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Be Prepared to Overpay For the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor With a V-8

Be Prepared to Overpay For the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor With a V-8

Ford Wants to Fire Back at the RAM 1500 TRX, But It’s Not Brave Enough to Go All In

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX (unofficially AKA the Rebel) was a proverbial shot toward Ford, and it hit the Raptor right in the face. Where Ford thought it would continue to dominate the off-road truck market with the F-150 Raptor, Ram took years to develop something that was able to impressively compete, and it even comes with a Hellcat V-8 engine under the hood with nearly double the power of the F-150 Raptor’s puny little V-6. Within days of the TRX’s debut, Ford had a Shelby-powered F-150 Raptor on the road, which is intended to be a shot back at Ram, but a new report paints a slightly different picture.

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Ford's Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

Ford’s Latest Patent Filing Hints at the Name of the New Baby Bronco

Ford says that simply getting the trademark for some names doesn’t mean they’ll actually be used. We don’t buy it

The Ford Bronco is the next hot thing in the world of SUVs. Relying on the cache built up by the original Bronco that was discontinued in 1996, the new model is tipped to sell in big numbers if Ford gets the recipe right and revives an off-roader revered for its no-nonsense attitude. We’re now hearing that the name ’Scout,’ along with the ’Bronco Scout’ moniker are in the process of being trademarked by Ford through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The ’Scout’ name can either refer to the upcoming ’Baby Bronco’ or just a trim level of the Bronco itself.

Information has been thin regarding the 2021 Ford Bronco, which is set to go into production this year. We’ve heard a lot of rumors, but few can be checked and considered as facts. For instance, we’ve heard that the Bronco will come with either two or four doors and a removable soft top option will be available as Ford plans to take on the Jeep Wrangler - a rumor backed by these patent fillings. We also reported that the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2021 Ford Bronco will sport the same underpinnings and that the Bronco might be fitted with a seven-speed manual after all. Let’s let the rumor mill spin a bit more and talk about the Scout.

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Leaked Images Show Off the 2021 Ford Ranger Long Before Its Scheduled Debut

Leaked Images Show Off the 2021 Ford Ranger Long Before Its Scheduled Debut

There go all the articles discussing any rumors about what the 2021 Range might look like

Wait, what? It’s barely been a year since the fourth-generation Ranger, that marks the nameplate’s return to the North American market, was shown at the Detroit Auto Show and now we get to see the next one? Apparently, this is actually true, and you are looking at a car that you shouldn’t have seen for at least two more years, the fifth-generation Ranger that will share its platform with the upcoming Amarok, both models destined for the European and African markets.

When manufacturers are preparing to launch a new vehicle, they go about their business in a tried and tested way. They either try to take the test mules out on the road either in more secluded areas where there’s less of a likelihood that someone with a camera, hiding in a bush, might be tracking down their movements or, when city testing or highway testing are on order, they wrap the vehicle in question in as odd a camouflage pattern as possible. The point of the camo is to deter those that try to pick out the new model’s key aesthetic features that differentiate it from the older one or, in case of brand-new standalone models, to make it hard for folks to figure out whether or not that model is bringing with it a new design language or not. Basically, most often, it’s a game of hiding your hand in plain sight.

This time, though, it seems like an Australian automotive outlet got its hands on some leaked images. We know that the T6 generation of the Ranger built for international markets (although it did debut in the U.S. as well in 2018) was conceived by Ford Australia and, most probably, the engineers Down Under are now working on the upcoming international model because the T6 has been around since 2011 although it received a facelift in 2015. Obviously, with the T6 Ranger arriving in the U.S. last year and selling well, don’t expect what you see in these pictures to spot rolling down American roads pretty soon.

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Silly Ford Thinks it Can Take On the Porsche Panamera With a Four-Door, V-8 Mustang

Silly Ford Thinks it Can Take On the Porsche Panamera With a Four-Door, V-8 Mustang

What’s next? A Mustang hatchback?

Yes, the Mustang will remain the only car the Blue Oval will offer on U.S. soil, but the legendary pony car might spawn a number of models, including a four-door coupe-style sedan that aims to match Audi’s A7 or Mercedes-Benz’s CLS Class.

We’ve heard just about anything that could’ve been heard about the upcoming Mustang-styled crossover. But during that same meeting with the dealers that Ford organized, the company threw in the mix some hints towards a potential Mustang sedan that could be outfitted with a turbocharged V-8 engine.

Keep reading to learn more about the rumored Mustang sedan.

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Now That Ford Knows Better Than to Name an SUV "Mach 1" Will the Name End up on a Hybrid Mustang Instead?

Now That Ford Knows Better Than to Name an SUV "Mach 1" Will the Name End up on a Hybrid Mustang Instead?

It’s not certain yet, but Ford wouldn’t leave this clues if they don’t mean anything

Ford’s plan for the “Mach 1” name is still shrouded in questions, but a new teaser from Ford seems to have left bread crumbs on what the automaker intends to do with the resurrected nomenclature. Without directly identifying it, the teaser included a shot of the original Ford Mustang Mach 1, followed by a shot of the current Mustang, an illuminated version of the Mustang’s V-8 engine, and a lit version of the muscle car’s iconic badge. Without explicitly saying anything, Ford may have hinted its plans to use the “Mach 1” name on a future hybrid Mustang.

