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2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

Special edition hot hatch is a fitting goodbye

The current-generation Ford Focus RS has enjoyed an eventful life since it was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. But like all good things, the Focus RS’s time in the sun is about to end. Weep not, though, dear friends, because Ford is giving the hot hatch the proper swan song with the release of the Focus RS Heritage Edition. Limited to just 50 units, the Focus RS Heritage doesn’t dabble in the subtleties. It’s got enough goodies and equipment to make even hardened hot hatch fans tremble in excitement. And, if that little tease isn’t enough to persuade you, maybe the hatch’s bright orange exterior will do the trick.

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2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge

Ford’s mid-size crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

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2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger

The Return of the Ranger after a seven-year hiatus

Well, it’s back. The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup has returned to the U.S. and in glorious fashion. The pickup made its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit right beside the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. While it’s not the F-150, the 2019 Ranger will put Ford back in the mid-size pickup fight against the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and most importantly, the venerable Toyota Tacoma.

The addition of the Ranger positions Ford as having the widest-spread pickup lineup in the world. Entries include the new Ranger, the half-ton F-150, the heavy-duty Super Duty lineup, and the commercial medium-duty segment with the F-650 and F-750 cab chassis.

Of course, the Ranger will have its work cut out; the Toyota Tacoma has long been the leader in mid-size trucks and the General Motors twins aren’t too far behind. Let’s see how the 2019 Ranger stacks up.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Just in time for the Bullitt’s 50th anniversary in 2018

Arguably one of the most iconic Mustang of all time, the Bullitt returns into showrooms five decades after the original car helped make the best chase seen in movie history. It was 1968 when Steve McQueen drove a Mustang GT390 Fastback like there was no tomorrow on the streets of San Francisco in the "Bullitt" movie, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October 2018. To mark the event, Ford prepared a new iteration of the Mustang Bullitt for the first time since 2009. The car was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show alongside the original version, and it’s the most menacing Bullitt ever made.

Set to go on sale in the summer of 2018, the new Mustang Bullitt walks in the footsteps of its predecessors. It’s based on the Mustang GT, it features a host of unique features inside and out, and it has a subtle appearance. But under the skin, the Bullitt packs a bit more oomph than the GT and delivers better performance. If Steve McQueen was still around, I’m sure he would’ve taken one home and maybe even use it for a sequel to the iconic movie. But unfortunately Steve is no more, so we’ll have to settle for the cool, Bullitt-inspired commercial Ford made for the car. Check it out below.

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2019 Ford Edge ST

2019 Ford Edge ST

Ford Says “Hold My Beer” As Performance SUVS Heat Up

Performance versions of SUVs and crossovers are just dumb. To put outlandish power in a top-heavy vehicle originally designed to haul people and cargo across foreboding terrain is simply asinine. In the last year, we’ve seen Chevrolet launch the Tahoe RST, Jeep launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge debut the Durango SRT. Now Ford is getting into the game. Just a single day after teasing a new ST-badged model, Ford has debuted the Edge ST – yes, you read that right.

It’s a 2019 Edge crossover with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and turning all four wheels. It rides on an ST-tuned suspension and offers optional performance braking package. How crazy is that?

But really, how crazy is that? In reality, it’s not. Think back to the late 1960s when muscle cars developed from ordinary sedans and coupes. Automakers like Ford (and all the various divisions under General Motors and Chrysler) stuffed increasingly powerful V-8s into cars that, just a few years prior, wouldn’t be out of place in your grandmother’s driveway. It seems the same is becoming true for SUVs. These mommy-mobiles are turning into the 21st century’s version of the Ford Torino, Dodge Dart, and Chevy Impala. And who doesn’t love a vehicle that can pull double duty doing family errands and tearing up the autocross course? Maybe performance SUVs aren’t so dumb after all.

Let’s see how the 2019 Ford Edge ST stacks up.

