In the ’60s, No Road Car Could Match the Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 is arguably one of the most famous racing cars ever. Four times a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the GT40, in its various iterations, changed the racing world forever moving the goalposts further than ever before. In the shadow of the brash, unadulterated racer, however, FoMoCo concocted something Dearborn thought could work as a Sunday driver - a road-legal version of the GT40.
2020 Ford Expedition - Driven
In a world where large SUVs are becoming the norm, there’s no shortage of models to choose from. Having recently driven the Nissan Armada and knowing that the Ford Expedition is now two years old as of 2020, we figured it was time to see if Ford’s resident large SUV can hold its own in a highly competitive, constantly evolving segment. After spending a week with the Expedition Platinum, we discovered a lot that we liked and a few things we didn’t – this is our experience and what you need to know.
2020 Ford F-250 - Driven
The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for over four decades now, and this legacy seems sufficient to introduce it. The company has a range of pickup trucks, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty and for varied purposes. The list is exhaustive, but the bottom line is that if you need a full-size pickup truck, no matter what the budget or usage pattern, Ford has an offering for you, right from F-150 to the F-750.
While the F-150 is the best-seller of the lot and suffices for most of the needs, people looking for a little heavy-duty work tend to hop on to the next available option – the F-250. The F-250 is the entry-level model pf the Super Duty series that also includes the F-350 and F-450. This isn’t outright expensive, comes with strong specs, and fits the bill for most people looking to use it as a work truck. It is offered even with premium features on the top trim.
Recently, the 2020 Ford F-250 arrived at the Top Speed headquarters in the mid-Lariat trim, and here are our impressions of this beast:
6 Things Automakers Could Learn From the 2021 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco just returned after 25 years and SUV enthusiasts are going crazy over it. The boxy hauler is heavily based on the original Bronco of the 1960s, it features a pair of powerful engines, and off-road tech that enables it to tackle the mighty Jeep Wrangler.
Ford apparently spent a few good years drawing a plan to dethrone the Wrangler and the 2021 Bronco is a project that many automakers could learn from. Here’s six things that will probably make the Bronco a highly successful SUV.
In 2019, we got the chance to spend a week with the Ford Mustang GT Convertible,, and it was an absolute blast to drive. In fact, we even described it as presenting a “few reasons why you still need a V-8.” Ever since then, we’ve been wondering about the four-cylinder Mustang, aka the Mustang EcoBoost. Can a Mustang with a four-cylinder engine really live up to the name of a thoroughbred muscle car? Well, after months of asking, a 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible landed in the parking lot outside of TopSpeed HQ. That car was destined to spend the next week with us, and now we want to give you our impression of the beast with a little but dominating heart.
2019 Ford Mustang GT
The Ford Mustang has a rich history that dates all the way back to the 1962 Ford Mustang I two-seater concept. It wasn’t until mid-1964 that it was introduced in production form (just two weeks after Plymouth introduced the first Barracuda) and has been in production ever since, with the sixth-generation model, the model you see here, being introduced in 2015. For one reason or another, we haven’t had a chance to get our hands on a sixth-gen model, but all that has changed now, and we happened to be graced with the 2019 Ford Mustang GT Convertible. With the bright green pony car sitting in our parking lot, we couldn’t wait to drive it. And, despite the fact that we had a whole week to get acquainted, we got right to putting the GT Convertible, and its 5.0-liter V-8 to the test.
Does it compete well with the Chevy Camaro Convertible? What about, on the other end of the spectrum, the BMW 4 Series Cabriolet? Well, this is our experience and what we thought about it. Strap in folks, this is going to be one long ride.
The 2020 Ford Focus ST Might Be Fast, but It’s Boring to Look At
Ford makes some of the best hot hatches on the planet, and according to those who have already driven it, the new Focus ST is no exception. However, the Blue Oval was a bit overly cautious with the styling of the new Focus ST, so much so that it doesn’t even look like a proper ST, but more like an ST Line.
And I’m a car guy who pays attention to details and is usually quick to spot (even subtle) differences between models, but even to myself this just looks like the sport pack you pay a bit extra for to have on your mid-range Focus. This is a disappointment because it really doesn’t do this car’s performance and handling justice - if I’d buy this car, I’d instantly start searching for some sort of more aggressive body kit to spruce it up.
