- we spied the upcoming ford bronco warthog testing in michigan and caught it on video.
- it's equipped with 37-inch tires, wider fenders, stronger axles, and fox live valve adaptive dampers similar to those on the f-150 raptor.
- we expect that the bronco warthog, which will be the bronco's version of the raptor, to be powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter v-6.
the 2021 ford bronco was the most exciting reveal of the year, and the new off-roader is getting even more exciting because a high-flying, high-performance warthog variant is coming. the warthog will be the bronco's version of the raptor, found on the f-150 and ranger (in europe) pickups, in that it has massive all-terrain tires, wide fenders, beefier axles, and fox live valve dynamic dampers from the, you got it, f-150 raptor. if you couldn't tell already, it's big. very big.
as we caught the warthog test truck stampeding down michigan's pothole-encrusted roads, we not only noticed its massive 37-inch bfgoodrich k02 all-terrain tires (a set of 35-inch rubber could also be available), but spotted fox live wire adaptive dampers—the breakthrough twin-tube bypass technology from the f-150 raptor. you'll also notice stronger axles and a rear anti-roll bar. the high-performance warthog will be even more capable than standard broncos equipped with the off-road-focused sasquatch package, which adds equipment like 35-inch rubber, an electronic transfer case, front and rear locking axles, a 1.2-inch lift, larger fender flares (to fit the big tires), and heavy-duty bilstein shock absorbers.
the warthog will also sit a little taller than the standard bronco, maybe even slightly higher than the sasquatch-equipped trucks. it'll also have a wider track with larger fenders and unique wheels. the truck we spotted is a four-door hardtop. the standard bronco comes in two- and four-door configurations with the option of either a soft or hard top, and the doors and roof can be removed on all models. we're not sure if the high-performance warthog variant will be offered with two doors or a soft top, but we're hopeful.
ford has previously given the thumbs down to v-8–powered broncos—even though the jeep wrangler rubicon now has a 470-hp v-8–powered 392 model—but it sounds like this bronco test truck has a twin-turbocharged v-6 similar to the 2020 f-150 raptor's 3.5-liter unit under the hood. the ecoboost six makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the former off-road-focused raptor pickup. at launch, the 2021 bronco's most powerful engine is a 310-hp 2.7-liter ecoboost v-6. a 2.3-liter ecoboost inline-four, which can be equipped with a seven-speed manual, is standard.
the 2021 ford bronco hasn't even reached customers yet (it's been delayed until the end of the summer), we haven't driven it, yet ford says it is "always going to keep it exciting and elevate bronco to new heights." we can't wait to hear more about future bronco variants, which could be as early as next year.