Detroit versus everybody

  • The 3.5L EcoBoost V8 engine under the bonnet produces over 300 kW and almost 600Nm of torque that’s fed through a 10-speed gearbox with manual paddle shifters.
  • The rear-wheel drive, mid-engined GT will begin production in 2016 with carbon fibre and aluminium construction and a a twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that produces more than 450kW.
  • This stripped out track machine is powered by a 5.2L V8 engine and is described as Fords most capable track car that also happens to be street legal.
Date:15 January 2015 Author: Lindsey Schutters Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The North American International Auto Show, much like the Emmys, kicks of the next calendar year for production cars. Here you won’t find many exotic concepts, but rather street-ready new metal and new innovations for existing models. Having already blown their technology load at the Consumer Electronics Show in the week before, it’s really all practical stuff. At the centre of the fanfare is the resurgence is the blue oval brand.

Having successfully emerged from the motor-industry meltdown, Ford are now armed with technologies and sourced primarily from their European arm and are making efficient, powerful, world-class cars. With the Ranger overthrowing the Hilux’s 34-year reign as SA’s number one bakkie and Fords Kuga and EcoSport numbers swelling on local roads, it seems like big blue has turned the corner. The man who established the Detroit car industry ­- Cadillac and Dodge were founded by Henry Ford’s associates – would be proud.

New in North America will be an impressive line-up including the new flagship Ford GT, the track-ready Mustang GT350R and the new F-150 Raptor performance truck. There are also subtle updates to the Focus ST and Fiesta ST shown at the unfortunately-acronymned 2015NAIAS.

Ford’s growing to never-before-seen global strengths and Naias was the perfect debutant ball for the high-performance machines that are surely going to shake the world. Look out for our review of the new Ford Fusion after the local launch next week.