2020 Ford Puma Quirks and Features
In an unprecedented invasion of SUVs, car manufacturers are racing to unveil better designed, more convenient, and funnier propositions to the market. The latest to arrive is the 2020 Ford Puma – a small European compact crossover with front-wheel drive and somewhat diminutive dimensions. To make it as appealing as possible, and as quirky as a small two-door coupe from the Nineties, Ford started the Puma’s design from a clean slate of paper. Well, if you forget that it actually takes many of the talents from the small Fiesta hatch. Nevertheless, the Ford Puma, with an impressive array of equipment, advanced tech, cool exterior looks, and a fine array of equipment has a flavor similar to what the Nissan Juke offered ten years ago. Only in this case, it’s offered in a much sexier and sleeker shape. I present to you all the amazing quirks and features of the new 2020 Ford Puma.
Rules of Owning a Ford GT
More than 6,500 people applied for the new Ford GT when Ford released its application program back in 2016. An unprecedented demand sparked a bit of chaos within Ford who allocated only 1,000 units for production. In 2018, Ford extended the production to add 350 units for a total production output of the new Ford GT of 1,350 units. Of course, the company will produce all the cars over a number of years, and you can expect the 1350th unit not to leave the production facility until 2022. As this is an exclusive halo supercar, with Le Mans racer inspired technology, and some serious track capability, Ford had to create some rather incredible rules that owners have to follow.
2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features
The new 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover enters a highly competitive segment of soft city-centric off-road vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the Nissan Rogue. Although it needs to be on par with any one of them, the new Ford Escape also has big shoes to fill. According to an IHS Markit survey over, 96 percent of all Escapes sold in the last ten years are still on the road. In the everchanging landscape of the car market of today, the Ford Escape tries hard to offer a compelling crossover package. Now it is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus, and that seems to be a good thing. Right here, I’ve picked up a number of interesting facts and quirks about the new 2020 Ford Escape.
In an effort to move ahead and push the boundaries of what the pony car can do, Ford introduced the 2020 Shelby GT500 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. It is the most powerful Ford ever. It is the fastest Mustang ever. It has the biggest vent ever fitted to a production Ford. It is basically a race car you can use on the road as well. And this is a tale about the 2020 Shelby GT500’s most amazing facts and quirks. It’s a winner, this one. For sure.
9 Little Known Facts About the 2020 Ford Explorer
The debut of the new 2020 Ford Explorer is definitely one of the most expected vehicle debuts of this year. It happened. President and CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett and Executive Vice President Jim Farley, presented the new car in Detroit in casual attire. Visually similar to its predecessor, the sixth generation Ford Explorer goes back to its roots with a rear wheel drive platform, longitudinal engine layout, and far more athletic appearance than ever before.
I compiled a list of little-known facts about the new 2020 Ford Explorer that just shows how dedicated Ford engineers and designers have been with the creation of the most advanced Ford Explorer of all time.
Reasons Why You Should Not Be Disappointed By Diesel Ford Ranger Raptor
One thing is for certain. The new Ford Ranger Raptor is cool, capable, and off-road ready right from the production line, and it’s definitely an interesting proposition even for big-truck-loving Americans.
Sizewise, it is a truck similar to the Colorado ZR. “Characterwise,” it is a dune-fighting fun machine designed for the most intense off-roading tasks. While we in the U.S. are still waiting for Ford to confirm that the Ranger Raptor will come, the rest of the world is basking in the greatness of the potent truck. The thing is that the Ranger Raptor for the rest of the world is actually powered by a small diesel engine - not something that’s very popular here, is it?
While I am among those who believe the Ranger Raptor in the U.S. will get a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, I have to tell you a number of reasons why you should not be disappointed even if we end up with the diesel Ranger Raptor.
What’s in a Name? The History Behind The "Bullitt" Name
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show just opened, and a bombshell has already been dropped. The source of the bombshell? Ford and the new Mustang Bullitt, a special edition version of the iconic muscle car that’s named after the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. The history behind Ford’s use of the Bullitt name only dates back to 2001 when Ford partnered with Warner Bro. to offer a special version of its GT Mustang as a tribute to the 1968 390 fastback model driven by McQueen. Including the version that we’re currently drooling over, Ford has only used the Bullitt name on a special edition Mustang three times. It’s one of the rarest Mustang SEs you’ll see, and it’s association with the King of Cool himself elevates it as one of the most desirable ‘Stangs to hit the market in recent years.
