Professional Desert Racer Shelby Hall Puts the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor to the Test

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is the most capable off-road Ford Bronco model. The Bronco is a popular small SUV because of its off-roading prowess. The Bronco Raptor takes things to a whole new level. The Blue Oval just unveiled the amazing off-road SUV with professional desert racer Shelby Hall at the wheel.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor is the Bronco’s true potential realized

A red 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor off-road SUV in the desert.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor | Ford

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Who better to put the Ford Bronco Raptor to the test than a professional desert racer? The Ford Bronco was easily one of the most anticipated SUV releases of 2021. It was surely the most anticipated small SUV model. Blue Oval fans rejoiced as the automaker unleashed brand new Bronco models onto the country after a long hiatus.

The nameplate was put to rest after dwindling sales and the newfound popularity of larger SUV models. Today, small SUVs are all the rage, and the Bronco has been revived. Thanks to new technology and automotive innovations, the small SUV is more capable than ever before.

Off-roading has become a popular pastime in America. Popular automakers are unveiling new off-roading trims and packages to meet the demand for these types of vehicles. The Bronco couldn’t have come at a better time. Ford is producing several Bronco trims. Each trim has its own unique qualities and different degrees of off-roading prowess. The Ford Bronco Raptor, inspired by the F-150 Raptor, is the gnarliest model by a long shot.

Watch the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in action

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Ford advertises the Ford Bronco Raptor as “built for brutal desert running and rock crawling”. Shelby Hall, the granddaughter of Baja racing legend Rod Hall, stars in the Bronco Raptor reveal. Shelby is a rising star in the world of off-road racing. If anyone is qualified to put the Bronco Raptor through an extreme stress test, it’s Shelby Hall.

In the video, Hall races through the desert at high speeds and climbs jagged rocks with the Bronco Raptor. Shelby pushes the small SUV to its limit with and without the roof and doors attached in Johnson Valley, California.

What does the new Bronco Raptor feature?

A red 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor off-road SUV is driving over rocks.
The 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor | Ford

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The Ford Bronco Raptor uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine to make a massive 400 horsepower. This is a mind-blowing amount of power for a compact SUV model that’s this small. It features a Raptor Hoss 4.0 suspension with Fox 3.1 live valve shocks. The off-road SUV also includes a higher-speed stabilizer bar disconnect.

The Ford Bronco Raptor features the widest Bronco stances as well as huge 37-inch tires. Ford calls these tires the largest of any American-made production SUV model. The Bronco Raptor will be revving and roaring into dealerships in the Summer of 2022. You may not be able to pull off the same stunts as Shelby Hall in a Bronco Raptor, but the small SUV will offer off-road thrills for any driver brave enough to attempt to tame this beast. According to Motor1, the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor will start at $69,995.

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