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Ford Ka+ Tries To Get Funky With New Color Edition 24
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Ford, Ford Ka, new cars on 11 24th, 2017


Ford has added a new version to the affordable Ka+ supermini in Europe called Color Edition, which adds six new and vibrant colors paired with contrasting black details.

The new colors are Bright Yellow, Moondust Silver, Oxford White, Ruby Red, Smoke and Sparkling Gold but that’s not the only new features coming with this new variant, as Ford had added a rear spoiler and black 15-inch alloys, along with black details such as the painted roof, mirror caps, side decals, mesh grille and more.

The cheapest Ford you can buy -in Europe at least- is basically slightly shorter and slightly taller than the previous-gen Fiesta, upon which the Ka+ has been based on. The company makes great claims about its interior space, compared to similarly priced rivals which include the Toyota Aygo and the VW Up.

The new Ford Ka+ Color Edition will be offered with the 85PS version of the 1.2-liter Duratec petrol engine, returning an official average of 54.3mpg UK (5.2lt/100km) and 120g/km of CO2 emissions. Order books in Europe are now open.

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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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You Can Keep Your Focus RS – We Want This 600 HP 1986 Ford RS200 Evo 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford on 11 21st, 2017


Automakers far and wide use the letters RS to connote some of their most hardcore performance models. Ranking high among them is Ford, which applies them today to the Focus RS. But that’s not the one we want; this is.

It’s an RS200 from 1986, but not just any RS200: it’s an RS200 Evolution rally car from the heyday of Group B, and it’s coming up for auction.

One of just 24 made, this nimble little mid-engined rally car packs a 2.1-liter turbo four sending over 600 horsepower to all four wheels – significantly more than the 500 featured in other rally-raiding examples, or the 250 in the road-going version.

With composite bodywork styled by Carrozzeria Ghia and built by Aston Martin’s Tickford division, the RS200 Evolution was capable of rocketing to 60 mph (96 km/h) in three seconds flat, setting a Guinness-certified world record that stood for 12 years.

Chassis number 00105 is headed for auction at Bond Street in London on December 2, where it’s anticipated to sell for upwards of £200k. You can check it out in these images provided courtesy of Bonhams, and while you’re doing that, we’ll be digging through our sofa cushions for spare change to scrounge together an opening bid.

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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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Please Let The Upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor Look Like This 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, ford ranger, Renderings, Reports, Trucks on 11 19th, 2017


A Ford Ranger Raptor is just around the corner, and if these renderings from Ranger5g prove to be accurate, the pickup will be the mini F-150 Raptor we’ve been hoping for.

By using prototype pictures of the Ranger Raptor as a base, the forum member has rendered the pickup with a custom front fascia dominated by a blacked-out grille with a large Ford emblem, just like the F-150 Raptor.

Elsewhere, the fascia includes a steel skid plate, new air ducts and a pair of blacked-out air extractors on the hood. When combined with a black roof, black wing mirrors, and black wheels, we have a pickup that’s sure to whip Ranger lovers into a frenzy.

Beyond its tweaked design, reports indicate the Ranger Raptor will be powered by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine, not the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 of the F-150 Raptor. Nonetheless, the engine will be paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission Ford developed alongside General Motors, while an upgraded suspension will also be part of the package.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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First 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype Bound For Auction 19
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, Shelby on 11 19th, 2017


Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype ever built during its Scottsdale event in mid-January.

The auction house says that the pony car is in excellent condition and includes a numbers-matching V8 and 4-speed manual transmission.

When the vehicle’s prototype duties were completed, a Ford dealership in California used the Mustang for demonstration purposes. In the ensuing decades, it passed through the hands of numerous owners and underwent a full restoration in 2011, ultimately being displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015.

A unique feature of the GT350 is its blue vinyl roof. Neither Ford or Shelby ever offered a vinyl roof on the car, but used this prototype as an experiment to decide whether or not to offer it as an option.

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Angry Woman Uses Perfume And Shirt To Set Her Taurus On Fire After It Broke Down 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Ford, Ford Taurus, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


A woman from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania has been arraigned on charges of arson and risking a catastrophe after setting her Ford Taurus on fire after it broke down.

In an affidavit, state police trooper Adam Zinn said he was dispatched to a parking lot near the Donegal interchange over a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arriving at the scene, Zinn said he was met at the scene by 36-year-old Amanda B Silliman who admitted to setting the car on fire because she was angry it broke down.

