The Ford Focus ST and Focus RS are Coming and One of Them Was Just Caught Testing on the Nurburgring
It’s been only a week since the fourth-generation Ford Focus was unveiled, and the company is already testing a new version of the hatchback. Our paparazzi just spotted a camouflaged Focus on the Nurburgring track, and despite the thick wrap, it’s pretty obvious that Ford isn’t testing the standard model. But what is it?
2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang
Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and became the first Mustang to be sold worldwide. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the sixth-gen muscle car. Come 2018 and the mighty GT500 is finally underway.
Test mules were spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan as early as 2016, but 2017 brought an updated version on public roads. Sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350, the prototype came with many hints that we are indeed looking at a more powerful Mustang. The launch date is a mystery as of this writing, but the new GT500 could make its public debut by the end of 2018 for the 2020 model year. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a five-year hiatus, and Ford will finally have a competitor for the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Updated 05/30/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Shelby GT500. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!
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2018 Ford F-150 Caught Testing With Diesel Powertrain
Only three years after the 2015 F-150’s debut, Ford is already preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the full-size pickup, reportedly scheduled for the 2018 model year. Spy photographers working for TruckTrend captured a camouflaged regular cab, short bed F-150 roaming the track at Ford’s Dearborn testing facility. It’s clear both the front and rear of the truck are receiving updates. Speculation also swirls regarding a new diesel engine for the F-150, enforced by photos of a Venturi-style tailpipe protruding from under the truck.
Regarding the redesign, Ford has to keep the F-150 current, so minor changes to the grille, headlights, bumpers, taillights, and tailgate are all on the horizon. This comes after General Motors updated its Silverado and Sierra for 2016 and ahead of Ram’s eventual update on the 1500 pickup.
There’s no word on what changes will be made to the exterior, but count on a new crop of grille designs for the various trim levels. The new design won’t likely be groundbreaking, but it will be drastic enough to distinguish the 2018 F-150 from earlier iterations.
On the diesel front, TruckTrend’s photographer captured photos of two telltale signs of a compression-ignition engine lurking under the hood. First, a Venturi-style tailpipe is seen protruding from under the cargo bed. This style exhaust is part of modern and complex diesel after-treatment systems designed to reduce emissions. The other clue is less obvious yet perhaps more telling. A sticker on the rear window contains a alphanumeric code, that when broken down, specifies a 3.0-liter displacement for the engine – or at least so speculates our friends at TruckTrend.
The 3.0-liter displacement makes sense, though, as Ford could outsource the diesel from Jaguar Land Rover. The British automaker currently produces a 3.0-liter turbodiesel called. The engine is already on American soil in the Range Rover Td6. In that application, the V-6 makes 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. That outclasses the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, though Ford is likely to bump output even more for truck duty. What’s more, Ford has mentioned the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being used, though no confirmation or other information has been released. The hybrid could potentially be paired with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6.
We expect the 2018 F-150 to makes its debut in early 2017 before it arrives in dealerships towards the end of the year. For more information, check out TruckTrend’s full report in the link below.
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2018 Ford Focus RS500
We all got extremely excited when Ford dropped details on the Focus RS, confirming that it was indeed reviving the rally sport badge and bringing it to the U.S. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap, the new Focus RS is a true driver’s car and has made a huge splash in the hot hatch market – much more so than Focus RS models of the past. In early June, rumors began to surface that the Focus RS was about to be kicked out of the top-range spot by an even better version called the RS500. If that name sounds familiar, it should. It was used back in 2010 for a limited-production variant of a beefed-up Focus RS. At the time, the news was all speculation, but we’ve now received two sets of spy shots that prove Ford is in fact on a mission to one-up its Focus RS.
The model seen in our spy shots is, without a doubt, a beefier version of the current RS. Of course, details are rather scant, and these shots are coming in ahead of any official confirmation from Ford, but there’s no denying that the Blue Oval has something up its sleeve. The best part is that the model is near production ready, with the second round of spy shots showing minor alterations from the first as Ford fine tunes the body’s aerodynamic features.
With that said, let’s take a good look at these spy shots and talk about what we can expect when Ford officially unveils the model to dethrone the current Focus RS.
