This Mustang-Powered 1970 Ford Bronco Sport Is Awesome

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Tackling trails has never been more fun

The new Ford Bronco Sport is just as impressive off-road as the proper Bronco, a car that you will be able to configure on Ford's website from Friday. Despite its prowess and numerous features, there's no doubt that the original Bronco Sport is a much more desirable vehicle - at least to those who like their off-road vehicles to look rugged rather than cute. Now a true classic, the 1977 Bronco Sport is a vehicle that should be preserved and cared for, but in some cases, that is not possible. In cases like these, a resto-mod is often a great way to modernize and safeguard an old treasure. Osprey Custom Cars can facilitate just that, and the results are awesome.

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We've come across the work of Osprey Custom Cars before, and we've been thoroughly impressed. For this resto-mod, the 43-year-old Bronco Sport was completely overhauled with every single nut, bolt, and fitting being replaced with brand new items. However, there's more to this vehicle than just a regular clean-up. Although not as extreme as Jay Leno's GT500-powered Bronco, this one is pretty crazy too.

A 5.0-liter Coyote V8 from a Mustang now resides under the hood and produces 415 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a new 4R70 four-speed automatic transmission with buttons instead of a lever for gear selection. Aaron Richardet, the company's founder, says: "We preserved its classic icon image and off-road capability while adding amazing performance and luxury." We can't help but agree.

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The axles have also been upgraded, while other additions include power disc brakes, LED headlights and taillights, a new hardtop, and a "family" cage that allows the seating capacity to remain unimpeded. The body has been finished in Zermatt silver metallic paint while the interior is trimmed in black leather. A power winch and new bumper have been added too, while a stainless-steel exhaust system announces your arrival. The air-conditioning system is a Vintage Air Gen IV setup while a tastefully modernized interior allows for more comfort.

Despite all these additions, Osprey says that this is just a partial summary of the vehicle. We like the idea, and the execution is nearly flawless too. A job well done.

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