Baloney: Ford Bronco, Ranger Getting Solid Front Axle
Word is circulating the rumor mill that both the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2020 Ford Bronco will have solid front and rear axles, making both the only light-duty contenders outside the Jeep Wrangler to use such a suspension setup. The news comes from Automotive News, which reported famed axle maker Dana confirmed both Ford products will use its “AdvanTEK gear technology.” AN then made the assumption this means solid axles. There’s only on problem…
It’s not true.
What is true is Dana has indeed been selected as Ford’s axle provider for the Ranger and Bronco. What isn’t true is the solid, beam-style design. Dana’s AdvanTEK gear technology is indeed used in solid axles, but is also used in independent suspension systems, as well. See, AdvanTEK is a gear technology, not a particular style of axle. Dana markets the AdvanTEK brand as “delivering more miles per gallon, enhanced vehicle performance, and maximum durability for the complete spectrum of light vehicles.”
Further more, solid axles are good at two things: off-roading and being extremely strong. Conversely, solid axles are not so great at on-road driving. Ever heard of the Jeep “death wobble?” While the Bronco and Ranger would benefit tremendously off-road with a solid front axle, the on-road trade-off is far too great for Ford to okay the idea. What’s more, Ford has confirmed the U.S.-spec ranger will be based off the T6 global Ranger. That pickup uses an independent front suspension design. And since the Bronco will be based off the U.S.-spec Ranger, it too will have an independent front suspension.
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It seems Ford may be in troubled waters with its new 2015 Ford F-150, as the automaker is now advertising more than $10,000 off its MSRP in some areas of the U.S. The discounts, designed to stimulate sales volume, are expected to help Ford regain ground lost to both Chevrolet and Ram over the last several months.
In fact, it is reported Ford’s pickup truck market share fell from 33 percent in June 2014 to 28 percent in June 2015, while month over month sales dropped 8.9 percent in June 2015. That’s serious ground in the U.S. truck market.
According to Automotive News, Ford.com advertises that buyers can get “up to $10,029 in total savings” on a 2015 F-150 XLT SuperCab 4x4 with the luxury chrome or sport package in some areas of the country.
Ford cited limited inventory of F-150s as part of the problem, caused by slow conversions of the two F-150 assembly plants and issues in delivery of the truck’s high-strength steel frames from the company’s Kentucky-based supplier. While those two reasons could easily explain an inventory problem, tacking big discounts on trucks sitting on dealer lots does not.
In its simplest form, the law of supply and demand would suggest F-150’s should be more expensive if supplies were so limited. The fact Ford is deducting as much as $10,000 off the F-150’s MSRP suggests the truck just isn’t selling well. Figuring out the reason behind that is another bucket of worms. Even still, the 2015 F-150 holds an average transaction price of $44,100 – the highest in the half-ton pickup truck segment.
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You can tell a lot about a person by what they drive: sports cars, wagons, hatchbacks, minivans and of course, pickup trucks. But within the truck classification, there’s a multitude of options that further define a persons role in life, or at least his weekend ambitions.
I’ve already written two “How I’d Spec It” pieces; one on a mid-trim Silverado 1500 for the budget-conscience family, the other on the Ram 3500 HD as an all-out towing rig designed to move the world in a single load. But what about the folks in the middle? It seems like everybody is ditching their sedans and flocking to the pickup as their daily drivers. But these “urban cowboys” are often unwilling to trade in the leather seats and moonroofs of their sedans for a vinyl bench and a crappy, four-speaker AM/FM radio.
That’s who I’m targeting with this build.
My imaginary customer is a well-off, middle-aged man with an active family and places to go. He wants a truck that can tow his new boat down to the Florida Keys while offering decent fuel economy during the week. Ford’s new 2015 Ford F-150 fits the bill for this guy, as it offers several choices in the luxury department, so let’s get to building.
Since the truck is a replacement for this guy’s daily driver, he’d be smart to choose the Lariat option. It might not be as decked out as the range-topping Platinum or as rustic as the King Ranch, but the Lariat offers all the important amenities. Of course, the truck needs to have room for the family, so the four-door SuperCrew is the way to go. The 5-foot, 6-inch box is plenty large for sports gear and coolers full of bottled water.
Ford’s standard engine for this configuration is the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. With the ability to tow 8,500 pounds, it will do the job just fine. Opting for 4WD offers greater confidence on slippery boat ramps, so that’s added as well. The price for this configuration without options: $46,050. But there’s more to add.
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