Ford’s Need for Speed – 3 Awesome Rides Just Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show
Ford’s Need for Speed - 3 Awesome Rides Just Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show

Ford’s showing at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is all about speed. Three new vehicles were revealed under the automaker’s new speed sub brand – Ford Performance.

“If you could use innovation to build the ultimate Ford performance vehicle, what would it be?” Ford CEO Mark Fields asked a crowd at the auto show as a sexy blue GT rolled on stage. “Well, here’s an idea.”

Ford GT

Meet the car you want, but probably can’t afford. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine gives the GT more than 600 horsepower. The exotic car comes with doors that swing upward and a sleek exterior design.

The no fuss interior shows this car is built purely for speed. Weight specifics were hard to come by, but Ford promises one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any high-performance car.

No specifics on pricing either, but I imagine low six figures are a given with this beast.

Ford Raptor

While the GT is the headline stealer, Ford also impressed with the new model of the F-150 Raptor. The biggest change? A redesigned 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 Ecoboost will take the place of the older model’s V-8. Ford is also including an industry-first 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

According to the automaker, this transmission will eventually make its way into the regular F-150 and other Ford vehicles.

Ford teases the new Raptor’s horsepower will be more than the current Raptor’s 411 horsepower. More news on that front will come closer to the truck’s rollout.

Want to head off road in this badboy? Pick from one of six driving modes to get you through the rough patches. Toggle ‘Baja,’ ‘Rock’ or other modes depending on where you find yourself.

Your new pickup truck will start hitting dealer lots this Fall.

Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R


The GT350R is even faster than the version Ford revealed at the L.A. Auto Show in November. It isn’t just about more horsepower though. Ford has tuned the R’s downforce and weight to make it lighter and faster. You can take the R through the Hardee’s drive thru, but it’s meant for the track.

The same 5.2-liter V-8 engine in the GT350 will give the R model more than 500 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

If you’re interested in the GT350R, you better have your money ready. The car will go on sale later this year in U.S. and Canada. But, Ford only plans to sell about 1,000 of them over the next few years.

Which of these three new Ford rides would you like the most? I’m digging the F-150 Raptor.

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