The Bronco has never looked so mean.
We're well aware of just how capable the Ford Bronco is on the rough stuff. When the tarmac disappears and the road gets bumpy, Ford's little mud-plugger is an absolute joy to pilot, shrugging off obstacles and rough terrain like you wouldn't believe. Quality niggles aside, it's superb and this is reflected in its strong sales. But if you're in the very small group of people who are left wanting more, Florida-based Apocalypse 6x6 has got you covered.
Known as the Dark Horse, this six-wheeled monster goes through quite the transformation. The 189-inch-long SUV is gutted to create a far bigger pickup truck that measures 225 inches from bow to stern. The rear of the Bronco is eschewed in favor of a custom-made, five-foot-long bed made of steel and fiberglass. The soft-top also gets thrown out and is replaced by a slant back, removable hardtop fashioned out of fiberglass.
The company is no stranger to creating extreme off-roaders. Previously, it unveiled the dramatically named Apocalypse Hellfire, a six-wheeler based on the Jeep Gladiator. Along with several past models, the Dark Horse shares some similarities, such as the handmade, custom middle-axle that powers all wheels. However, the Bronco is set apart from its less sophisticated siblings with a coilover suspension setup that provides superior comfort.
The turbocharged 2.7-liter has been fettled with and now develops 400 horsepower; a huge jump from the V6's original 310 hp. Then again, it needs the extra power to lug the immense weight around. Power can be sent to all six wheels when auto mode is activated. The Dark Horse features an internal computer that determines when the front axle is needed. The rear four wheels are always powered.
This is the first-ever model to be created. A set of 20-inch SFJ wheels are wrapped in chunky 37-inch Patagonia tires and, together with a four-inch lift, lend the Dark Horse plenty of presence. Steel side steps and a front bumper coated in Kevlar do their bit, too. Naturally, it will prove unstoppable off-road, but it's not all ruggedness and scary-sounding names. Inside, the Bronco gains marine-grade dark brown leather trim on the seats and door cards.
Set to be auctioned at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Florida, the imposing six-wheeler will roll onto the auction block with no reserve, on Saturday, April 9. If you can't make it but simply must own a Bronco 6x6, don't worry - this is the first of many planned, with Apocalypse noting it even has plans to create a V8-powered derivative with Kevlar coated bodywork.