The 5.7 engine that Fiat is contemplating putting in the Wrangler weighs over 500lbs and makes about the same HP and Torque as the larger 2.7 Eco Boost. The Eco Boost for the Bronco is around 400 lbs. I don't see this putting the Bronco out of business. I would imagine the fuel economy is going to be better with the Bronco as well. 5.7L Hemi V-8 Specs (Truck Models) Engine: Chrysler 5.7L Hemi V-8 2009 - current Ram 2500/3500 383 hp @ 5,600 rpm 2013 - current Ram 1500 395 hp @ ,5600 rpm Peak Torque: 2003 - 2008 Ram 1500/2500/3500 375 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
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Compare the axle locations to the Swiss military vehicle, Pinzgauer. You will notice the the approach angle is very similar to minimize impact before wheel contact. The departure angle is extremely good to avoid bumping it's butt on ascent. Ford has been running experimental off road vehicles testing some of the equipment just for this Bronco. I think the engineers at Ford have taken into consideration axle strength to accommodate the larger wheels and tires. Jeep certainly didn't outfit their vehicles with 35's at the factory. Ford is rumored to be making a factory lift kit for the 37's. Ford did well with the Raptor series for off road capability. I can't wait to see how this Bronco does. I'm already considering selling my TJ Wrangler to offset the cost of the two door Bronco. I have an Eco Boost in my Expedition. That motor is very capable and full of torque. I can't imagine 400lbs of torque being a dog off the line for a lighter vehicle such as this.
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