Make Way For The Manhart-Tuned Ford Bronco

Dubbed BC 400, it’s based on the Badlands variant.

In the USA, Ford sells a Raptor variant of the Bronco. That, with a 3.0-litre EcoBoost engine, packs 418hp. In Germany, however, the American automaker has decided not to offer that engine. All the limited units planned for the market will be powered by the lesser 330hp 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine, something the German tuner Manhart felt strange. So, it came up with a plan. And it’s called the Manhart BC 400, based on the Ford Bronco Badlands variant.

Limited to 10 units, the Manhart BC 400 outpowers even the Bronco Raptor. Thanks to a Manhart intercooler upgrade from Whipple/Ford Racing, cold air intakes from aFe, Manhart stainless steel downpipes including 400-cell catalysts, and the MHtronik ECU tweak, the 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine pumps out 421hp/680Nm. That’s an increment of 91hp/117Nm from the standard spec. The German tuner confirms that the custom intercooler and the air intake will particularly help in warmer markets, the Middle East being a prime example.

Also Read: This Manhart-tuned E30 M3 Packs Over400hp

The Manhart BC 400 rides on Renegade R7 off-road tyres with 22-inch, 12-spoke custom wheels. Accompanying them is an upgraded braking system by Brembo, featuring 380x34mm discs and 6-piston callipers on the front axle. Those should fare well under hard-braking manoeuvres.

The plain back front fenders have been painted in the body colour, sun yellow. The same treatment has been given to the ‘Bronco’ letter on the front grille and a few other exterior details. Manhart’s décor set in contrasting black and the dark-tinted rear side windows add to the drama. The same colour combination is also found indoors, where Alcantara is the primary upholstery.

I like tastefully done tunes, and the Manhart BC 400 is one such example. And the fact that it exists because the tuner felt sad for its home market makes the whole project a bit more special. Do you agree?

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