And also one of the most expensive.
Earlier this year, Ford CEO Jim Farley hinted that a pure electric version of the new Ford Bronco could be on the way. It would be an exciting addition to the lineup which is currently made up of Broncos powered by either a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-pot or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with over 300 horsepower. But while a new Bronco EV is yet to be shown, the team at Gateway Bronco, know for their amazing Bronco builds, has just revealed their version of a first-generation Bronco with a powerful electric powertrain. It's an unlikely but oddly appealing combination, especially considering that it'll hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This old-school electrified Bronco will be sold as either the Fuelie Electric with a 200-mile range or the Luxe-GT Electric which has a range of 300 miles.
That 300-mile range nearly matches the EPA-rated range of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 RWD. With 295 horsepower from the electric motor and a body that is presumably lighter than the modern-day Bronco, it's got plenty of performance at its disposal. But perhaps more appealing than the power is the retro design. The new Bronco is an attractive off-roader but this one's blocky, raised body will turn even more heads. Beneath the sheetmetal is a powder-coated Kincer chassis with JRi shock absorbers.
With adjustable coilovers, it sits high on 18-inch wheels covered in Toyo 33-inch tires. For those willing to take it off-road, the front/rear solid axles and two-speed four-wheel-drive transfer case should be more than up to the job.
Inside, the retro look has been retained with manual window controls and analog dials, but it does have air conditioning, a modern sound system, push-button start, a genuine Porsche leather dashboard, and a rearview camera.
"We're committed to pioneering new trails in this industry and our electrified first-generation Bronco demonstrates how to infuse the latest technologies into classic functional design," said CEO Seth Burgett.
This Bronco seems to have it all but you'll need deep pockets as the Fuelie Electric starts at a whopping $260,000. The Luxe-GT Electric will cost you $380,000. It's an expensive way to save the planet but it's the kind of ride that's bound to make new Bronco owners envious, especially with this level of performance.