2011 SEMA Preview: Icon Ford Bronco powered by a Mustang V8 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 20, 2011

Ford Bronco fans don’t have to wait any further to witness its comeback. Actually, it was Icon rather than Ford that got impatient and decided to build a Coyote-5.0-liter-V-8-powered resto-mod Ford Bronco. Icon is famous for having built the resto-mod Toyota FJ40s and Willys Jeep CJ3s. Enthusiasts would surely want to see the original Ford Bronco being offered once more.

Ford had presented a retro-themed Bronco concept at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show but this hasn’t led to any solid product yet. Icon, which began several years ago as TLC, worked on custom built Toyota FJ40s. First, it started with the chassis and then it got technologically advanced features such a GM-sourced 5.3-liter V-8 engine that has an output of 350-hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

After already being known as Icon, it offered a modern version of the Willys Jeep CJ3. A GM-sourced engine is used on the Icon CJ3. The Ecotec 2.4-liter I-4 delivers 200-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Icon FJ and CJ are fitted with five-speed manual transmissions as well as part time four-wheel drive transfer cases. Icon is planning to show off its Ford Bronco next month at the SEMA Show but before that happens, it was kind enough to provide a preview. What Icon created looks very similar to a first-gen Ford Bronco but is virtually a different car underneath.

Icon’s decision to equip it with Ford’s new ‘Coyote’ 5.0-liter V-8 came as a welcome development. The 5.0, which was also featured in the Ford F-150 and Mustang GT, produces 412-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque on the new Bronco.

The Coyote is mated to an Aisin Warner five-speed manual transmission and an Atlas II shift-on-the-fly part time four-wheel drive transfer case. Icon chief Jonathan Ward said that the Bronco will come with Stoptech brakes (six-piston 15-inch front, four-piston 14-inch rear), and a coil-over suspension set up that uses Eibach coils and Fox Racing shocks. There’s no way that this custom-built Bronco would be cheap. In fact, it’s priced at about $90,000 but with the impressive hardware, it’s worth it.

Topics: ford, sema show

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