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Rumor Says the New 2020 Ford Bronco Could Get a Seven Speed Manual Transmission

Rumor Says the New 2020 Ford Bronco Could Get a Seven Speed Manual Transmission

The 2020 Bronco will be a hoot-and-a-half to drive in this setup

At a time when automakers are only producing automatic transmission cars, the Blue Oval is saving the three-pedal setup from going extinct. As per a report, the upcoming Ford Bronco could possibly get a manual transmission system in a few versions. If true, this makes Ford one of the very few automakers that still offer manual transmissions in an SUV or a truck.

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Does This Leaked Window Sticker Confirm the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt?

Does This Leaked Window Sticker Confirm the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt?

Channel your inner Steve McQueen in this Highland Green ‘Stang

The Internet went ablaze last February when Ford released a behind-the-scenes video of a TV commercial shoot with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that (purposefully?) might have leaked an upcoming iteration of the iconic Mustang Bullitt. Now, fan forum site Mustang6g.com claims an anonymous source gave them a window sticker for a mock build of a 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt. While its authenticity can’t be confirmed, the build sheet seems to have all the right parts needed for a Bullitt-edition Mustang.

For those living under a rock, Ford built two generations of special-edition Bullitt Mustangs to pay homage to the 1968 Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the classic cop film Bullitt of that same year. The movie’s greatest feature is a drawn-out car chase between the bad guys in a black 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and the hero, Frank Bullitt, in his Dark Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback. The movie car had a unique appearance, which Ford copied for the 2001-2002 Mustang GT Bullitt edition and again on the 2008-2009 version. The cars all featured Torq-Thrust wheels, removed badges, a plain black grille, and that Highland Green paint, though the special edition models were offered with other dark colors, too. Ford had great success with the Bullitt Mustangs, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see yet another version. As for what the 2018 special edition might hold, check the full photo and description below.

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Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

Ford May Bring Bronco & Ranger Back in The U.S.

It appears Ford’s watchful eye on the revival of the midsize truck market has determined there is room for the Ranger after all. Yep, after four years without a U.S.-spec Ranger, the Blue Oval is currently (and more openly) discussing the possibility of bringing back the compact truck. What’s more, the Bronco SUV is being mentioned as well.

The discussions are taking place between Ford and the UAW, with the union seeking promises on job security at the Michigan Assembly Plant. The plant currently builds the Focus and C-Max, both of which are scheduled to be relocated to another manufacturing facility after 2018. Ford now needs something to fill the gap and the business case for a less-expensive, more fuel-efficient truck is growing.

In order for the Ranger to work, the truck would have to cost $5,000 to $6,000 less than the F-150 and get 30 percent better fuel economy, according Ford’s truck group marketing manager, Doug Scott. That means the Ranger would have to have a base price of roughly $21,000 and get nearly 28 mpg combined.

If Ford didn’t start with a fresh design, the automaker would have to modify the current global Ranger to meet U.S. emissions and safety regulations. General Motors did the same with the 2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon trucks, both of which are loosely based off the global Colorado.

On the Bronco side, reports suggest the Bronco would be a midsize, body-on-frame SUV perhaps based on the Ranger. Again, Ford already has this vehicle in production in Thailand for sale in markets across the globe. Called the 2015 Ford Everest, the SUV would compete with Jeep in offering a competent off-roader.

If the Ranger and Bronco get the green light, expect them for the 2019 model year.

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Ford Claims Shelby GT350R Will Be As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

Ford Claims Shelby GT350R Will Be As Fast As Porsche 911 GT3

There is no doubting how much of a hoot the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is going to be on the track, and Ford is fueling the fire by claiming that the track-prepped version of the new Shelby will be as fast around the track as an equally track-ready 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. Now before you start looking for videos of the Shelby dominating the GT3 at the Nürburgring, the track Ford is boasting a speed advantage at is Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI.

More importantly, Motor Authority is also reporting that Ford claims the GT350R is a full second faster than the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 around the 13-turn, two-mile road course located in central Michigan. With a starting price that is expected to be about $10,000 less than the current Z/28 and around half the price of the 911 GT3, the GT350R’s performance is now even more impressive.

The 2016 Shelby GT350R gets a healthy dose of weight reduction, dropping about 130 pounds compared to the highest-performing 2015 Ford Mustang GT model. The low 3,650-pound curb weight is thanks to the removal of the air conditioning, radio and back seat, which all make the GT350R about as close to a race Mustang as you can legally drive on the street. The highlight of this car will be its high-revving (8,250-rpm redline) flat-plane-crank, 5.2-liter V-8 that produces 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque.

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Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenaclatures

Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenaclatures

It looks as if Ford might be expanding the Raptor moniker outside the F-150 lineup. According to Australia’s CarAdvice, Ford has trademarked the “Ranger Raptor” name in preparation for its all-out off-roader.

