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Ken Block’s 700 HP Ford RS200 Evo Will Make You Yearn For The ’80s 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Ken Block, video on 11 24th, 2017


The latest Ford Focus RS is amazing. However, it is far from the coolest vehicle to wear Ford’s famed ‘RS’ badge. That honor has to go to the RS200.

Built by Ford Europe from 1984 to 1986, the Ford RS200 was a road-going version of the brand’s Group B rally car and restricted to just 200 units worldwide.

Ford Performance driver Ken Block recently acquired number 34, a rare Evolution version, quickly adorned it with a matte black wrap and took to LA’s streets alongside his Focus RS. You only have to watch the videos below for a few seconds to realize just how special the RS200 is, particularly when compared to the new all-wheel drive hot hatch.

Powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the RS200 Evo delivers roughly 700 hp.

Road cars don’t get much better than this.

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Is The Ford F-250 Platinum Really Worth $77,000? 22
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford F-250, Ford F-Series, Ford Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017


The Cadillac Escalade EXT and Lincoln Mark LT have all fallen by the wayside but that doesn’t mean the luxury pickup market has gone the same route. Instead, automakers are constantly introducing new range-topping models which regularly surpass the $50,000 mark.

While the GMC Sierra Denali is one of the better known luxury pickups, it’s far from the only one as Ford and Ram offer Limited variants which are about as plush as they are rugged.

The Ford F-250 eschews the Limited trim but it’s available as in Platinum guise for an eye-watering $62,310. Of course, the truck can still be equipped with an assortment of options and the one Doug DeMuro recently checked out stickered for $77,000.

That’s nearly $6,000 more than the Mercedes-AMG E43 but the truck obviously has some advantages as the model offers an impressive payload and towing capacity as well as a huge bed which can haul plenty of cargo. The model also comes equipped with some legitimate luxury features including a panoramic sunroof and heated and ventilated front seats with a massage function.

Of course, driving a full-size pickup isn’t like taking a spin in a Honda Accord as the F-250 has a massive turning radius. However, it’s not all bad as the truck is quiet and offers a smooth ride as well as decent acceleration.

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Ford’s First Plug-in Hybrid Police Car Will Help Clean Up Our Streets 20
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Ford Videos, new cars, PHEV, Police Cars, video on 11 20th, 2017


Ford’s new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan has arrived, though it won’t be taking part in any high-speed pursuits, as it’s aimed mostly at police and fire chiefs, detectives, and non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.

Based on the production-spec Fusion Energi, it shares its plug-in hybrid powertrain, and comes with a 7.6 kWh battery that can be charged in 2.5 hours using the onboard 3.3kW charger.

Ford says that it can be driven on electricity alone for up to 21 miles (34km), and up to a top speed of 85mph (km/h). Once the battery is depleted, its internal combustion gasoline unit will take it at least 500 miles (805km) farther.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever. Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation”, the company’s police brand marketing manager, Stephen Tyler, commented.

Outside, the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features red and blue emergency lights, and unique alloy wheels, while in the cabin it gets heavy-duty front seats with reduced bolsters for additional comfort, anti-stab plates, and vinyl rear seats and floors. Other equipment includes the reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, engine-idle feature, and auxiliary power box in the trunk.

Law enforcement agencies can spec their special Ford Fusion Energi with several options such as the driver spot lamp, emergency lighting packages, dark-car feature that turns off all interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, rear door control-disabling, trunk storage vault, and trunk ventilation system.

Ford will open the order books for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December, with deliveries starting in mid-2018.

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1959 Corvette Vs 1955 Ford Thunderbird In Classic Comparison Test 19
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet Videos, Classics, Corvette, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Videos, reviews, video on 11 19th, 2017


If you know your history and you like American muscle, this comparison of a ’59 Corvette and a ’55 Thunderbird might be equally if not more to your liking than most of the new cars getting reviewed these days.

Choosing between a first-generation Corvette and a Thunderbird is no easy task. Both cars are two-seat convertibles with V8 engines and manual transmissions, and both feature a lot of chrome.

