This year Ford is all about performance when it comes to the vehicles they introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. And boy are they bringing it this year. Ford has brought back two vehicle lines that we all thought might be gone. It turns out that they were holding out designs for a couple years so that they could bring them back better than ever.
First up… The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.
This one sure makes my friend InDeepH2O oh so happy since she is a Raptor fanatic. The F-150 Raptor Is Ford’s Toughest, Smartest, Most Capable Truck for Ultimate Off-Road Performance.
Toughest: All-new, purpose-built high-strength steel frame
unique to Ford F-150 Raptor, and high-strength, militarygrade,
aluminum-alloy body help save more than 500
pounds of weight for improved performance and capability
• Smartest: Powered by all-new, high-output 3.5-liter
engine with more horsepower and torque than
current Raptor’s 411-horsepower, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2-liter V8;
all-new 10-speed transmission; advanced LED lighting,
camera technology for improved visibility day or night
• Most capable: Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with
more suspension travel and all-new terrain management
technology help F-150 Raptor tackle America’s toughest
trails – from dry washes in the Mojave Desert to Moab’s
rocky terrain to Michigan mud, sand and snow
Next on the list in performance vehicles is the 2016 Ford GT.
When Ford unveiled this car at their press conference you heard a collective gasp as this amazing piece of machinery drove on to the stage. I am not surprised that this 600+ Horsepower won the NAIAS EyesOn Design Award for best production vehicle. I was in awe at the lines of this beauty. Truly a work of art and masterpiece.
A next-generation, 600-plus-horsepower twin-turbocharged
EcoBoost® V6 engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key
attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain. The engine
is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle that provides for
near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the design of the Ford GT,
with every slope and shape designed to minimize drag. An active
rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, deploying and
adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.
Beginning production in 2016, Ford GT arrives in select global
markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars
placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Lastly, Ford debuted the Shelby GT350R Mustang.
Blazing in with a bit of drifting action to the stage, this Mustang is the most track ready, road-going production Mustang ever built. It will be in limited production in the US and Canada later this year. This car just screams muscle and performance that you expect from the Mustang line.
The new 5.2-liter dual-overhead-cam V8 engine is the firstever
production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft – an
architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic
European sports cars.
I am in awe of these three new performance vehicles that Ford has unveiled this year. They really are a triple threat!! It shows that Ford is working to move forward in so many facets of the automotive world. Technology, mobility, performance, and many more.