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The return of the muscle car is upon us, despite these awful times to be selling cars. The Dodge Challenger is a beauty; the new Chevrolet Camaro should be a dream; and the Ford Mustang , well it could be bringing back the shaker hood with an all new Mach 1. The package was first unveiled back in 1969 and was a more affordable alternative to the factory tuned Shelby cars. The package was reintroduced in 2003 combining a dancing hood scoop with a unique set of rims for the Mustang .

If the design team at Ford get a look at Edmundo Cano’s photoshop makeover of a 2010 Mustang, it’s most likely that there will be a new Mach 1 for 2011, and with the introduction of Ford’s new Coyote V8 finding its way under the hood, why not give it a little room to breathe. We especially like the flat black treatment and vents covering the rear windows, an accessory that no new Mustang should be without. The 20 inch Torq Thrust rims are pure modern day muscle.

This is just a rendering, however not too far off from a production car, stamp a few holes in a couple of hoods, apply a few black vinyl graphics and paint a couple of sets of oversized wheels; and Ford would be ready to go. It is this kind of special edition vehicle that makes us think a little harder about buying American, we couldn’t think of anything better to be seen in laying down 400 HP worth of smokey burnouts.

Source: Autoblog
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Ford’s future SVT Raptor is one of the few trucks that gives us that warm and tingly feeling inside. Built with a slew of high performance aftermarket parts straight off the showroom, Ford claims that it will be the “first truck you could buy right off the lot and drive in Baja.” That is exactly what filmmaker Bud Brutsman was out to show.

The documentary "Raptor-Born in Baja" will debut at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California on June 23rd. The film follows Ford’s design team, race engineers and team directors as they put the Raptor together and then put the off-road F-150 through its paces by entering the grueling Baja 1000, one of the toughest all terrain races in the world. A test that the Raptor passed with flying colors, coming in third in class in what was supposed to be a development run.

Following the film’s premiere, a one-hour television version of the feature will air on the SPEED Channel on Sunday, July 12. Check you local listings for time and channel.

Press release after the jump.

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We have just received the all new 2009 Ford Focus Coupe in the Top Speed test fleet. The profile of the two-door Focus with its fastback styling immediately reminded us of the old Sierra Cosworth Cosworth , with the modern day car’s long slanted C pillar and oversized rear wing. The Focus Coupe gives the impression of being a sports car, something that is only accentuated by its Sangria Red metallic paint and the rally inspired premium dark painted wheels.

The interior of our Focus Coupe comes with Medium Stone leather seats and Ford’s Sync audio system. These are two luxuries that you won’t find in many other $20,000 new cars. It looks like Ford is targeting the youth market with the Focus Coupe, aside from the sporty exterior styling; the gauges have a very tuner style look to them, they are bright, bold and in your face. Another interesting feature that we’ve noticed is the door chime, gone is the annoying monotonous “ding” and in its place is a sound that is more reminiscent of something coming from an Atari video game.

Our Focus is powered by a 2.0 Liter Duratec 16 valve four cylinder that makes 140 HP. The blue oval guys claim that the Coupe comes with a sport tuned exhaust as well as a sport tuned suspension, two things we are looking forward to listening to and trying out. Despite the sporty nature of the Focus Coupe, Ford is already ready for the future CAFÉ standards because our car get an EPA estimated 35 MPG.

For a 360 degree view of the Focus check out the video after the jump.

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Recently TopSpeed had a chance to chat with the 2011 Ford Fiesta’s brand manager, Sam De La Garza. The 2011 Fiesta won’t appear in American showrooms until the Summer of 2010, but Ford is taking a very unique approach to building up interest in its new subcompact. In addition to the usual website that most manufacturers setup for future models, Ford is making a social media push in the hopes of getting the Fiesta noticed by prospective customers and also finding out what those customers like and dislike about the car. Click on through to find out more about the car, its features and where Ford sees the Fiesta fitting in the marketplace.

There are quite a few hot hatches on the European market these days. Volkswagen has the new Scirocco , Renault has unveiled the new Megane Coupe and even Opel has the Astra ; but what about Ford?

