Ford Bronco Won’t Ever Get Factory V8 Option: Report

Even before the Ford Bronco was born this year, discussions about a V8 engine residing under its hood circulated as early as last year. But this speculation was more wishful thinking than educated guesses, and several reports have been published that this is unlikely to happen despite apparent demand from enthusiasts.

However, an interview with Muscle cars and trucks could be the final nail in the Bronco V8 casket. According to Jeff Seaman, Ford’s global program director, and Bronco chief engineer Eric Loefller, a V8-powered Bronco won’t come to fruition – and there are good reasons for it.

Emissions regulations are the biggest problem here, according to Loefller.

“We have to deal with the CO2 implications of the product. Federal requirements are now entirely based on the shadow zone (footprint). If you look at the shadow zone of a small all-terrain vehicle, the goal is quite high from a government perspective in terms of CO2, ”Loefller said in his interview with Muscle cars and trucks.

He also added that refutes the claim of demand for a Coyote V8 inside a Bronco. The main considerations for customers, he said, are horsepower, torque, capacity and fuel economy – all of this can be achieved with the Bronco’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.

If these main considerations, as Loefller pointed out, are already covered by the V6, then it makes no sense to offer a V8 and pay emission fines in the process. Seaman, meanwhile, is pretty confident in how the EcoBoost V6 would satisfy its future owners, so much so that they won’t want a bigger engine.

A Bronco V8 could still happen, thanks to the abundance of aftermarket companies in the United States, but that in itself could pose a challenge due to live updates from the Bronco.

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