Even with the Ford Bronco Raptor waiting in the wings, off-roaders have been salivating over the thought of a V8-powered Bronco.
And Ford just obliged.
Officially called the Ford Bronco DR (for Desert Racing), the off-roader packs a laundry list of specialized upgrades beyond the V8, including a 65 gallon fuel tank, Positional Selective DSSV Dampers with finned fluid cooling channels, and Multimatic-designed billet aluminum lower control arms.
So yeah, let’s be clear: This new Coyote-equipped Ford Bronco is intended for off-road competition, specifically high-speed desert racing.
While Ford explained that the Bronco DR’s specs are not official yet, the press release said the 5.0L Coyote should be cranking out north of 400 horsepower in a vehicle that weighs around 6,200 pounds. Compared to a four-door Badlands series Bronco, Bronco DR hopes to boast over 50 percent more suspension travel up front and over 55 percent more travel out back.
The Bronco DR’s approach/departure angles are an anticipated 47 and 37 degrees respectively. It’s also got a 33 degree breakover angle.
Behind that Coyote 5.0L V8 is a 10R80 automatic transmission and electric shift on the fly transfer case from the F-150. The Bronco DR features electronic lockers fore and aft, with 4.70:1 final drive ratios.
Ford says the Bronco DR will set you back north of 200,000 bucks, but for that price you get a turnkey off-road racer ready to hit Baja. While the prototype should be making its race debut next year, targeting entry in the 2022 SCORE Baja 1000, Bronco DRs will be available for sale late next year as well. Ford tells us there will be an initial run of only 50 of these racing Broncos built.