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Ford Bronco DR: The Bronco with V8 engine is here

Ford introduces the long-awaited Bronco with V8 engine. However, as a real off-road racing machine and in a limited edition for the time being.

Ford is now also introducing the Bronco with a V8 engine. But the off-road vehicle doesn't get the 5.0-liter engine just like that: it has so far only been intended for the off-road racing version of the Bronco. From the factory, the Bronco DR is specifically designed to compete in the Baja 1000. The Baja 1000 takes place annually on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California and is one of the toughest and longest off-road races in the world.

With a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine

The DR is based on the four-door version of the Bronco. The engineers have significantly modified the off-roader for desert racing. The centerpiece is the third generation of the naturally aspirated Coyote V8 with a displacement of five liters. The engine is said to deliver more than 400 hp, and Ford would like to supply exact details at a later date. The cooler positioned in the rear gets air through inlets positioned in the roof. The drive torque is distributed via a ten-speed automatic transmission of the type 10R80 known from the Ford F-150. There is an electronically lockable differential on the front and rear axles.

30 centimeters of ground clearance

Ford developed many components of the Bronco DR together with the racing specialist Multimatic. For example, the new dampers come from the supplier. Compared to the Badlands equipment, these allow 55.1 percent more spring travel at the front and 58.6 percent at the rear. The front approach angle is 47 and the rear 37 degrees, the ground clearance is Ford at 30 centimeters. In racing, the Bronco DR weighs 2.8 tons - but its tank is then also filled with 246 liters of Super. 37-inch BFGoodrich tires with bedlock rims ensure contact with the ground. The wheels should ensure good grip, especially on rocky ground. The electric power steering has been reinforced for off-road use and the standard brakes have race-ready pads.

Sophisticated roll cage

The interior is protected by a roll cage, which the engineers have optimized using finite element methods (numerical solving of complex systems from differential equations). The driver looks at a Motec C187 display. There is also a CAN data acquisition system with optional cloud-based data access.

Fiberglass body

The body is made of fiberglass but rests on the standard four-door chassis. To further save weight, the engineers have removed the air conditioning, other interior equipment and all glass. Also, the Bronco DR is a two-seater. New side panels cover the no longer used rear door openings.

Baja 1000 again

With the new Bronco DR, Ford wants to build on a long-ago Baja success: in 1969 Rod Hall and Larry Minors won the Baja 1000 overall in a series Bronco. In 2022, Ford wants to take part in the Baja 1000 with a prototype of the Bronco DR, sales of the production model will then begin at the end of 2022, with the first deliveries planned for 2023. At first, Ford only wants to build 50 copies โ€“ it is not yet known when more will follow. The price should be around 250,000 dollars (currently the equivalent of around 215,744 euros).


The Ford Bronco DR is a very serious desert racer - built to win the tough Baja 1000 off-road rally. The fans should be happy that the Bronco is now available again with a V8 engine. However, the DR is only intended for racing use - it is not yet known whether there will be a road version with a V8 engine.

The technical ingredients and terrain values โ€‹โ€‹of the Bronco DR read promisingly - the car could be a serious contender in off-road racing. Ford scares off pure fun buyers with the price: the Bronco DR should cost around 250,000 dollars (currently the equivalent of around 215,744 euros) at the end of 2022. In addition, Ford warns inexperienced owners of the terrain monster: "Always read the operating instructions before driving off-road. Learn about the terrain and its special difficulties before driving and use appropriate safety equipment."


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