It should be said that we’re incredibly excited for the new Ford Bronco to hit the road in 2020. It might only be getting a V6 or even a 2.3-liter four-cylinder, though there’s a possibility of an engine with 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque on tap. However, what this does signal is that unless you work at Dodge, the days of putting the biggest, best engine possible into every car that deserves it are over.
Classic Car Club of Manhattan just put its bright ‘Kubota Orange’ Bronco up for auction on bringatrailer.com. It features has an old-school, cross-generational engine swap Ford should be inspired by to replicate in 2020, but probably won’t. CCC’s ’79 Bronco borrows its power from a late-’80s 5.0-liter Mustang V8. The truck is refurbished, rebuilt and coated with POR-15 where ever necessary in order to prevent the Bronco’s arch nemesis, rust, from rearing its head. A generous suspension-lift makes room for 33-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires underneath, while intake and exhaust system upgrades under the hood help the Franken-Bronco breath better.
The 2020 Ford Bronco is going to fly off showroom floors if it follows through on being a capable off-roader, but shoehorning the 5.0-liter V8 from the concurrent Mustang can only sweeten the deal for enthusiasts in search for power and torque. Instead of killing off the Taurus, Ford should have dropped in the 526 horsepower 5.2-liter V8 from the GT350. Why doesn’t Subaru stick the flat-four from the STI in the BRZ? The Chevy Impala SS should make a comeback with the V8 from the Corvette. These are the fun, exciting cars that will make people enthusiastic about driving again. Until then, we have to settle for CCC’s Mustang-powered Bronco, which… isn’t settling at all because it’s a match made in a heavenly stable.