Let's talk Broncos!!
In 1965, Ford was working to compete against the International Harvester Scout as well as Jeep to create their first SUV. Out of that process, the Bronco was born in 1966. In fact, this new off-road vehicle was so good right out of the gate that it not only competed in, but it went on to win first in its class at the Baja 1000 race in 1967. In 1969, the Bronco was so dominant that it won First Place in the overall race, beating even the motorcycle class, something that has never been done again.
What started as a small sport utility vehicle eventually grew larger in ‘77 and was produced in that format all the way through 1996. Since then, Ford has not produced a Bronco. The retro and restoration world is full of them, many commanding very high prices as the demand clearly exceeds the supply. Now here we are – twenty-five years later - and Ford has decided to fire up the assembly lines and revive their original sport utility, in a 6th generation retro format to make it even more interesting and desirable.
When I heard that Ford was taking orders for the new Bronco, after doing a Happy Dance around the room, I called our dealer right away and put down our hard-earned $100 deposit to get on The List.
We unfortunately missed out on the very limited First Edition (both times!) and decided to order the WILDTRAK package. The new addition to our family will not arrive until next year, however, here are a few specs so you can get to know her.
This retro-styled beast will be the 4-door version with all-wheel drive. It will be powered by my favorite 2.7 liter Eco-Boost Gas Engine (I do love me some twin turbo power!). The Horsepower will be 310 @ 5,500 rpm and the Torque 400 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm. It will have the 10-speed automatic transmission which I have personally experienced in my current F150 Eco-Boost truck. I am excited to test this package out in the new Bronco. If my F150 is any indication, this little horsey should be very fun!
In January we have to decide on the exterior color for our new friend. Do you have any suggestions? The Cyber Orange was high on my list because it was different. Then I realized it was a Tri-coat paint color. For those of you who don’t know what that means it is not as easy to repair when damage occurs. I am married to an automotive painter who mixes his own custom colors that are purposely NOT tri-coat (3-stage), so choosing a factory color is very difficult because his colors are so amazing - and easily repairable. The struggle is real and I would love to hear your choice of color, so don’t hold back.
In the meantime, I’ll keep happy-dancing around the house because 2021 cannot get here fast enough!