The Ford Performance Division was the talk of the auto world this Monday morning when they revealed three new high performance vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. These reveals were somewhat expected, but still wowed the audience and the world.
First, they revealed the F-150 Raptor, which is based on the 2015 F-150 body style and may be available later this year. Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of the Americas, said in Ford’s press conference this morning that “Raptor is the ultimate, high-performance, off-road pickup.” With a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 Engine and a 10-speed Transmission, this full size pickup will be able to seriously tear up some dirt, sand, snow, or whatever kind of terrain you can think of!
Their next reveal was the Mustang GT350R. Ford Group’s Vice President of Global Production Development and Chief Technical Officer, Raj Nair, introduced this American sports car and called it “the most track-capable, street-legal Mustang ever.” There is much speculation that the GT350R will be available for purchase later this year! However, compared to other Ford vehicles, their production will be limited.
Ford Performance Division’s final release was perhaps the most anticipated of all: the GT. The Ford GT is unlike any other Ford, and actually reminds me of something much more European such as a Lambourgini or Maserati. With its jackknife doors, mid-engine placement, carbon fiber body panels and sleek overall look, this supercar is set to hit production in 2016. This Ford GT will put out over 600 horsepower stemming from its 3.5L Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6 Engine and 7-speed Tranny.
This is certainly the talk of the day in the automotive industry and will surely last for several days if not weeks. Much more can be found on the Ford website and by searching or using hashtags #FordNAIAS, #FordPerformance, and simply #Ford2015. Be sure to check out the video link of the press conference above, and stay tuned to our blog for more information on the Ford Performance Division and automotive news in general!