The blue oval brand is planning to bring back the Capri nameplate in a big way. The automaker will bring a concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show this September and are planning a production version for 2010. The future Ford Capri will be inspired by the Iosis Max concept that was unveiled the Geneva Motor Show back in March. However the production Capri will feature a pair of sleeker LED headlamps complimenting the more aggressive front end.

Under the hood Ford will use one of their new turbocharged EcoBoost power plants. Like the 1.6 Liter four cylinder making anywhere from 148 HP to 178 HP, or the TDCi diesel displacing the same amount making 128 HP and even the 2.0 Liter four making 168 HP or 197 HP. However, the top of the line Capri will be powered by the 200 HP 2.0 Liter EcoBoost four cylinder.

Source: AutoExpress

Even if the Ford Fiesta hasn’t been properly introduced to the American market, the blue oval brand is planning on sending a few of its rally based machines to compete in the classic American test of man and machine, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Taking place in Colorado on July 19th, completing the Race to the Clouds is just as much of an accomplishment as setting a record around the Nurburgring, and just as difficult.

In order to reach the summit, drivers must negotiate 12.42 miles of winding mountain road, there is imminent danger awaiting just around each one of the course’s 156 turns and while rising the 4,721 feet to the peak, drivers will have to adapt to everything from paved highways surrounded by pines to loose gravel surrounded by nothing more than wide open blue Colorado skies.

The vehicles will be heavily modified rally cars based on the Fiesta hatchback, and will be powered by 2.0 Liter Duratec Ford four cylinder engines, capable of putting out over 800 HP each. Ford will bring Swedish Rally Champion Andreas Eriksson and World Rally legend Marcus Grönholm to try and conquer the mountain.

Press release after the jump.

We apologize for getting your hopes up about seeing the rally inspired Focus RS in Ford dealerships here in the U.S. , and despite the company’s Executive Vice President, Mark Fields telling me that “anything is possible” with a reserved grin on his face, apparently a U.S. spec RS is not.

Apparently the Focus RS that was spotted in Michigan wearing manufacturer plates was nothing more than a false alarm. The official word was handed down by Jost Capito, the man in charge of Ford’s global performance division. In an interview with AutoCar magazine, the Ford representative said that "we’d like to [bring the RS to the U.S.], but the base car isn’t homologated for North America and that’s too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS."

So if you were saving up your paychecks to go out and pick up a Focus RS as soon as it came stateside, we were sorry to get your hopes up. The way that things are looking, it is more likely that you will be able to purchase a Fiesta Sport than Ford’s latest hot hatch.

Source: AutoCar
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Falken drifter and Ford factory driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. recently made a trip across the Pacific with a purpose built 2010 Mustang in order to fulfill a longtime dream, drift in Japan. JR is the only American driver to win a D1 event, and because of this he is in league all his own. Follow Vaughn and his new ride as they travel Japan in search of sports roots; watch as he gets a taste for the togue, drifts the docks of Osaka and attends his first real Japanese drift day.

So check out the video after the jump, or follow the link below.

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After more than a decade of disappearing from Ford vehicles across the country, the famed 5.0 Liter V8 is making a comeback. The new V8 will replace the company’s 4.6 Liter modular motor by shoehorning the "Coyote" into the 2011 Mustang GT , and later on into the 2011 Ford F-150.

The Coyote engine will feature a four-valve per cylinder layout and will have the same fuel economy ratings to Ford’s current 5.4 Liter V8. The new engine should develop around 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque when it is finally placed under the hood of America’s favorite pony car.

When Ford announced plans for their factory tuned Focus RS they also reveal the hot hatch will be limited to just 4000 units. So, if you were hoping to snatch one up, but you still haven’t, we have some bad news for you. 2400 of the Ford factory hot rods have already been sold. If you are still interested, you have two options: wait six months and hope there will still be a few examples laying around, or fork over a pretty pound to get one.

Those mostly affected by the news are the blue oval enthusiasts in the U.K. Their stock has already been depleted. So if you go down to your local Ford dealership and make the payment, you will have to wait until December to get behind the wheel. Or you could check out the used car market, there are a few examples around, but they start at around £27,250 and already have about 500 miles on clock.

Whereas we here in the U.S. are still waiting for the big wigs at Ford to give the RS a shot here in the American market.

Source: iMotor

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