Ford GT at the 2015 NAIAS
If you’ve ever heard of the Ford Raptor, Ford GT, or Shelby Mustang, I recommend you take a seat before you continue reading, as what Ford’s revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show could come across as a shocker.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
First off, the Raptor. The brawny pick-up truck is no longer the rowdy dowdy that it once was. Based on the new generation Ford F-150, the 2017 Ford Raptor certainly looks smarter, and you’re better off believing that it is. Powered by a 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that gets mated to a 10 speed automatic transmission, the all-new Raptor not only puts out more power than its predecessor with the mighty 6.2 litre V8 engine, but also weighs about 225 kg less due to its aluminium body.
Although the ten speed automatic transmission could prove to be an issue off-road, the 2017 Ford Raptor comes with standard Fox Racing Shocks that have been enlarged for greater suspension travel, a Torsen limited-slip front differential, and a Terrain Management System with multiple driving modes. Only time will tell if the improved American behemoth will be any good on the dunes of the Emirates.
2017 Ford GT
On the other hand, a car that nobody doubts is the all-new Ford GT. Flaunting all the cues of a proper sports car, the rear-wheel-drive, mid-mounted GT kicks out a dizzying 600 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged V6 engine. And while it may look like a concept car, its design isn’t going to be watered down as it’s a preview of the very car that is set to hit showrooms sometime in 2016.
Performance is key and keeping weight to a minimum, even more so. Utilizing lightweight materials including carbon fibre and aluminium for the chassis, the Ford GT boasts a phenomenal power to weight ratio. Handling on the other hand is aided with a racing-style torsion bar and pushrod setup with adjustable ride height and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires designed specifically for the new GT.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Chevrolet let its Z/28 Camaro loose and Chrysler allowed the Hellcat twins to join the party, but while all of that had been going on, the boys in blue had been working in silence to come up with this hooligan – the Shelby GT350R.
Being an outright track annihilating weapon, the GT350R follows the same mantra as the Z/28; if a certain part isn’t devoted to improving track times, then ditch it. The results have been as expected, there’s no air conditioning system, stereo, trunk floorboard, carpet, backup camera, or spare tire. But if any of that bothers you, then you’re definitely looking at the wrong car.
Churning out over 500 horsepower and 540 Nm of torque from its 5.2 litre V8 engine, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is all about the power, and that’s clear. We love it!