SEMA 2011: Icon Teases Coyote-Hearted Ford Bronco

The original Ford Bronco is probably one of the vehicles people most want to see “brought back” from the dead. Ford even seemingly toyed with the idea, showing off a retro-themed Bronco concept at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, although nothing ever came of it. Rather than wait for the Bronco’s second coming, Icon, makers of resto-mod Toyota FJ40s and Willys Jeep CJ3s, decided to take matters into their own hands, creating a Coyote-5.0-liter-V-8-powered resto-mod Ford Bronco.

Icon got started a few years back as TLC, which is Icon’s sister company dedicated exclusively to the Land Cruiser. Back then TLC started to custom build Toyota FJ40s, starting with the chassis and then adding modern goodies like a GM-sourced 5.3-liter V-8 producing 350-hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. After a name change to Icon, they added a modern interpretation of the Willys Jeep CJ3 to its lineup. The Icon CJ3 again features a GM-sourced engine — this time it’s an Ecotec 2.4-liter I-4 producing 200-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Both the Icon FJ and CJ put their power to the ground through five-speed manual transmissions and part time four-wheel drive transfer cases.

While Icon plans on a SEMA debut next month for its take on the venerable Ford Bronco, it did preview to us what we can expect. Looking much like a first-gen Ford Bronco, Icon’s version is essentially all-new under the skin. The biggest (and most pleasant) surprise is Icon’s choice of Ford’s new ‘Coyote’ 5.0-liter V-8. The 5.0, which also sees duty in the Ford F-150 and Mustang GT, and produces a healthy 412-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque under the hood of the new Bronco. The Coyote is bolted to an Aisin Warner five-speed manual transmission and an Atlas II shift-on-the-fly part time four-wheel drive transfer case.

As for the other goodies, Icon chief Jonathan Ward told our friends at Motor Trend that the Bronco would have Stoptech brakes (six-piston 15-inch front, four-piston 14-inch rear), and a coil-over suspension set up using Eibach coils and Fox Racing shocks. Color us impressed.

We’re expecting each custom-built Bronco to cost between $150,000 and $180,000, plus the cost of a donor vehicle. Sure, it’s not cheap. But with all the drool-worthy hardware included, it’s sure to find homes with some well-heeled off-road enthusiasts.

We’ll have more details and live pictures of the new Bronco at the SEMA show at the beginning of November. For more detailed pictures, check out the link to Motor Trend below.

Source: Motor Trend

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