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2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

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2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6x6 by Hennessey Performance

2018 Ford F-150 VelociRaptor 6x6 by Hennessey Performance

Adding an extra axle and a ton testosterone

How do you make a Ford F-150 Raptor any more awesome? Hennessey Performance has a great answer – stick an extra axle under an elongated cargo bed then add 150 horsepower. Hennessey is no stranger to making outlandish vehicles with insane levels of power. The Texas-based tuner has done several Raptor upgrades before, and naturally, their bread-n-butter is adding more horsepower to stock vehicles. But this marks the first time a 6x6 configuration has been involved.

Mercedes started the 6x6 trend in 2013 with the G63 6x6. Since then, a handful of aftermarket companies have followed those tracks. The idea behind the 6x6 setup is added traction, better payload and towing capacities, and shear badassery. One look at the G63 6x6 or the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 confirms that. Hennessey can’t confirm how well the VelociRaptor 6x6 handles in the dirt, however. The first example already has customer money on the hood. It’s also the same truck Hennessey took to the 2017 SEMA show. With SEMA over, Hennessey had only a few days to ship the truck to its owner in Florida.

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2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

Last year’s showstopper returns for an encore at SEMA

The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, as a total of seven different creations are all set to be in attendance. One of these Mustangs comes to us through the SpeedKore Performance Group, the the Wisconsin-based tuning house that stole the show at last year’s event with a Mustang that was literally covered from head to toe with carbon fiber panels. It was without question one of the most-talked-about cars at the event, so it’s no surprise that SpeedKore’s returning to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs with a new aftermarket interpretation of the iconic pony car.

Truth be told, the tuner’s new program is probably not as memorable as last year’s creations. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because that model literally turned into one of the most significant tuning programs for the Mustang we’ve seen in a while. This year’s version is important in its own right, largely due to the similar approach that SpeedKore adopted, including the prominent use of carbon fiber and the promise of putting focus on the ‘Stang’s classic American roadster heritage. The result is what you’d expect from a company like SpeedKore. It probably won’t be the showstopper that last year’s model was, but it’s certainly capable of stealing the spotlight.

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2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

The quickest Shelby in history!

It’s been only four three model years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in showrooms, and the pony has already spawned an impressive number of versions wearing the Shelby badge. Although the iconic GT500 has yet to be revived, Ford has already launched the GT350, the Super Snake, GT-H, and GTE, just to name a few. The GT500 may still be a year away, but sixth-gen Mustang, but Shelby just launched yet another performance model. This time around it’s the Shelby 1000, the brand’s most menacing creation in terms of output and straight-line speed.

The Shelby 1000 is closely related to the GT500, as the first model to wear this badge, launched in 2011, was based on the fifth-generation GT500. Offered in both street and 1000 S/C track versions, the first iteration of the car was discontinued in 2012. The 1000 returned in 2013, once again based on the GT500, but now with the 5.8-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.4-liter unit under the hood. Both the street package and the S/C track package were offered. Also available as an upgrade for the GT500, the package was discontinued in 2014, after only two years on the market. The new Shelby 1000 is the first such model based on the sixth-generation Mustang, so everything about it is new compared to previous iterations. Let’s have a closer look at the car in the review below.

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This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

Ready for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari!

The 2017 SEMA Show was packed with modified pickup trucks, but none was as spectacular as this EcoBoost-powered rock climber built by CJ Pony Parts. The aftermarket parts supplier has been a constant presence in Las Vegas in recent years, showcasing a restomod 1965 Ford Mustang built with TMI Products, a custom Focus ST with Ford, and a beefed up Mustang EcoBoost with Ford Performance. In 2017, CJ Pony Parts chose to stay away from the car performance realm and opted to create a stunning off-road-equipped F-150 pickup truck.

Already a solid truck thanks to its aluminum body, leading technology, and fuel-efficient engines, the F-150 is now able to tackle the Moab Easter Jeep Safari alongside the most hardcore Jeep Wranglers out there. CJ Pony Parts says that its goal with this build was to create something "that not only looked tough but can back up that look with massive off-road capability," it seems that the result matches the description. Exterior upgrades are numerous, starting with Lund fender flares, custom two-tone paint with orange graphics, and a rear differential cover. There’s also a T-Rex grille; Rigid Radiance LED lights, Rock Slider side steps, and new Stealth Fighter and Honey Badger bumpers front and rear. The truck also features an Oracle Lighting ColorShift LED underbody lighting kit.

