After years of speculation, teasers and leaks, Ford will finally unveil the Bronco 2021 on July 13. The Dearborn-based automaker was adamant about the SUV’s off-road capability, saying it would compete with the venerable Jeep Wrangler. When it reaches customers, likely within the next year, they will be able to increase Hennessey’s performance for certain aftermarket upgrades.
The famous Texas tuner has a page on his site announcing “Upgrade package available”. Details are scarce at the moment, but it looks like Hennessey will be offering several goodies that will improve its performance both on and off the asphalt. The tuner advertises a high-flow air intake system and stainless steel exhaust, an aftercooler system, larger tires and off-road wheels, a suspension kit, “and much more.” It wouldn’t be a Hennessey without more power and torque.
A leak suggested that the Bronco would use Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost grinder that produces 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) in the Ranger. Hennessey offers an upgrade for this mill which increases power to 360 hp (268 kW). Torque goes from 310 lb-ft (420 Newton-meter) to 440 lb-ft (596 Nm). However, the Bronco could also use the larger 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 available in the F-150. That’s good for 325 hp (242 kW) from the factory. This would give Hennessey more leeway in the area of power.
We still have a lot to learn about the Bronco, and we hope Ford will fill all of these blanks next month. Ford talked about the capacity of the Bronco. Going against the likes of the Jeep Wrangler will not be an easy task given the Jeep’s long history of continuous production and robust after-sales support. If Ford hopes to beat the Wrangler on the trails, not only does Ford need to build a capable SUV, it also needs a robust aftermarket scene, and having Hennessey to settle the Bronco should help.