Nearly 50 years ago, this 1972 Ford Bronco would have rumbled along the streets—or, hopefully, the trails—with a straight-six or a more powerful 302-cubic-inch V-8. After paying half a buck per gallon of gasoline, the happy driver would have compressed the clutch, turned the key to fire up the carbureted machine, and carried on with their day. When the driver pushes the dash-mounted start button on the old-timey Bronco you see here, there’s no rumble of an engine and an itching left foot finds no clutch. Indeed, this restomod LUXE-GT Electric Ford Bronco’s silence is as likely to strike up a conversation among onlookers at The Quail event during Monterey Collector Car Week as its swoon-worthy look.
This classic first-gen SUV lives a completely new, modernized life thanks to the crew at Gateway Bronco. The full build—which included way more than the gas-to-EV powertrain swap—took place within the confines of Gateway Bronco’s 60,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Hamel, Illinois. Gateway Bronco, licensed by Ford Motor Company, underpins vintage classic Broncos with contemporary engines (or motors), transmissions, brake systems, and suspension setups, while revitalizing the interior and body.
Gateway Bronco has offered an EV Bronco in the recent past, but the LUXE-GT Electric Classic Ford Bronco represents the next generation EV powertrain for its electrified classic Ford Bronco. Its range has been extended from 200 miles to over 300 miles, and its reported zero-to-60-mph time is a compelling 4.7 seconds.
Like The Fuelie Electric (that’s the name of Gateway’s first electric Bronco), the next-gen LUXE-GT Electric also uses a 540-volt EV drivetrain with a 220-kW electric motor. The Fuelie Electric started at $260,000, while the new LUXE-GT Electric starts at $380,000.
Another focal point of the Gateway Bronco LUXE-GT Electric Classic Ford Bronco is its custom JRide Electronic Ride Control Suspension. This race shock technology, developed in conjunction with JRi Shocks, allows drivers to electronically adjust the coilover shocks on the fly with the touch of a button. Who wouldn’t want a version of drive modes in a vintage Bronco?
With lightning quick acceleration backed by suspension that can handle the thrust, Gateway Bronco made sure the rest of the vintage electric Bronco was modernized to handle the extra demand. For example, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes help stop the rig, which rolls on 33-inch Toyo tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels. The whole thing sits atop a brand new chassis that has been completely powder coated.
Not to be outdone by the hidden surprises of Gateway’s electric Ford Bronco, that which is visible—the interior and exterior—exude beautiful craftsmanship. It’s dripping with lavish materials including barn wood (bed, tailgate, quarter panels), Porsche leather (dash, seating, console), and baseball stitch leather (on the four-point roll bar). Last but not least, it’s been equipped with air conditioning, a rear backup camera, LED lighting, a Focal Studio sound system, a color-matched custom Bimini top, and custom painted Ranger stripes.
Show this Gateway Bronco LUXE-GT Electric Ford Bronco to someone with more money than sense, and maybe you can find yourself in the passenger seat. Don’t try to convince any purists, though, because they’ll likely hate the whole idea and whip out pictures of their early Bronco—or the one they wish they owned. We think the whole idea is thrilling, and the execution is beyond reproach.
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