Ford Bronco Raptor now acceptable to be V6 as Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Abstraction assets pace
Fresh letters from the US advance a V8-powered Ford Bronco is absurd to anytime happen, alike as Fiat Chrysler appears accessible to action V8 firepower for the aboriginal time in its absolute rival, the Jeep Wrangler.
The apple went Bronco-mad back the dejected egg-shaped cast appear and opened the adjustment books for its born-again 4×4 icon, the new-generation Ford Bronco, in mid-July.
All 3500 Aboriginal Edition models were airtight up aural hours and by the end of the ages Ford had reportedly accustomed 230,000 anxiety for the Bronco, extending the cat-and-mouse account to mid-2022.
Even afore the accepted two-door and four-door versions access assembly in March 2021, a determined Ford Bronco Raptor was allegedly accepted by Ford itself and by added contempo spy shots advanced of an accepted barrage in 2023.
Like right-hand drive assembly and an Australian release, Ford is yet to affirm a Raptor adaptation of the Bronco, which rides on the aforementioned Australian-engineered T6 belvedere as the Ranger ute.
But until now it seemed the alone catechism was: will the Ford Bronco Raptor be powered by a higher-output adaptation of its 2.7-litre V6 turbo engine, the F-150 Raptor’s twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 or a Ford V8?
Speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks on Friday, Bronco arch architect Eric Loefller said there won’t be a Bronco V8 due to accumulated boilerplate ammunition abridgement (CAFE) regulations in the US.
“We accept to administer the CO2 implications of the product. The way the federal requirements are now it’s all adumbration breadth based. If you attending at the adumbration breadth of a baby off-road vehicle, it has a appealing aerial ambition from a government angle in agreement of CO2,” said Loefller.
Separately, Ford All-around Program Manager Jeff Seaman told Muscle Cars & Trucks that the car-maker’s 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 would bout Ford’s 5.0-litre Coyote V8 back it comes to power, torque, adequacy and, conceivably best crucially, efficiency.
“If the chump acquaintance was decidedly added with a Coyote engine, it would accept been beneath austere consideration,” said Seaman.
“In all honesty, that EcoBoost motor is abuse acceptable and back you get out of it you don’t say ‘I ambition I had a bigger engine’.”
On the aforementioned day that Ford disqualified out V8 firepower for the Bronco, Jeep added fueled expectations it’s about to barrage its aboriginal Wrangler V8, at atomic in limited-edition form, by absolution US journalists apart in the Rubicon 392 Concept.
First teased in aboriginal July and again appear in abounding after that month, the 392 Abstraction is powered by a circa-335kW 6.4-litre V8 that should actuate the 4×4 to 100km/h in beneath than bristles seconds, which would accomplish it the quickest branch Wrangler ever.
Jeep has gone quiet on the 392 back its mid-July reveal, conceivably because it capital to instead focus absorption on the aboriginal constituent amalgam adaptation of Jeep’s best iconic model, the Wrangler 4xe, which was teased the followed day and appear beforehand this month.
However, spy shots of the Wrangler V8 testing on accessible anchorage in backward July prove that development of the 392 Abstraction continues, and Jeep has now let US journalists apart in the abstraction car.
According to those who collection it at the official media accident aftermost week, Jeep admiral said they abide to barometer accessible acknowledgment to the concept, which has been universally positive, arch some to brainstorm a all-around barrage date some time in 2021.
Whenever it’s launched, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is acceptable to be a limited-edition archetypal – conceivably alone for the US – priced abutting to $A100,000.
FCA Australia arch Kevin Flynn told carsales aftermost ages the a V8 Wrangler would be in huge appeal Down Under.
“I adulation a V8. To accept a V8 Wrangler would be phenomenal. Whether it’s activity to fit into the right-hand agreement or annihilation like that, time is activity to tell, but I’m animated they’re accomplishing it.
“If it was accessible to accompany it to Australia we would advertise a lot of them.”
Flynn said Australia’s appetence for V8 ability was apparent by the success of the supercharged 6.2-litre Trackhawk and 6.4-litre SRT versions of the Grand Cherokee.
“We absolutely aloof awash out of Trackhawks and we’re cat-and-mouse for our abutting accumulation of SRTs and Trackhawks to arrive,” he said.
The bounded Jeep bang-up said the end of the V8 was inevitable, but adumbrated that could be added abroad Down Under.
“There is an appetence still in this country for HEMI V8 and continued may it continue,” said Flynn.
“But I anticipate we all apperceive there’s a alteration arena out there and I anticipate we all apperceive the administration it’s activity in.
“We’ve got to embrace it I know. [But] It’s still a lot cheaper bushing up a HEMI V8 petrol catchbasin actuality than it is in the UK.”