The Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco was discontinued in 1996. Now interest in the OJ Simpson miniseries has people talking about the Simpson police chase all over again. The iconic white Bronco, which was driven by Al Cowlings while Simpson hid out in the back with a gun to his head, is not exactly the image Ford wants associated with its heritage vehicle. Still, the fact remains that the Ford Bronco has some of the most vocal fans on the internet. Although fans have been asking for the Ford to make a comeback for years, Ford has still demurred. That hasn’t stopped the people of the Bronco6G forum from creating new renderings speculating on the look of a possible sixth-generation Bronco. Fans envision the truck using a traditional frame, like the platform used in the new midsize Ranger, Iconic round headlights and classic ridges above the fenders emphasize the old-school boxy profile, as does the wrench in the front bumper.
Buick Regal Grand National Experimental (GNX)
The Buick GNX was a muscle car drawn straight from the 1980s, boasting 276 horespower. The GNX still has many fans due to the performance stats that would still be great even today: 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds. It was once rumored that Buick downplayed the power of the GNX motor so as not to interfere with its promotion of the Corvette as its flagship muscle car. A resurgent Buick could put out an all-black GNX with a turbocharged V6 and generate a lot of excitement in the process. Alas, Buick announced that contrary to years of rumors, there were no plans for a new GNX, leaving fans to create mockups that are yet to come to fruition.
The Toyota Supra was once a very popular performance sports car. The turbo variant had a 320-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder engines, making it a spectacular powerplant. A souped-up version of the Supra has been featured prominently in the Fast & Furious movie franchise, but the Supra hasn’t been seen stateside since 1998 and ceased production for good in 2002. The Supra would reintroduce the world to the Japanese carmaker’s sporty side. Rumors are currently at a fever pitch about a new Supra, largely because of the collaboration between Toyota and BMW, leading many to predict that an updated version is in the works.
Who didn’t love VW’s iconic Microbus? Whether you were heading off to Woodstock, planning a summer road-trip or looking for a family vehicle that was actually fun, you couldn’t do any better than the Microbus. It was also a top-seller for 64 years. VW just won’t give us back that versatile full-size van, instead introducing half-baked minivans to the US market every couple of years. Although VW suggested its new BUDD-e minivan would somehow evoke the model for the 21st century, it is yet another disappointing minivan. We’d trade all of the new VW models for a crackerjack Microbus.
Lincoln is making a huge comeback and generating some buzz with a series of so-weird-they’re-funny commercials featuring Matthew McConaughey. Why not capitalize on this with the re-release of one of its most famous products, the Lincoln Continental? Wait- the company did just that, premiering its 2017 Continental at the Chicago Auto Show after a 16 year absence from the market. The new Lincoln starts with a base 3.7-liter V-6, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 or a 3-liter twin-turbo six making 400 horsepower for maximum power. It’s also unmistakably a luxury vehicle. Ford kept some of the car’s eccentric traits, like door handle placement. What do you think of the new Lincoln? Does it stoke your fire or leave you feeling cold?