Bolt/Riley also make good targets since, as I said, they are both super hardcore cars with off-road tires and off-road style engines.
For the first time in a long time, Ford will be offering a true 4 door for their performance vehicles: a 1LE Mondeo (based on the 5.0) with a turbocharger and a 6-speed manual and a 6LE Mondeo with a turbocharged and re-tuned automatic gearbox. They also offer a Performance variant with a turbocharged Mondeo 6 and a 6+2 automatic with 6.4-second sprint. If anyone is curious about how the 8.7 and 8.8 (as in 5.0 and 5.8) are faring in racing, the 8.8M is a 1LE with a stock 8.4 liter V8 that’s upgraded for GT racing.
With two turbocharged 2.2L DOHC engines and twin-turbo 6.4-second sprints under their belts, the Mondeo (the 7.0) has already broken away from the pack in class at some events. It’s hard to believe a 5 horsepower (5.5 PS) engine can be so powerful. The other big news to come out of the announcement from Ford was a few new AWD systems and performance goodies - namely the Ford Transit Connect (a Ford SmartConnect) and the Ford Fiesta ST (newly named the STSport F) are getting the new system by the end of September.
All of those new features are good news for those who love to drive their Ford, especially if they just want to race and spend money on cars with amazing gearboxes and acceleration to go with it.
With the release of the 2.0M Ford Focus RS and ST (yes, it’s an ST), Ford made it quite clear that this isn’t their last batch of new cars until 2019. Which means Ford had to make them right after this new car arrives, so we might see a new Focus RS or ST next year.
For Mustang fans, the 2015 Mustang is finally here and it’s got good numbers. Like in 2015, 2015’s Mustang has a 6.2 Liter V8 that’s rated at 607 horsepower and 526 lb-ft. This is on the lower end of the V8 vs the more powerful and larger engine that powered this car in 2015, the 2016 Mustang GT.
Now, those who want the V8, there are a couple of different options this year to look at: a 4.6 liter version with a mid-mounted V8 and a higher horsepower 5.5 liter version. Both are available for around $28,300. The GT version makes around $44,720.
The Mustang Performance is going to get a full year update, now with more gear ratios and a new version of the manual transmission that I’ll give a shout out to, this is the first Mustang ever to have a 6-speed manual. A new 6.2 liter EcoBoost V8, available on the EcoBoost Ford Mustang and GT EcoBoost Mustang, gets a new gear ratio of 7:1 through all 5 gears to give a best output of 649 horses from the V8 while staying within the EPA’s emissions regulations.
The new 6.2 Liter V8 and the 8.8 liter turbocharged powerplant make up the second line of Mustang in the lineup. The next generation also debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, which means that if you don’t plan on driving an actual GT before, this is a good time to join the long line of Mustang aficionados.
So if you want a Mustang in the $23 to $19K range and you want to build a car that’s fast but fun to drive, if you want the most off-road capability of all the Ford’s performance lineup, if you want all the power, you know what to do.
Ford has put another stop on the V8 wagon wagon craze. Ford has been teasing this in the past by telling us that they would be introducing a V8 powered 3.7 Liter V8 wagon wagon to be debuted in the late 2016. That was when a lot of the folks had been waiting to hear it because Ford seemed to have abandoned the wagon wagon market while designing the more powerful engine. But now that the 2.0L turbocharged and 6.2 liter EcoBoost V8 will be available in 2015 on the EcoBoost Focus RS, Ford appears to have been putting other things first in the 2017 lineup. This is the first Mustang in this price range since the GT made its way over to the 2.0L V8 in 2003 and the next-gen will come in as affordable as a $20K Mondeo with four turbo-charged 2.0 liter EcoBoosts (the GT EcoBoost is a bit more than $25K and the Ford Fiesta ST a bit more than $30K). A $28K GT