Driven: the awesome Icon Bronco
Vintage looks with a modern heart. Prepare to expand your dream garage...
Posted: 01 Nov 2012
Five minutes later, and there are dunes to the east and sea to the west, and nobody about save for a small flock of brightly coloured quads patrolling the lower slopes. The Bronco stretches and yawns, and unsheathes its claws. Out on the road, it produces far more shove than the centre of gravity and tall tyres can reasonably handle - which makes it a genuinely, ah, exciting thing to muscle down a curving highway - but it remains remarkably flat through corners and doesn't suffer the inherent age-related bagginess you expect from a car of this purported vintage. It doesn't wander or squeak or sag. The steering is relatively high-geared - presumably to stop you from inadvertently flipping the car. The manual five-speed has a reasonably heavy clutch pedal, but fifth gear is long and easy - more like an overdrive - and the Bronco will happily sit at reasonable speeds all day long.
The dunes, however, are more fun. The car we're driving has a full set of ARB pneumatic differential locks (you can lock the axles at the flick of a console-mounted switch for maximum traction), as well as that Atlas transfer case and a Warn 9.0Rc 9000lb winch stuffed in the front bumper, but we never even thought to use any of it. Line up towards a dune, choose second gear and simply feed in throttle.