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Ford Fan Site Renders Sixth-Gen Bronco!
Rumors have been swirling with growing intensity that the Bronco will be among four new SUV Ford will release before 2020. With that in mind, Bronco fans at Bronco6G.com created a rather realistic rendering of what Ford might have coming.
Bronco6G says they fused together styling cues from previous generation Broncos, as well as the 2004 Bronco concept truck. The front grille, headlights, and fenders are unmistakably from the first-generation SUV – a model that saw showrooms between 1966 and 1977.
Rearward, the two-door SUV carries an all-original look, though the long side glass and squared-off fender openings recall Broncos of the past. Modern touches like large wheels, somewhat low-profile tires, LED lighting elements, and an electric recovery winch all bring the honest SUV into the 21st century.
While the rendering is merely an idea of what direction Ford might be taking, Bronco6G does claim insider knowledge that Ford has purchased a Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited for benchmarking purposes. If that’s true – which is easily believable – the sixth-generation Bronco will surely be a competent off-roader with chops liken to the Wrangler Rubicon.
That means the Bronco will ride on a fully boxed, ladder frame with an traditional 4WD system that includes a two-speed transfer case, a solid rear axle and an electronic locking rear differential. What’s more, Ford is likely to borrow these parts from its F-150 parts bin, helping save development time and production costs. If that’s the case, the Bronco will certainly be a tough truck. Oh, and of course, it will wear an aluminum body.
Powertrain options are open to Ford’s vast array of engines. If the Bronco is indeed a two-door SUV, the F-150’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 should provide more than enough power. Ford may offer the 3.5-liter EcoBoost as an optional powerplant, perhaps in an SVT version further into the Bronco’s production cycle.
Then again, all this is just rumor, guesstimation, and hearsay. The sixth-generation Bronco might never get off the ground, it might be a unibody crossover, or in fact, it could be similar to this rather awesome rendering. Nicely done, Bronco6G.
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The arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang not only brought many changes to America’s iconic muscle car, but also gave rise to several questions as to what high-performance models would be built around it. There’s been a lot of talk about several Shelby nameplates being dropped with the new generation, but although the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has yet to receive a successor, Ford did roll out a 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 model and a more track-focused 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that promises to become the most potent Mustang on the race track. Now, Ford has also unveiled the GT350R-C, which replaces the previous-generation 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
The new muscle racer is set to make its first official track debut at Watkins Glen on June 27th and will continue to race in the remaining six events of the 2015 season through September. The race team will be managed by longtime Ford partner Multimatic Motorsports, while the cars will be driven by Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric, and Jade Buford.
“Ford is committed to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and we’re very happy to be campaigning its product here,” said Larry Holt, team principal, Multimatic Motorsports. “We like the endurance format, and the racing is always intense. The cars must be fast and reliable, and there are always at least 10 contenders running door-to-door for two and a half hours. It is the perfect home for the GT350R-C.”
Updated 06/29/2015: The new Shelby GT350R-C made its racing debut this weekend during the qualifying session for the 2015 IMSA. With a lap-time of 2 minutes, 1.358 seconds - the new GT350R-C grabbed itself a pole position for its first race!
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The 2017 Ford GT debuted with a bang at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the modern iteration of the iconic racer that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans looked as it were a concept car rather than a supercar ready to hit the assembly line. This impression was just confirmed by the first test mule Ford took out on a spin near Detroit, where our trusty paparazzi are always ready to take snapshots of each prototype that leaves FoMoCo’s development facility.
Set to break cover in production form sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, the Ford GT looks far from ready. This means we can forget about what Ford showcased in Detroit, as the development process will likely bring significant changes to the concept. Sure, the design won’t change much overall, but certain body panels and parts will be revised in the wind tunnel for improved aerodynamics.
Same goes for the engine. Although Ford already told us the GT will employ a new 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6, it seems the manufacturer it won’t have much to share over the next few months, with the mule barely out of the factory. But until Ford decides to tell us more, let’s have a closer look at this GT mule below.
