efficient 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, we would rather see eight cylinders.
However, we don’t expect to see a monstrous 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that the company prepares for the F-150 Raptor R. Instead, we count on a more traditional approach, on a naturally-aspirated V8. So, the engine that comes to our minds is the good-old, super-reliable 5.0-liter Coyote. More precisely, we count on the same version that powers the Ford Mustang Mach 1, which puts out around 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the engine would come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor R could arrive already in the next year. Considering that the standard Raptor costs around 70.000 dollars, there’s no doubt that the Raptor R would cost even more, maybe something around 80.000 dollars.