It can be yours for $185,000.
After an agonizingly long wait, the reborn 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to finally break cover at the 2020 New York Auto Show next month and go on sale early next year. If, however, you can't wait until then, startup company Zero Labs Automotive has been fully restoring classic Ford Broncos to their former glory.
But while the 2021 Ford Bronco is expected to pack anything from a 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder to a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 paired with a seven-speed manual gearbox, these restored Broncos are more emissions compliant. Last year, Zero Labs Automotive unveiled the world's first fully-electric Ford Bronco with premium carbon fiber body panels. Now, there's a cheaper option available with a classic steel body. While it may look like a vintage Bronco, the electric SUV features as many 1,000 newly designed parts.
"While people love the detail and quality of the all-carbon fiber version, we had many requests for the classic steel body which wasn't practical on the first 1.0 electric platform. So now we are able to offer both the lighter, faster and more modern Carbon fiber as well as a slightly less expensive Original Classic design of Factory Steel."
Both the carbon fiber and steel body versions come with a new "2.0 chassis platform" with standard independent front and rear suspension and an optional dual-motor setup producing up to 600 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque. There's even an old-school five-speed manual transmission for added authenticity. Power is sent to a two-speed transfer case, which can be transferred to either the rear or all four wheels, while a 70 kWh battery pack provides a range of 190 miles.
Zero Labs has also added Fox shock absorbers to help the electric Bronco handle rough terrain and Brembo brakes. Inside, the electric Bronco restomod is finished in premium leather as standard, or you can also opt for vegan seating. Customers can also choose from a selection of handmade wood or carbon fiber panels.
It may be cheaper than the carbon fiber version, but the steel-bodied electric Ford Bronco will set you back at least $185,000 before you start adding options.
Each electric Bronco takes thousands of hours to handcraft at the company's production facility near SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. According to Zero Labs, production of the new steel-bodied electric Ford Bronco has already started, with customer deliveries slated to kick off later this year.