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With Ford having promised to introduced 12 new performance cars by 2020, I’ve been hoping for the Blue Oval to confirm plans for a hotter version of the Fiesta ST ever since the Focus RS broke cover. And when Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson told AutoCar the Fiesta would receive an RS badge and all the goodies that come with it if "there’s a business case" for it, I got really excited. A full month has passed since then with no official word, but I’m happy to announce Ford is indeed working on the Fiesta RS.
The big news comes from our trusty paparazzi, who spotted a Fiesta prototype sporting several body elements that have yet to be seen on road-going hatchbacks. So unless Ford is testing is testing a new Fiesta-based racer camouflaged as a road car, which is very (and I mean VERY) unlikely, what you’re looking at is the souped-up RS model we’ve all been hoping to get.
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The next-generation Ford Focus RS is still about a couple of years away and, although the company has yet to confirm its development, reports about the high performance hatchback keep pouring in with all sorts of details.
The latest piece comes from Britain’s Auto Express, who almost managed to pull a confirmation from a couple of Ford representatives during a recent company event in Italy.
"Let’s say there’s a strong desire. Something like that makes a great halo car," Ford of Europe CEO Barb Samardzich said when asked about a successor to the RS. While this statement doesn’t shed too much light on the car’s development, a Ford spokesman hinted that the company is hands deep into a new superhatch.
"We have a rich heritage of RS cars, and we’re not about to let any competitors overtake us in that respect. You can rest assured that Martin (Smith, director of design at Ford of Europe) and his team are fully focused on the future of our performance strategy," he stressed.
Although no details were squeezed out of the two officials, Auto Express claims the new RS could arrive with as much as 350 horsepower under the hood. The figure matches the output available on the limited edition Focus RS500 and represents a 20-horsepower bump over previous reports. As we’ve already mentioned, the hatch will be motivated by a 2.3-liter, four-pot EcoBoost engine similar to the one fitted in the 2015 Mustang.
The new RS is also expected to arrive sometime in 2016 and wear a sticker of around £27,000, which is nearly $46,000 at current exchange rates. There’s no word as to when the vehicle will reach U.S. shores, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.
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With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.
From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin-like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.
Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.
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Just before we rang in the new year, our spy photographers caught the updated version of the current-generation Ford Focus testing in the cold. Now, it looks like new year began with yet another testing session for the model, but this time the testing took place in hot weather.
Besides the temperature difference and lack of snow, what’s different this time is that our spy photographers managed to catch both the hatchback and the station wagon versions, and that both don the real taillights. Everything else remains identical to the previous prototype we caught, including the selective camouflaging.
Rumors suggest that the revised Focus will get a fully revised front end, an updated rear end, a bigger screen for the infotainment and satellite navigation system, and a revised button layout. Ford will likely add a new lineup of colors and materials, and some new wheels design.
Under its hood, we expect a revised engine lineup that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy.
The unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang is still fresh in a lot of people’s minds and yet somehow, a couple of aftermarket companies known for developing programs for the Blue Oval’s beloved pony car are already working on official renderings for their future builds.
Seems like Galpin Auto Sports and Steeda Automotive both can’t wait to get their hands on the next-generation Mustang, can they?
GAS, the aftermarket arm of Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealership in the world, is probably responsible for the most modified Mustangs among all tuning companies. So with the 2015 Mustang officially making its debut last week, Galpin went with a wide-body treatment of the American muscle car, complete with bolt-on widebody fenders fender, a hellacious-looking front splitter, wider wheel arches, a lowered suspension, and the addition of new aero components like those side sills and the huge rear wing at the back.
Not one to be outdone, Steeda Automotive also took its time in the creative seat to visualize what the new Mustang would look like if it went under the aftermarket knife in Steeda’s care. Compared to what GAS rendered, Steeda’s version is a lot more subtle, and dare we say more realistic for a Mustang. Maybe even a little too simple with just the new black hood, a new set of black wheels, side graphics, and the Steeda windshield banner.
Of course, both these renders only show the cosmetic and aerodynamic side of their future programs. There will also undoubtedly be engine modifications coming from both, and that’s the most exciting part because as people who love the aftermarket scene as much as we do, imagining the power additions GAS and Steeda can put on the Mustang is enough to drive our imaginations crazy.
