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Ford Bronco Sport Proves Its Off-Road Prowess By Climbing Hells Gate: Video

Since the 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed last summer, we’ve seen numerous videos of the rugged SUV proving itself at the toughest trails America has to offer. That includes the infamous Hells Gate, a steep, narrow pass that’s one of the most iconic in Moab, Utah. We’ve already seen the Ford Bronco ascend this section with no problem, but now, the Ford Bronco Sport has, too.

We know this because pro drifter and purveyor of RTR, Vaughn Gittin Jr., posted a video of a Bronco Sport climbing up Hells Gate – an impressive feat for any crossover, even one that’s already secured a pretty notable off-road racing victory. The Bronco Sport is being driven by Loren Healy, a professional off-road driver and King of the Hammers winner, so obviously, he knows what he’s doing.

It is also worth noting that this Bronco Sport isn’t 100 percent stock. We can see that it’s riding on aftermarket wheels and knobbier tires than what comes on the crossover from the factory. The wheels look like they could be an RTR design, in fact, which wouldn’t be a surprise since RTR recently built its own custom Bronco with its own wheel design. It’s also equipped with a prototype 1.5-inch RTR lift, which obviously helps in this kind of situation.


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Regardless, this is an impressive feat, even taking those modifications (including the driver mod) into consideration. We’ve seen quite a few people take their Bronco Sports out wheeling since bringing them home, and we imagine that many more will want to after signing up for the Bronco Off-Roadeo and exploring the full capabilities of their Badlands or First Edition models, even if they’re still waiting to take delivery.

We’ll have more cool videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Bronco Sport news and continuous Ford news coverage.

H/T: The Drive

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    Looks properly finished with that lift.

  2. Doug

    Cmon, that’s not even a Bronco Sport. 4 doors, hello? I’m getting tired of all the ads and videos of “Bronco Sports” showing 4 door Bronco’s.

    1. NateO

      Not sure What you are referring to. This is most definitely the baby Bronco Sport. The 4 door unibody crossover with big brother Bronco styling and mostly Escape underpinnings, but apparently a bit more capable than its brother in street clothes.

    2. Mike

      What are you talking about. Maybe you should learn more about the Bronco first.

    3. Kiel

      Have you visited Ford’s website? Because it seems that you’re lacking the knowledge that the Bronco Sport is 4 doors. The regular “Bronco” is the two-door variant.

  3. Ross

    Australia wants this!! Come on FORD!!!

    1. Wazza351

      Ross, Definitely, it would give the unreliable Jeep a run for its money

      1. Ross

        Yep, both the Bronco and the Bronco Sport.
        They both suit our Australian lifestyle and will give Ford Aus some much needed credibility and enthusiasm

        1. Wazza351

          I couldn’t agree more…..There is a story in one of our Aussie motoring website [can’t remember which one] and the odd reason why FoMoCo isn’t going to do a right hand drive version, I read the story and tbh it really didn’t make sense…..


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