The Ford Bronco 2021 has not yet been released, and there is already a replacement company ready to swap a V8. The news comes from the TFLnow YouTube channel, which uncovered upcoming Pax Power upgrades. The Texan tuner is looking to add a spoonful of power to the planned all-terrain vehicle, which should appeal to some fans; however, the conversion will not be cheap.
Pax Power will offer two engine upgrades: a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 or a supercharged engine. The Bronco will arrive from the factory with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.7-liter V6 with twin turbochargers. The smaller mill produces 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton meters) of torque while the V6 produces 310 hp (231 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. Both pairs with a 10-speed manual transmission, but it won’t be the gearbox that V8 engines use.
The reason for the high price of the conversion is that people will have to pay not only for the engine but also for another 10-speed gearbox. The programming of the one that comes from Ford’s stock in the Bronco is not compatible with V8 engines and other vehicle systems. It is therefore easier to buy a new one. The naturally aspirated upgrade will increase the power of the Bronco to around 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (543 Nm) of torque. Boost the shredder and the power goes to 758 hp (565 kW).
There is a manual available from Bronco stock, but it is only available with the smallest four-cylinder engine. However, Pax Power will offer its V8 upgrades with a manual, which could be a way to allow customers to have fun with three pedals in a modern Bronco powered by a V8.
Pax Power is probably just the first of several aftermarket tuners willing to trade Bronco’s stock factories for beefy V8 beasts. Having more than 700 horsepower in an off-road SUV is crazy. It’s not even out yet, although we doubt that 700 hp will be the most we see stuffed under the hood of the Bronco.