News surrounding the 2015 Ford Mustang is still hot, as details about the coupe and convertible models keep rolling in. But now with a finalized exterior design, our rendering artist went to work piecing together what Ford’s rumored 2015 Mustang Mach 1 might look like.
High-performance with retro throwback flair is the name of the game and the exterior styling screams it. Up front, a huge front splitter with adjustable supports instantly stands out, while a larger rear spoiler and quad exhaust pipes juice up the rear end. The iconic Mach 1 logo adorns the rear truck lid in all its ’60-era font glory. Other small details, like the rocker panel and hood stripes, add character, while the vertical-bar Mustang logo replaces the galloping stallion on the front grille.
We can only guess at what lurks under those functional heat extractors on the Mustang’s hood, and guess we will. The current 2014 Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and while Ford says the 5.0’s output is expected to be "at least" the same for the upcoming year, we suspect the 2015 GT to receive a marginal increase; perhaps to 430 horsepower and an even 400 pound-feet of twist.
Starting with those suspected output numbers, an estimate of 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque from the new Mach 1 sounds reasonable; especially considering the 5.0 produced 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet in the 2013 Mustang Boss 302, which we expect the Mach 1 to basically be the replacement for.
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April 17th 1964: The day the first generation of the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public. Today, almost half a century later, when the words ’American Icon’ are spoken together, this car is probably the first thing that comes to mind.
With the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang approaching, the anticipation over the next generation of the pony car has been greater than ever. With the news of Ford filing a trademark application for the “Mach 1” moniker, speculations are rife about the return of the badge in the 2015 Mustang.
The model, when launched in 1969, sat between the GT and Boss 302 models, and it replaced the GT in 1971.
Based on the unique design elements of the original 1969 Mach 1, we at TopSpeed decided to create a rendering for you what the Mach 1 Mustang (if released) could look like.
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As part of One Ford, the company will launch a new crossover for sale in late 2014 that is tailored to the universal global preferences of value and style.
The new global SUV will be revealed to the world media at the 2013 LA Auto Show before going on sale almost globally by 2015. So why all the mystery about what the new world-wise five-seat crossover will be?
It is the 2015 Edge, scheduled for display in LA as lightly dressed as a concept car before going on sale in Summer 2014 all over the world.
The current Ford SUV range in Europe consists of the EcoSport and the Kuga that can be categorized as crossovers unlike the new Ford Edge that is planned for launch next year.
The EcoSport and Kuga began life as a "global models" made specifically for certain target markets.
The rest of the Ford model range comprises of hatchbacks, sedans and MPVs that have been popular with folks in continental Europe.
Click past the jump for all the details known so far about the new Ford Edge, including the competition it will face in Europe for the first time.
We have known for quite some time now that with the new-generation Mustang, Ford will replace the current Shelby GT500 with a new GT350 version. The Shelby moniker will also likely be dropped and replaced by the "Cobra" name.
Until now, everything we knew on the GT350 was pure speculations, but a Mustang fanatic at MustangG6 managed to catch what he claims is the GT350 on open road. If this claim is accurate, than it is the first time anyone has caught the GT350 on video. Even if this is not the GT350, it still bodes well for the upcoming Mustang lineup, because this thing sounds fierce!
There are few details on the new GT350 just yet, but rumors suggest it will drop the current supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine that develops 662 horsepower in the GT500. Instead it will be powered by a 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 that will deliver about 450 horsepower. Sure, that’s a huge drop in output, but it will be more fuel efficient.
No mater what engine it uses, the sound is amazing, so enjoy the video!
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A very lucky member of the Mustang6g Forums was fortunate enough to be in a hotel parking lot in Arizona just when Ford engineers were taking a break from testing a few 2015 Mustang protoypes. As no surprise, Mriley — the forum member that spotted the `Stangs — quickly took his camera and snapped off a few pictures. He even managed to take a photo of the car’s interior; well, sort of.
As no surprise, the 2015 Mustang is still heavily camouflaged and these new shots revealed very little. The interior picture does show a concave steering wheel and thick sport seats.
