The Tea Leaves Continue to Suggest a Ford Bronco Raptor is On the Way

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
the tea leaves continue to suggest a ford bronco raptor is on the way

We all know that scene in Jurassic Park where the island’s designated hunter gets outsmarted by the raptors and becomes their dinner. That dude’s death always bothered me because he was cool, and I hate it when cool characters buy the farm in disaster movies. Also, he seemed smart enough to not be outwitted by the voracious dinos, unlike others in the flick.

Ahem, where was I? Oh yes – Ford might be hiding some Raptors of its own, so to speak. Although instead of disappearing behind bushes, these Raptors are lurking in plain sight on public roads, with only canvas and tape concealing them from those who hunt this type of prey.

We’ve reported on the possibility/likelihood of the Ford Bronco Raptor before, and now our friends at the blog about autos have some pics. Autoblog posits that thanks to wider fender flares, a heavier-duty rear axle, and heavy gussets around the suspension brackets, there’s a good chance this cam-covered Bronco is a Raptor model.

Not to mention that the Bronco shares a good chunk of its underpinnings with the Ranger pickup, which has a Raptor trim for sale in other markets, and that the Bronco has the same coil-spring suspension of said Ranger Raptor, and well, Autoblog comes to the conclusion that yes, folks, this is a Raptor version of the Bronco. Or at least, a trim that offers hopped-up off-road performance, whatever it might be called. Should it be produced, of course.

I tend to agree – not only does that reasoning make sense, but again, we’ve reported on this vehicle, too. Given Jeep’s response to the Bronco’s unveiling and the habit of automakers to get in performance-related pissing contests (especially among the Detroit Three), I’d be shocked if Ford doesn’t produce a Bronco that’s even more bad-ass than what it has shown so far. Regardless of whether it gets called Raptor or not.

The Jeeps in Jurassic Park were cool. But with apologies to FCA/Stellantis, can you imagine if Jurassic Park 20: Aging Jeff Goldblum Needs a Paycheck has these babies on hand for our doomed-to-be-dinosaur-food characters to drive?

Between that and the original JP Explorers, Ford’s marketing possibilities are endless.

Meantime, head to AB for the pics.

[Image: Ford]

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  • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 09, 2020

    What ever the case, there's never been a better time to double down on the specialty gas guzzlers, devil cars and flush the econo boxes along with their young/first time buyers and other cheapskates.

  • EBFlex EBFlex on Sep 10, 2020

    And if it does see the light of day it will still have an abhorrent level of quality just like all Fords. Hopefully it at least makes it out of the factory before needing extensive repairs.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird The hideaway headlamps on these and other Ford vehicles of the era could have issues mostly vacuum related. Usually the vacuum hoses that ran to the actuators would deteriorate. The “coffee can” reservoir which was mounted in the front header was rarely an issue because it was protected from the elements. The other coffee can reservoir used for the HVAC controls and actuators and mounted under the passenger side wheel well had a tendency to rot away. I once replaced one on my 70 Mustang when I noticed that the vents were acting janky. Later model Fords like Fox bodies used a durable plastic globe shaped one. The radio on these 69-70 full-size Fords mounted on the left side of aircraft style instrument cluster within the drivers touch probably disappointed many young people. “Mom will you change the station?” “Andy Williams is so square”.
  • MichaelBug For me, two issues in particular:1. It can be difficult for me to maintain my lane on a rainy night. Here in southeastern PA, PennDOT's lane markings aren't very reflective. They can be almost impossible to make out when wet.2. Backing out of a parking space in a lot with heavy pedestrian traffic. Oftentimes people will walk right into my blind spot even if I am creeping back with my 4-way flashers blinking. (No backup camera in my '11 Toyota Camry.)Michael B 🙂
  • Tagbert When you publish series like this, could you include links to the previous articles in the series so that we can follow through? Thank you. Edit: now I see a link embedded in the first paragraph that goes to the previous story. It wasn’t clear at first where that link went but now I understand.
  • DungBeetle62 When you're in one of these, you life in a state of constant low-level nervous about 90% of the time. But that other 10% kinda makes up for it.
  • Garrett Instead of foisting this problem on the car companies and the people who buy cars, make those who possess liquor licenses and those who purchase alcohol take on the economic cost of this problem.
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