When the 2021 Ford Bronco arrives later this summer, it will mark the first time the SUV will feature a four-door variant straight from the factory. But various aftermarket companies have attempted to build their own versions in the past. More recently, however, Gateway Bronco converted a first generation model into a four-door monstrosity sporting a modern powertrain and three rows of seating. That vehicle is now part of an Omaze sweepstakes, where some lucky soul will be able to take home this delightfully unconventional SUV, plus some extra cash along with it.
The Ford Bronco being featured as the main attraction to this particular sweepstakes belongs to the first generation, which Ford produced from 1966 thru 1977. According to the description, Gateway Bronco cut a regular Bronco in half in order to stretch it, a process that sounds pretty similar to how coachbuilders construct stretch limos. Regardless, this vehicle is quite the sight to behold, and it might be a pretty fun Bronco to drive around in too, considering what’s under the hood: the Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 engine rated at 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Anyone keeping track will know that this is the exact powertrain Ford offers in the 2021 Ford Mustang GT, which means this beast should be a pretty quick steed.
Gateway didn’t stop there either, as it upgraded the wheels to custom 18-inchers wrapped in 35-inch rubber. Brembo brakes, power steps, air conditioning, power windows, and a rear view camera round out the functional upgrades.
As for amenities, those are surprisingly modern too, with the Ford Bronco receiving an Apple CarPlay-equipped stereo from Alpine that boasts Bluetooth capability. Additionally, all seats are heated and cooled.
Like all Omaze sweepstakes, entrants can enter the contest for free, but financial contributions will improve the chances of winning. Proceeds this time around help out the Kevin Love Fund, an organization founded by Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The grand prize winner will take home the aforementioned Ford Bronco, plus another $20,000 in cash. The sweepstakes runs until March 2nd, 2021.
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Cool build and all but the proportions are off on this thing. It needs more height and bigger tires to compensate for the wheelbase. Reminds me of how I feel about every stock jeep gladiator I see.