The revived Ford Bronco provides enthusiasts a whole lot to love, but there is one omission: there’s no Bronco V-8. While the lack of an eight-cylinder engine option is hardly a deal-breaker, some die-hard enthusiasts would probably like to see one for nostalgic reasons. Unfortunately for them, it sounds like a V-8 is a no-go for the Bronco.
Speaking with Bronco Chief Engineer Eric Loefller, Muscle Cars & Trucks reports a Bronco V-8 is unlikely to ever happen due to federal emissions regulations. Specifically, emissions regulations are based on the physical footprint of the vehicle. The smaller the vehicle, the higher the fuel economy standards, which doesn’t bode well for the relatively small Bronco.
Loefller adds that if Ford felt the Bronco customer experience would be significantly enhanced by slotting in Ford’s Coyote V-8, they would seriously consider it. That said, they feel the Bronco’s twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 will delight most Bronco buyers with no issues, calling the V-6 a “damn good” engine.
While a V-8 may be out of the question for the Bronco, that doesn’t mean a more powerful alternative isn’t in the works. There’s already rumors of a Bronco Raptor, which could utilize Ford’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 found under the hood of the Explorer ST and Lincoln Aviator. That engine produces 400 horsepower nad 415 pound-feet of torque.
There’s also speculation that Ford will ultimately produce a Bronco hybrid to compete with the upcoming Jeep Wrangler 4XE. Attaching an electric motor or two to either V-6 engine is going to generate some healthy, V-8 like power without the emissions concern.