The list of accessories continues inside with a Raptor steering wheel with orange stitching, Ford Performance door sill plates, custom headrests with CJ Pony Parts logo, and orange accents on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and floor mats. But the really important upgrades were operated under the skin.

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2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

2017 Ford F-350 “The Operator” By Hellwig

Yo dawg, I heard you like off-roading…

We love it when a builder goes just a little bit of crazy, creating something over-the-top, but only just. This extensively modified F-350 from Hellwig is exactly that. Dubbed “The Operator,” Hellwig started with a stock 2017 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat Crew Cab, then added upgrades until it had created the “ultimate recon adventure vehicle.” The most obvious thing to pick out is the large UTV this truck is hauling in its bed – or rather, above its bed might be more accurate. But there’s more to it than just that. “From recon runs in the desert to family camping trips in the dunes, the Operator is capable and comfortable,” says Hellwig, and we believe it. In addition to the usual off-roader gear outside, there’s nice stuff inside the cabin as well, plus a few choice upgrades under the hood to round it out.

All told, while the UTV certainly has our attention, it’s the little details in this build that really impress us. Hellwig didn’t neglect a thing in building its idea of “ultimate,” and in the end, we can’t help but stand back and admire the handy work.

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT By BDS Suspension

Turbodiesel monster with off-road suspension is custom from tow hooks to hitch

Ford brought more than 50 vehicles to the 2017 SEMA Show, ranging from factory fresh models and high-horsepower Mustangs to SUVs and lifted trucks. That last one is exactly what we’ve got here – a massive F-250 Super Duty that’s been re-engineered to handle any off-road situation. Ford partnered with BDS Suspension in building what’s been dubbed “Project SD126: No Mission Is Impossible.

The truck started life as a 2017 F-250 Super Duty XLT with a regular cab and long bed powered by the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and backed by the six-speed automatic transmission and stock 4WD system. BDS broke out the Sawzall and cut the long bed down. The wheelbase went from 142 inches to 126 inches, hints the SD126 name. From there came the suspension parts, new body panels, and reworked interior. Nearly every inch of the truck has been touched. Check out the details below.

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2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck

Raptor looks, off-road capability, standard power

The 2017 SEMA Show is here, and as it happens every year, Ford brought a handful of modified F-150 pickup trucks to Las Vegas. Among them, there’s a beefed-up version created by the folks over at RTR Vehicles. Known mostly for tuning Ford Mustangs and for providing Vaughn Gittin Jr. with vehicles for the Formula Drift series, RTR used its experience in creating race-ready pony cars to put together a performance-oriented F-150.

RTR used a Lariat SuperCrew model as a base for this souped-up truck and add some of the features seen on its Gittin-prepped Mustang, most notably the D-shaped LED lights in the grille. Of course, the F-150 got a few unique touches as well. But, unlike the Mustang RTR, there’s no improvement in terms of horsepower and torque, although the truck now sports a wide range of chassis upgrades. So while it’s not as quick as the Raptor, it’s definitely more capable on the unbeaten path than a standard F-150.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

Take it up a notch with high-performance upgrades!

Unveiled in 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang marked the beginning of a new era for the iconic pony car, one that brought an independent rear suspension for the first time and revived the turbocharged ’Stang after a long hiatus. Revised for 2018, it received a 10-speed transmission, also a first, and a performance package that made the GT version the quickest in history with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of fewer than four seconds. But Ford didn’t stop there, and after just a few months it launched the Performance Pack Level 2 for the range-topping GT model.

Unveiled at the SEMA Show, the place where the world’s most spectacular aftermarket upgrades are introduced to the world, Level 2 is essentially an update to the first Performance Pack. It includes everything that comes with the latter but adds redesigned aero elements front and rear, new tires and wheels, and new suspension parts and settings. The purpose of the Level 2 upgrade is to make the Mustang GT even faster than it already is and turn it into a better competitor for German coupes such as the BMW M4. Also, the Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2 may be a solid proposition to the Porsche 911 Carrera. Which is a big achievement for a pony car. Find our more about that below.