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Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenclatures

Ford Trademarks Ranger Raptor And FX4 Nomenclatures

It looks as if Ford might be expanding the Raptor moniker outside the F-150 lineup. According to Australia’s CarAdvice, Ford has trademarked the “Ranger Raptor” name in preparation for its all-out off-roader.

Though Ford has nothing to say about the matter besides pointing back to its recently released 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak as the current halo model, the Australians have spotted modified Ranger pickups sporting widened fenders, beefy tires, and stout suspension setups running around the outback. This leads us to believe Ford is actually considering expanding the Raptor nomenclature to the global Ranger.

What’s more, the Ranger may also get its own FX4 package. Trademarked along side the Ranger Raptor is the Ranger FX4. There are two possibilities here: Ford will debut two separate Ranger trucks with different levels of off-road worthiness, or Ford simply trademarked both names as insurance while preparing a single Ranger for production. I’m hoping for the first.

Folks in Australia are serious about their 4WDs and Ford would be wise to offer the up-fitted trucks to such a hungry customer base. Sadly there’s no word on whether Ford would work any horsepower magic on the Ranger’s available powertrains. The truck currently offers three engine options, with the base 2.2-liter turbodiesel available in two output ratings. The most likely candidate for the Raptor and/or FX4 would be the 3.2-liter TDCi turbodiesel. The inline five-cylinder puts out 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Hopefully Ford would see fit to increase the 3.2-liter’s specs to make it more competitive in the dirt.

While this is great speculation for our friends in Australia, U.S. truck buyers are very likely to be left in the cold. Ford says it’s sticking to its two-truck approach with its full sized F-150 and its heavy duty Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450. However, you’d be crazy to say Ford isn’t keeping a close eye on the U.S. mid-size truck market these days. GM has had plenty of success with its Colorado and Canyon twins, while Toyota continues to rake in profits with its popular Tacoma.

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GM Plans No Direct Competitor For The Ford F-150 Raptor

GM Plans No Direct Competitor For The Ford F-150 Raptor

Take it for what it’s worth, but GM executive vice president of global product development, Mark Reuss says the automaker has no plans on developing a full-size competitor to the upcoming, second-generation Ford Raptor. That word comes from an interview Reuss had with Edmunds about viability of the project.

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GM Plans No Direct Competitor For The Ford F-150 Raptor

GM Plans No Direct Competitor For The Ford F-150 Raptor

Take it for what it’s worth, but GM executive vice president of global product development, Mark Reuss says the automaker has no plans on developing a full-size competitor to the upcoming, second-generation Ford Raptor. That word comes from an interview Reuss had with Edmunds about viability of the project.

Reuss is quoted saying, “We have a lot of priorities…. [and] capital is not endless. That is not one of our highest priorities in terms of spending capital right now.”

While it’s never wise to fully accept the fate of a vehicle based on such loose quotes, this does feel like sugar in the gas tank of the Raptor competitor’s possibility. It also somewhat dulls the excitement over GM’s trademarking of the “Badlands” name. Perhaps that’s a vehicle GM showrooms will never see. It could, however, be that rumored Jeep Wrangler-fighter from GMC.

With the bad news (sort of) confirmed, speculation can turn to the smaller, yet likely just as capable, Colorado ZR2 concept. The highly modified truck made its debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and wowed audiences with its remote reservoir shocks, meaty tires, four-inch suspension lift and four-inch stretched width. The concept even boasted a built-in winch behind the front bumper.

Of course, the Colorado ZR2’s fate is still undetermined as it still has the “concept” term stuck on its name.

With all the off-road rumors swirling around The General these days, it’s hard to give up on either idea of a GMC Badlands or the Colorado ZR2. Let’s just hope Reuss has something up his sleeve on this one.

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2016 Ford Focus RS Will NOT Have 345 Horsepower

2016 Ford Focus RS Will NOT Have 345 Horsepower

A few days after the 2015 Geneva Motor Show started, a number media outlets began reporting that the Irish Ford website had let the cat out of the bag regarding the 2016 Focus RS’ horsepower. As discovered by Autoguide, the Ford.ie retail website was caught showing a 350 PS (345 horsepower) output for the upcoming hot-hatch in a Geneva-related minisite, even though Ford initially only confirmed "over 315 horsepower" for the model.

Unfortunately, it was a case of programming mistake/typo on the Irish website, as Ford spokesman Aaron Miller confirmed that the supposedly leaked output figure is inaccurate. "We are still in testing phases, but we are guaranteeing it will at least be over 315 hp. Our final numbers will come closer to launch." Miller told Autoguide. As most of you know, the new Ford Focus RS is set to enter production towards the end of 2015, so there is ample time for fine-tuning its engine and/or chassis.

While an information leak regarding the model’s output is not entirely out of the question in the upcoming months, it’s pretty hard to believe that it will come from a place other that the U.S. or Germany, where the 2016 Focus RS will be manufactured for all global markets. The only official details regarding its engine’s specifications say that it will be more powerful and torquier than the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Mustang, where it delivers 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.

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