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New 2.7 liter V6 looks & sounds like nuts and it flies

What do the letters GOAT mean to you?

To me, it means The Greatest of All Time. Absolute legends like Ayrton Senna, Valentino Rossi, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali.

As early as 2023, four-door petrol will be sold across Europe as left-side sellers

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As early as 2023, four-door petrol will be sold across Europe as left-side sellersCredit: James Lipman

But to Ford it means something else: All terrain traversing.

I just discovered it while driving a new Ford Bronco in Yankland one day.

As well as the usual 4L/4H modes you’d expect from a 4×4 pukka, Bronco has GOAT modes for Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawl.

In other words, truly wild off-road adventure.

I was too young to know who came up with the first acronym.

The original Bronco was introduced in the 60s.

Did people call Pele GOAT back then? I do not know.

But certainly Bronco likes to be stuck.

There are more buttons for differential locking, disconnecting the front anti-roll bar (for large wheel couplings), and for controlling accessories like the roof lights or winch.

Follow-up question: Why are we discussing a legendary American truck that was never sold in the UK?

Well, I can absolutely confirm that the new one will be.

As early as 2023, the four-door petrol will be sold across Europe as a left-side pickup.

Yes, only drive on the left at first.

But does that really matter when you’re buying something as solid as the Land Rover Defender, as cool as the Jeep Wrangler, and cheaper of both?

When Ford launches the Bronco EV a little further, all versions (two-door and four-door) will be available in right-hand drive mode.

Cycle back to my conversation with Ford CEO Jim Farley at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in July.

“I’m sure one day we’ll have an off-road brand in the UK,” he told me.

He also promised: “If you love Mustang, you’ll love Bronco.”

I do. So many, so much.

Ford is at its best to create fun stuff for enthusiasts and the two-door Bronco starts at just £23k at A. Bargain in the US.

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It uses the same 2.3-liter gasoline as the Focus RS and Mustang.

We tried the top-spec First Edition, powered by a delicious 2.7-liter V6.

It looks like nuts. It sounds crazy. And go like the clappers.

As beautiful as it looks, it feels refined, sophisticated and precise on the road – unlike a wayward Wrangler.

You can thank the independent front suspension for that.

Also, unlike the Wrangler, the cabin is a great blend of modern and classic.

Large double screen combined with exposed Bronco handles and latches.

Ford’s new SYNC 4 infotainment system with a 360-degree reversing camera is top notch.

This sequel is a lot like Wrangler.

Take off your doors and roofs and become part of the world around you. Who cares if it rains?

The seat is made of marine grade vinyl. The knobs and switches are made of rubber and sealed with silicone. Rubber floor with drain plug.

You’ll also find small nods to its legacy lurking everywhere – including the first-generation Bronco doing sixth-generation Bronco stuff on the inclinometer.

The lanyard loops have lasso printed on the side.

So you have it.

First new Bronco in 25 years.

It has looks. It has minerals. And it’s coming.

Yee-hah.

I think this could be Defender’s worst nightmare.

Ford's new SYNC 4 infotainment system with 360-degree reversing camera is top notch

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Ford’s new SYNC 4 infotainment system with 360-degree reversing camera is top notchCredit: James Lipman
As well as the usual 4L/4H modes you would expect from a 4x4 pukka Bronco there are GOAT modes for Sand, Baja and Rock Crawl

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As well as the usual 4L/4H modes you would expect from a 4×4 pukka Bronco there are GOAT modes for Sand, Baja and Rock CrawlCredit: James Lipman
Top-spec first version powered by a delicious 2.7-liter V6

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Top-spec first version powered by a delicious 2.7-liter V6Credit: James Lipman
Ford CEO Jim Farley Promises: 'If You Love Mustang, You'll Love Bronco'

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Ford CEO Jim Farley Promises: ‘If You Love Mustang, You’ll Love Bronco’Credit: James Lipman
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Caroline Bleakley

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