When new, the Corvette was slightly more expensive, which made sense since it was marketed as a sportier car, putting down 270 HP to the Thunderbird’s 202 HP, and hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.3 seconds, whereas the Ford needed 9.6 seconds.

Despite all the Corvette’s advantages on paper, the Thunderbird outsold its rival by more than 23-to-one when it first came out in 1955. While Ford built this car as a direct rival to the Corvette, they also wanted to put an emphasis on its comfort and convenience features, rather than driving dynamics.

This comparison review, courtesy of Driving.ca, definitely highlights all these differences. In fact, the guys quickly arrive at the conclusion that, while the Thunderbird is quite a looker, it’s the first-gen Corvette that feels lighter and more agile on the road – not to mention faster in a straight line.

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John Cena Samples The 2017 Ford GT 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in celebrities, Ford GT, Ford Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


After showing his impressive fleet of performance cars to the world, WWE wrestler John Cena has upped the ante for his ‘Auto Geek’ channel, recently jumping behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford GT.

This particular GT came courtesy of Elder Ford Of Tampa and is finished in a beautiful shade of blue. It’s certainly not as eye-popping as some, including this Riviera Blue example, but still stands out on public roads, particularly with Cena in the driver’s seat.

As we know, the new Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine with 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque, launching the supercar to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and through to an impressive 216 mph (348 km/h) top speed.

However, the new Ford GT isn’t dominated by its engine. In fact, previous reviews have suggested that it is the car’s race-tuned chassis that makes it stand out from all of its rivals.

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Rev Off: 2017 Ford GT Titanium Exhaust Vs Standard Exhaust 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


From the moment Ford revealed the 2017 GT would use an enhanced version of the Ford F-150’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost, many loyal company enthusiasts bashed the carmaker for using a V6 in a supercar.

Sure, the engine may not have the exotic soundtrack of the supercharged V8 found on the previous-generation Ford GT, but it delivers enough power to rival the European constabulary. As the video below shows, it also sounds pretty impressive.

This clip compares the optional titanium exhaust system of the GT with the standard system. As you’d expect, the lightweight titanium setup sounds the best, producing some satisfying pops and a race car growl.

However, this isn’t to say the standard exhaust doesn’t sound good. It too delivers a satisfying bark, but doesn’t quite have the exotic vibe of the titanium system.

In either case, we can’t imagine any of the lucky owners complaining.

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John Hennessey Drives The VelociRaptor 6×6, Says It Feels Like A Military Vehicle 13
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Videos, Hennessey, tuning, video on 11 13th, 2017


Say what you want about Hennessey’s new VelociRaptor 6×6, but you cannot overlook its level of badassery and head-turning ability.

For some select consumers, those attributes alone might be worth the $349,000 that the company command for the truck in the States.

John Hennessey believes that despite its off-road potential, most owners will park it “in front of a fancy restaurant or hotel”, and “that’s okay, because they’ll have something that’s very unique and special”.

Hennessey went for a short spin in a VelociRaptor 6×6, saying that it feels like a military vehicle, with a huge towing ability, and plenty of power thanks to the 600hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. However, this is a very subjective first insight into the six-wheeled 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor crew-cab, as it comes from the company’s founder.

Hennessey admitted that he would gladly take this VelociRaptor 6×6 for an off-road session, but since he was sitting inside an example that was headed to its owner in Florida, he had to restrain himself.

During the short video, Hennessey said that besides the initial batch of 50 units, all of them made for the US market, they will build 50 more, for the rest of the world, so if you’re looking to splurge on your very own example, then you should make a deposit very soon.

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New Ford Expedition Looks Promising In First Reviews 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Expedition, Ford Videos, video on 11 10th, 2017


The new Ford Expedition is the latest entry in the full-size SUV segment, bringing lots of tech, more space and better fuel economy.

Just like the F-150, the all-new Expedition take advantage of a high-strength aluminum body to shed a significant amount of weight off its shoulders, with Ford claiming up to 300lbs in weight savings.

