‘The Red Night’ Rises at SEMA 2017

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1996 Bronco SEMA

Five-R Trucks’ custom-build Bronco is an odds-on favorite in Vegas.

SEMA Show 2017 is getting underway in Las Vegas, showcasing the new, the innovative, and just plain awesome in all things automotive. Already, there are some vehicles that are destined to become fan favorites. Of course, we’re partial to the Ford trucks, of course, and this rough and ready beast seems a solid early contender.

Named “The Red Night,” this custom build by Golden, Colorado-based Five-R Trucks takes a 1996 Ford Bronco and transforms it into a serious, powerful off-roading machine. It’s packed with practical mods for better performance and has virtually everything necessary to tackle the toughest terrain, including Fusion bumpers, Fab Fours roof rack, and the Line-X Ultra Liner. Not that this badass Bronco needed any more macho points, but the bold black streaks across the body give it an extra edge that Mad Max would appreciate.

1996 Bronco SEMA

Five-R Trucks’ “Red Night” boasts impressive specs — 5.0L Coyote engine, E400 transmission, Fox 2.0 RR shocks, and Tom Woods driveshafts — and delivers maximum performance. Yes, this mean machine has got brains and looks.

Check out these first-look images from SEMA of this hardcore modified machinery. It’s a stand-out Ford truck that is likely the first in an army of awesome trucks that are due to show up at SEMA. F-150 Online is on the scene in Sin City and will be sure to share our best Ford truck finds, especially the F-Series, as they roll into town.

1996 Bronco SEMA

Photos: Nolan Browning


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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected].

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