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2018 Ford Mustang RTR

2018 Ford Mustang RTR

Latest RTR-spec Mustang might be the best one yet

Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.

Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.

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2018 Ford Mustang By Tucci Hot Rods

2018 Ford Mustang By Tucci Hot Rods

This could be one beastly Mustang

50 years on the market is a long time, and the Mustang is coming up on 53 years as of 2018, the year that the sixth-gen model gets a serious facelift. That facelift brings new looks, updated technology, and more power to one of America’s favorite muscle cars, and now, it’s serving as the basis for at least seven concept cars at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The one we’re looking at here is developed by Tucci Hot Rods, and it’s one of the most intensive Mustangs that we’ve ever seen. We’re talking about engine modification, custom exterior work, custom interior work, and a supposed top speed of 200 mph. Whether or not it can really do that remains to be seen, but I’ve seen the modification list, and I have to admit, it’s not that farfetched.

Needless to say, Tucci Hot Rods had to put some serious work into the Mustang to get it to this point. Not that it’s necessarily a slouch. This concept is based on the 2018 GT, so we’re talking about a starting power output of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque (yes, that’s 25 ponies and 20 pound-feet more than the pre-facelifted model.) At this time, technical specifications are still shrouded in mystery, but we do know what the standard model’s “less-than-four-second” sprint to 60 is probably easily topped by this custom GT. This Mustang will be fully revealed when SEMA kicks off, so until then, let’s talk a little more about what Tucci Hot Rods did to push this Mustang over the top and faster than 200 mph…

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2017 Ford Mustang By DRAGG

2017 Ford Mustang By DRAGG

Introducing the police cruiser custom job with a purpose behind it

The Ford Mustang can be customized in a number of different ways and we’re seeing a full lineup of them at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. One of these cars is this particular Mustang. It may look the part of an actual police car - it even has a push bar, for crying out loud! - but it’s anything but one. What it is though is a custom Guardian-themed police car created by Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG), a non-profit, youth-oriented automotive after-school program that encourages kids to race on the drag strip against actual police officers.

I don’t know if this Mustang can hold its own on a drag strip, but I’m pretty sure it’s not built for that environment either since it’s been described, among other things, as “eco-friendly.” However it’s made out to be, this Mustang does have a bigger purpose than just being a SEMA showpiece. It was created by DRAGG to be a symbol of unity and purpose, to encourage troubled kids to turn their backs on knucklehead environments and focus on being a part of improving their communities together with the local police forces that serve these locations. Visually, it’s one of the most arresting (no pun intended) creations among all the SEMA-bound Mustangs. Purposefully, it’s probably one of the most important customized Mustangs we’ve seen in quite a while.

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2018 Ford Mustang By Roush Performance

2018 Ford Mustang By Roush Performance

Racing gear and 1970s Boss 429 cues!

The upgraded 2018 Ford Mustang is already in showrooms, and all major tuners are now rolling aftermarket upgrades for both the EcoBoost and GT versions. With the 2017 SEMA Show just around the corner, the updated Mustang also received its fair share of wild concept cars, some of which might make it into production at some point. One such model comes from Roush Performance, a tuning company that has been modifying Mustangs for over two decades now. Finished in a modern take on the classic Grabber Green color, this beefed-up muscle car takes its styling cues from the iconic Mustang Boss 429 of the early 1970s.

Unlike most Roush-modified Mustangs, this green beast sports a custom-built widebody that turns the basic GT into a full-fledged race car. The motorsport-inspired look is backed by carbon-fiber aerodynamic devices, while the interior boasts everything a proper race car needs. From the Recaro racing seats with harnesses to the roll cage and the carbon rear seat delete, this Mustang is ready to hit the track at any given time. Drivetrain updates are also on the table, but information is still limited in this department. We should find out more at the SEMA Show, so stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at what we already know about this concept car.

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