The now familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is the only option in the range, offering 375hp in all models bar the range-topping Platinum which comes with 400hp. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to either the rear or all four wheels, depending which version you go for.

All-wheel drive models come fitted with a new electronic limited-slip differential while the All-Terrain management system offers seven different drive modes: Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand and Mud/Rut.

The cabin can fit up to eight passengers, with those sitting in the third row to benefit from a very useful increase in space, thanks to the adoption of an independent rear suspension that allows a lower floor.

Creature comforts like wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, a modern SYNC 3 infotainment system, four 12-volt power points, six USB ports and a 110-volt power outlet are there to make the cavernous interior even more practical.

Is it as good as it sounds? The first reviews of the 2018 Ford Expedition from KBB and Edmunds are in, so let’s find out.

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Ford Begins Testing Exoskeletal Vests To Reduce Worker Injuries And Fatigue 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Videos, video on 11 9th, 2017


Ford recently expanded the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens but designers aren’t the only ones benefiting from advances in technology.

As part of a pilot program, the company is having assembly line workers test out an upper body exoskeletal technology called EksoVest. Designed to reduce workplace injuries and fatigue, the EksoVest is a wearable device which elevates and supports a worker’s arms while they are performing overhead tasks.

The EksoVest fits workers who are between 5′ and 6′ 4″ tall and provides adjustable levels of lift assistance. Ford says the vests can provide up to 15 lbs (6.8 kg) of assistance per arm and notes the devices are comfortable to wear as they are relatively lightweight.

According to assembly line worker Paul Collins, “My job entails working over my head, so when I get home my back, neck and shoulders usually hurt. Since I started using the vest, I’m not as sore, and I have more energy to play with my grandsons when I get home.”

While the vest might sound like overkill, Ford points out some assembly line workers lift their arms 4,600 times per day and about a one million times per year. Unsurprisingly, this can take a toll on workers and that’s a key reason why Ford is testing out the vests at two plants in the United States.

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Ford Begins Testing Exoskeletal Vests To Reduce Worker Injuries And Fatigue 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Videos, video on 11 9th, 2017


Ford recently expanded the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens but designers aren’t the only ones benefiting from advances in technology.

As part of a pilot program, the company is having assembly line workers test out an upper body exoskeletal technology called EksoVest. Designed to reduce workplace injuries and fatigue, the EksoVest is a wearable device which elevates and supports a worker’s arms while they are performing overhead tasks.

The EksoVest fits workers who are between 5′ and 6′ 4″ tall and provides adjustable levels of lift assistance. Ford says the vests can provide up to 15 lbs (6.8 kg) of assistance per arm and notes the devices are comfortable to wear as they are relatively lightweight.

According to assembly line worker Paul Collins, “My job entails working over my head, so when I get home my back, neck and shoulders usually hurt. Since I started using the vest, I’m not as sore, and I have more energy to play with my grandsons when I get home.”

While the vest might sound like overkill, Ford points out some assembly line workers lift their arms 4,600 times per day and about a one million times per year. Unsurprisingly, this can take a toll on workers and that’s a key reason why Ford is testing out the vests at two plants in the United States.

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Hennessey’s New VelociRaptor Shows The Earth Who’s Boss 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Videos, Hennessey, Trucks, tuning, video on 11 9th, 2017


While Hennessey’s new six-wheeled VelociRaptor has stolen the headlines in recent weeks, the tuning company’s ‘regular’ four-wheel VelociRaptor 600 Twin Turbo is still a potent bit of kit.

In order to show off the performance capabilities of the modified Ford F-150 Raptor, Hennessey has dropped a clip of the car ripping up the dirt near its facilities in Texas.

Admittedly, the ‘off-roading’ depicted in the video isn’t much more than some bumpy grass, so we don’t get a chance to see what the truck is really capable of.

