Classic Ford Bronco Pairs Shelby GT500 Power With Manual Gearbox
In November, Ford and Jay Leno deployed a restored 1968 Bronco with the supercharged Shelby GT500 V8 under the hood. The revelation took place at last year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but it was only recently that Leno uploaded a video to his YouTube channel on the iconic SUV, producing a close-up look at the mighty all-terrain before to take it for a spin.
Pushing 760 horsepower (566 kilowatts) under the hood of a vehicle that made just over 100 hp (74 kW) 40 years ago is impressive in itself. However, Ford went further with the Leno Bronco, combining the new mill with a five-speed manual gearbox – a first. In the GT500, it combines with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Ford doesn’t sell the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 as a case engine, making the Leno Bronco one of the few cases where the engine powers something other than a Mustang. There is a 1 on 1 plate on the engine.
The objective of the project was to keep the Bronco as stock as possible. Dark blue paint, white top, white wheels, and dog plate hub caps help. Inside, the original steering wheel remains while the rest of the interior, made in a light brown saddle, remains sparse. It has cup holders and the radio is hidden in the center console. The original roll bar remains. According to Leno, the entire project took three months.
At the end of the video, Leno takes the supercharged Bronco by car. It sounds vicious, with the front going up and down as Leno lies in the accelerator. It’s a ridiculous combination that required a lot of work on the part of Ford and the manufacturers to get to work properly, especially this five-speed gearbox. The end product looks very fun to drive.