We do know that Ford will drop the Mustang’s current exterior look that made the Mustang so famous and will adopt a global design language. Ford previewed this design when it displayed the Evos Concept.
Along with its new look, we expect to see a few updates under the hood too.
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The second-generation Ford C-Max was unveiled in 2010 and Ford is already preparing the first revision for this compact minivan. With this revision, Ford is continuing its attempt installing its new "Aston Martin" looking face on all of its vehicles. The revised C-Max was been caught testing in cold conditions in Sweden.
The first spy shots reveal that the revised C-Max will receive the same treatment applied to all the other models in the lineup. Translated, this means we are going to see a new trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and a new power-dome hood. We expect to see some minor updates on the interior where Ford will add new technologies, including the new MyKey system offered in all the other models.
Under the hood, the lineup of engines will remain unchanged, but Ford will most likely add the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers a total of 119 horsepower.
Expect the revised Ford C-max to arrive later this year, most likely in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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It looks like Ford is preparing to surprise us with a new generation Edge crossover and if the first leaked image turns out to be true, it will be quite a huge surprise. A super-blurry image outlining future Ford models has hit the Interwebz and, as you can see, the 2015 Edge will feature an impressive evolution over the current generation with design inspired by the new generation Fusion.
The front seems to have been heavily revised with a a more prominent grille, sweptback headlights, plus more pronounced and aggressive lines. All of which are welcome additions to the aging Edge.
Its just our crazy impression, or 2015 will really be a busy year for Ford: there will be a new Mustang, new Edge and possibly new Taurus and Expedition.
We’ll keep a close eye out more a better-resolution image and we are sure one will popup soon enough. Until then, break out your microscopes and check out the above image comparing the 2013 model to the leaked image of the 2015 model.
For those old enough to have witnessed the glory that was "Robocop" in theaters, you not only got to see an ultra-modern, crime-fighting machine, but you also got to see one of the most modern American cars of the era. That’s right, back in 1986, the Ford Taurus with its rounded body and fuel-injected V-6 was actually one of the most modern-looking and driving cars manufactured in the U.S. Sure, it fell by the wayside as the years went on, but nearly everyone that was around and not busy watching "Alf" or "Back to The Future" I through III still recalls the fanfare that the first-gen Taurus received.
There was so much fanfare that it managed to weasel its way into a supporting role as Alex J. Murphy’s car of choice. Well, the Taurus is once again one of the more modern American cars of its time, particularly the SHO model, and there is now a remake of "Robocop" in production. So we now have the perfect setup for a reunion of the two, and that looks to be what is going on, thanks to the savvy camera work of one person.
Above we have a late-model Taurus or what looks to be the SHO variety caught out in the open wearing obvious Robocop-esque duds. Could it possibly be that the "Robocop" of 2013 or 2014 will whip the same model its predecessor did in 1987? It looks mighty possible to us.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available about this new "Robocop" car.
Ford’s Transit Connect is preparing to enter a new generation and today we have the very first spy shots to prove it. While Ford is trying to keep the model a secret, we expect to see both a passenger model with five and possibly seven seats, as well as a two seater commercial model.
While the prototype is heavily camouflaged, you can easily notice that the front end will be more car-like and borrows some styling from the Fiesta and Ka, especially the head lights and grille. At the back, there are thinner and longer rear lights. This prototype has the roof-hinged one piece hatch, but the Transit Connect will be offered with two side hinged doors as well.
The engine line-up for the Transit will include a 1.6 or 1.8 Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engine, but a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Duratec engine will also be offered.
The new generation Ford Transit Connect will be offered in both Europe and on the US market as a 2014 model.
The all-newFord Mondeo is set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show at the end of September, but the first details on the car have been unveiled today at Ford’s "Go Further" brand event.
As promised, the car has been inspired by Ford’s latest design language previewed by the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. These elements include a new, more prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps. In fact the new Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting.
Under the hood Ford has placed the company’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and for the first time Mondeo will be offered in a hybrid version that combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery.
Also, as a first, Mondeo will offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch, a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch color touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.
The new Mondeo will go on sale in early 2013.
Updated 09/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.