Nevertheless, it does perfectly capture growl emitted from the twin-turbo V6 engine, overhauled to produce 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 622 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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Watch Half A Century Of Pony-Car Progress Flash Before Your Eyes 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017


The term “icon” gets thrown around a lot, but if there’s one vehicle that deserves the honorific, it’s surely the Ford Mustang.

Since its debut in 1964, the Mustang has stood as the very embodiment of the pony car and the epitome of accessible performance.

Over the course of the past half-century, though, it’s changed a lot – from the original through the Mustang II, the Fox body, the jellybean era of the 1990s, past the retro generation, to the thoroughly modern one we have today.

Modern necessities have bloated the Mustang’s weight by now to nearly double the original’s, but it’s also available with nearly double the horsepower. Some elements have remained constant though: big muscle up front, driven wheels at the back, and a price tag that the working man could at least aspire to.

Watch the pony-car story evolve before your eyes in this latest two-minute video from Donut Media.

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2019 Ford Focus ST Estate Might Get A 1.5-Liter Turbo With Over 270 Horses 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Scoops, Ford Videos, Scoops, video on 11 4th, 2017


Ford is working on putting the final touches to the fourth-generation Focus, which is expected to debut early next year.

Spied in motion while lapping the Nurburgring, this prototype won’t give any hints as what’s found beneath the new sheet metal, but our spy photographers, which caught the exact same car on camera last month, say that it’s an ST.

Some design differences over previous scooped models can be seen in the front end, which appears to be sportier, in addition to the roof-mounted spoiler, double tailpipes, and chunky five double-spoke alloy wheels.

Some sources have suggested that the new generation Ford Focus ST will drop the current 2.0-liter gasoline unit in favor of a smaller 1.5-liter turbo’d engine that could develop up to 275hp.

At this point, it remains uncertain whether the 2.0-liter diesel powertrain, which proved its popularity in Europe, will be downsized too, or if it will be upgraded with new software and hardware meant to drop its CO2 emissions.

Apart from the ST grade, the new-gen Ford Focus will be offered with a variety of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and it appears that electrification is going to be part of the package, with PHEV and zero-emission models coming as well.

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2019 Ford Focus ST Estate Might Get A 1.5-Liter Turbo With Over 270 Horses 4
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Scoops, Ford Videos, Scoops, video on 11 4th, 2017


Ford is working on putting the final touches to the fourth-generation Focus, which is expected to debut early next year.

Spied in motion while lapping the Nurburgring, this prototype won’t give any hints as what’s found beneath the new sheet metal, but our spy photographers, which caught the exact same car on camera last month, say that it’s an ST.

Some design differences over previous scooped models can be seen in the front end, which appears to be sportier, in addition to the roof-mounted spoiler, double tailpipes, and chunky five double-spoke alloy wheels.

Some sources have suggested that the new generation Ford Focus ST will drop the current 2.0-liter gasoline unit in favor of a smaller 1.5-liter turbo’d engine that could develop up to 275hp.

At this point, it remains uncertain whether the 2.0-liter diesel powertrain, which proved its popularity in Europe, will be downsized too, or if it will be upgraded with new software and hardware meant to drop its CO2 emissions.

Apart from the ST grade, the new-gen Ford Focus will be offered with a variety of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, and it appears that electrification is going to be part of the package, with PHEV and zero-emission models coming as well.

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Ford’s New GT Is Perfect For An Austrian Road Trip 4
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford GT, Ford Videos, video on 11 4th, 2017


The new Ford GT doesn’t redefine performance car boundaries, but it still captured the attention of enthusiasts around the world, amassing a remarkable cult following in the process.

Eager to continue promoting the new mid-engine supercar, Ford provided a pair of Austrian journalists with the keys to the new GT and let them hit the Austrian Alps, exploring every facet of the car.

Unlike almost all performance-focused cars on the market, the 2017 Ford GT hasn’t been designed as a road car with some abilities when taken to a racetrack. Instead, the GT was designed for winning its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours and then refined and tamed for road use. Consequently, it is about as close to a race car as you can get.

Sitting at the heart of the GT is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine with 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.

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