Did this title grab your attention? As proponents of unmuffled V8s, he certainly grabbed ours. Reducers have been clamoring for an eight-cylinder Bronco ever since the first Wrangler-fighter sketches appeared all those years ago. Yesterday, in the desert near Las Vegas, Ford finally introduced such a platform.
There is of course a catch: the Bronco DR is strictly intended for off-road racing. And it will cost a cool quarter of a mil.
Still, this is a factory-built Bronco fitted with a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and 10-speed automatic, both of which are (relatively) ready-made items from the closet. Blue Oval. More good news: The specially designed Bronco DR featured on these digital pages might have a specialized body cut out of resin transfer molded fiberglass, but Ford insists it keeps the same frame and the same body structure than those of the four-door models of proletarian quality.
The engine has a targeted output of 400 horsepower, a new vernacular used by many manufacturers as protection against failure to meet targets. However, Ford shouldn’t have to worry in this department as this factory easily makes these type of numbers in other Blue Oval machines.
The rest of the Bronco DR (Desert Racer, if you’re wondering) reads like the mission statement of a custom all-terrain house. Multimatic position-selectable DSSV shocks work well with machined aluminum lower control arms for 15.8 inches of front wheel travel and 17.4 inches of rear flex. These measurements are respectively 55% and 58% higher than those of a Badlands stock. Approach angles are increased to 47 degrees, about five more than a Bronco equipped with 35-inch factory meats – thanks in large part to the 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud tires. Its track width clears the 73-inch barrier, nearly ten inches longer than the stock, and the whole thing weighs 6,200 pounds.
There’s room inside for a pilot and co-pilot, perched on aggressive Sparco seats and enveloped by a full roll cage powered by Multimatic FEA. Ford says the cabin retains a hint of the production truck’s double-hood atmosphere, but you really have to squint to see it. A huge central bank of buttons controlling everything from locking differentials to helmet dust pumps look great and should make their way into the Ford Performance catalog, but surely never will. Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, calls it a âturnkey 4 Ã 4 for racing in the desert,â though we just call it bloody cool.
Well-heeled off-roaders will be able to find their solution at the end of 2022, when the first 50 units of the Bronco DR 2023 will be available for sale. The price has not yet been set, with Ford spox only committing to say that this beast will support a starting price of around $ 200,000.
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