"Wow! What fun!"
This was my first impression from driving Edmunds' own long-term Bronco First Edition. But then something else crept in the more I drove it. There was an almost unfinished quality to it. Intentionally or unintentionally, Ford left something on the table. The Bronco was a Jeep Wrangler equivalent, but not the Wrangler-dominating machine I thought it might be. I confided in colleagues because maybe my expectations were too high, but they mirrored my sentiment.
Expectations are resentments under construction, y'all, remember that.
I should have taken my own advice, because when I got the invite to drive the new 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor, my expectations were once again through the roof. This has to be the one, I kept telling myself. After all, for more than 10 years, Raptors have represented the pinnacle of Ford's F-150 lineup. These trucks are no-compromise machines that aren't done by just anybody at Ford, but by the hardcore folks at Ford Performance. If it's a Raptor, it means business.
Wouldn't you know it, I had barely made my way out of the parking lot in the new Bronco Raptor when I could feel something else in my bones: This really was the Bronco I'd been waiting for. So, how did Ford Performance do it?