Bronco Narrowly Wins Drag Race Over Wrangler

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Sizing them up

Very first, our extended-phrase Jeep Wrangler. We purchased this a person, a 2018 Rubicon model, additional than four many years back. And in that time it can be racked up more than 80,000 miles — several of them demanding, complicated miles of off-road driving. So even though it packs a first rate 3.6-liter V6 engine below the hood, earning 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, we had suspicions that its tough lifetime could have sapped some efficiency. Nevertheless, it has just one major gain: weight. In our testing the Wrangler tipped the scales at 4,545 lbs, nearly 700 pounds lighter than the Bronco.

Correct, so about our prolonged-term Ford Bronco. We’ve had this just one only a few small months, obtaining last but not least taken shipping just after several extended delays. But our to start with impressions are that the Bronco is worthy of the wait. It’s beautifully capable off-road, and its optional twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine has plenty of muscle. Rated at 330 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, it dominates the Wrangler on paper. The weight discrepancy, even so, usually means that these rigs have about the identical electrical power-to-body weight ratio, needing to shift roughly 16 lbs of SUV with just about every horsepower. Indeed, our independent monitor tests of both of those automobiles revealed identical periods in the quarter mile (15.6 seconds for the Bronco versus 15.8 seconds for the Wrangler), with the Wrangler essentially moving a hair speedier at that level (85.9 mph to the Bronco’s 85 mph flat).

In short, while you may well imagine the Bronco V6 would wipe the ground with the Wrangler, our take a look at numbers indicated a toss-up. But races usually are not operate on paper. They are run on pc screens.