Yes! There’s finally a Coyote V8 in the Bronco!
Lest you think the Blue Oval decided to stuff its long-running eight-cylinder into your run-of-the-mill Badlands, let me go ahead and burst the bubble right now. No, this mill is not (at least at this exact moment) headed to the street. Instead, this is the 2023 Ford Bronco DR — a desert racer that’s aiming to take on the SCORE Baja 1000 next year. From there, it will go on sale to a select few off-road enthusiasts — 50, more specifically — for upwards of $200,000.
Mind you, this 6,200-pound rig making its debut in the Nevada desert as SEMA gears up is a racer through and through — so you can’t exactly roll down the Strip with it. Still, when you’re off the road you’ll get more than 400 horsepower. At least, that’s what Ford’s targeting. You’ll also get 47 degrees of approach angle, 37 degrees of breakover and a 33 degree departure angle to handle pretty much whatever kind of terrain you care to point the Bronco DR at. The racer rides on 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires with Krawl-TEK compound for better grip on slick rock, mounted on OEM 17-inch beadlock wheels. And if things do go sideways, at least you’ll have a Multimatic safety cage and a pair of Sparco race seats and safety harnesses.
Under the hood, you get a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission to go with that 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Both that and the shift-on-the-fly transfer case come straight from the F-150, while the 2023 Ford Bronco DR also uses front and rear locking differentials with 4.7:1 final drive ratios. Three large air intakes — two on the sides, one on the roof — feed the engine with cooling air to a rear-mounted radiator.
Say hello to Multimatic DSSV shocks
The 2023 Ford Bronco DR wouldn’t be a proper desert runner without some serious, Baja-ready suspension. To that end, Ford Performance ditched the Bronco’s standard setup for a Multimatic “High-Performace Off-Road Stability” system. That adds in DSSV dampers (the same sort of tech that you see in Chevrolet’s ZR2 trucks) with 80-millimeter bodies and finned fluid cooling channels. Multimatic also designed the Bronco DR’s billet aluminum lower control arms.
Against your standard four-door Bronco Badlands, Ford says the DR is targeting 55.1% better front suspension travel — or 15.8 inches. Rear suspension travel increases by 58.6%, to 17.4 inches. Ford Performance added in a host of other racing upgrades, including a full-size spare on the rear and a 65-gallon fuel tank below the cargo area.
While the 2023 Ford Bronco DR maintains most of the same shape as the four-door model, the body consists of resin transfer molded panels. To save weight, the air conidtioning system, glass and interior trim have been removed. The single-piece grille, rounded headlights and signature Bronco taillamps remain, though Ford says the wrap is just a concept and not available for sale. However, when it does arrive, the automaker says it will be finished in “the distinctive Bronco race livery of red, white, black and blue.”
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information on this racer, but expect the Bronco DR to make its way to the 55th SCORE Baja 1000 in November 2022.