“Silliman related that once her car broke down in the parking lot she became angry at it. Silliman stated that she took a pink T-shirt and sprayed it with body spray… then stuffed the T-shirt in the gas tank filler neck and ignited the shirt on fire,” Zinn mentioned in his affidavit.

Trib Live reports that Silliman’s 2002 Taurus was destroyed by the blaze. Additionally, Zinn alleges that firefighters from the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department were endangered by the blaze.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Silliman has been charged with criminal mischief, possession of incendiary materials, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

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2018 Ford Mustang Likes Its Wheels And Fenders Wide 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford Mustang, Forgiato, tuning, Wheels on 11 17th, 2017


While we’ve seen plenty of wide-body kits for the sixth-generation Mustang, the facelifted model has yet to make the rounds properly.

What we like about this particular Mustang is the smooth aggressiveness. It doesn’t necessarily beg for your attention thanks to the dark theme, though to be fair, those 20″ wheels are really hard to miss.

Those rims are called Appuntito-ECL and are manufactured by Forgiato. You can get them in multiple sizes, from 19″ through 22″, as well as 24″ and 26″.

Inside, we can spot a pair of racing seats and a roll cage, which in turn lets us know this car means business and it’s not just all show and no go.

As for the kit, if you compare it to that widebody Shelby Super Snake concept unveiled earlier this year, you might find that the fenders on this car are slightly wider, we’re talking almost Liberty Walk levels of width here.

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China Has Made Another Ford F-150 Clone, This Time Of The Raptor 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Ford, Ford F-150, new cars, Replica, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017


The Chinese are back at it, creating a pickup truck that takes obvious design inspiration from the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Reports from China say that the vehicle comes from a company dubbed Projen and while sales of the pickup have yet to commence, we wouldn’t be surprised if the carmaker has some difficulties actually bringing it to the market.

Back in 2012, JAC Motors unveiled a direct copy of the Ford F-150 to its dealers in China. However, Ford managed to prevent the company from building the pickup, revealing to the press that it had gone to the trouble of securing design patents in China. Given the popularity of the F-150 Raptor, we’d be surprised if Ford didn’t also have patents for the hardcore pickup in China as well.

Either way, the design of the Projen is hilariously similar to the real thing. For starters, the blacked-out front grille is essentially identical to the Raptor, as are the headlights. Additionally, the Projen includes a silver skid plate, beefy wheels, tires, and tailgate and taillight designs similar to the Raptor.

If the Projen does somehow reach the production line before Ford steps in, it will allegedly carry a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine.

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Ex-Ford Engineer Buys 2004 Shelby Cobra Concept 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, Ford, Ford Concepts, Reports, Shelby on 11 17th, 2017


Former Ford engineer Chris Theodore has purchased the memorable 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept he helped create.

The one-off roadster sold for $825,000 at the recent GAA Classic Cars auction in North Carolina. All money raised from the auction will go towards the restoration of Fair Lane, the estate formerly owned by Henry and Clara Ford.

The American carmaker created the concept as a modern interpretation of the AC Cobra and briefly considered it for production as a replacement to the GT. While this never happened, the car is fully operational and shares many of its underpinnings with the GT.

Speaking to Automotive News about his purchase, Theodore said, “It’s a dream come true. It’s one of the last cars I worked on at Ford. It’s in beautiful condition and it has been very well taken care of.”

Theodore says he plans on making the Shelby Cobra Concept roadworthy but unfortunately, it can’t be registered.

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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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Ford Edge Headed To Australia As The Diesel-Powered Endura 14
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Ford, Ford Edge on 11 14th, 2017


Crossover and SUV sales are booming in Australia and Ford is looking to tap into that momentum by announcing plans to launch the all-new Endura.

Set to go on sale late next year, the Endura will be a renamed version of the Edge and it will join existing models such as the Escape, EcoSport, and Everest.

Ford is keeping detailed specifications under wraps but confirmed the Endura will be offered exclusively as a five-seater with a diesel engine. There’s no word on which diesel engine the company is talking about but the European version of the Edge features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that has outputs of 180 PS (132 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque as well as 210 PS (154 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque.

Regardless of what’s under the hood, Ford said the model will be positioned as a premium crossover that comes highly-equipped and offers an extensive assortment of driver assistance features.

While it seems odd that Ford would go through the trouble of renaming the Edge, the company says the Endura name is shorthand for Endurance and it represents “strength, durability, reliability and sportiness, which are key attributes of this all-new vehicle.”

Ford Australia President and CEO Graeme Whickman added “The appetite for SUVs in this country is impressive, so we’re excited to bring a premium new offering from our global portfolio to local audiences.”

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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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