The new Ford GT has just been upgraded by the folks from Matech to be a real racer. Dubbed the 2010 Matech GT1, “the car is completely new. Not a single element, be it the engine, the transmission system, the suspension or aerodynamics are the same as those of the Ford GT1 from 2009. The roll-out was very promising, and we are confident with regard the forthcoming season.” Looks sharp, isn’t it?
Around for more than 17 years, Ford Mondeo is the company’s top-rated family car and plans to be for the future, too, as spy photographers have managed to click a few images of the facelifted 2011 Mondeo during its cold weather testing along the European route E45. Inspired by the Kinetic Design Language, the new model will feature a new front bumper, LEDs on the front and the rear, an all-new grille, new side mirrors and LED clusters. Experts also anticipate a different rear bumper and a reworked interior. The images also reveal that the car will feature a TDCi engine which may probably be the 200hp 2.0L Ecoboost mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission or the 2.0-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel. A future model may also include a 4 cylinder 1.6L Ecoboost capable of churning 180hp. [via TMR]
In a recent news announcement coming from Ford, we just heard that the company plans on coming out with 9 new engines and 6 new transmissions for 2010. Ford has shown great interest and is determined to upgrade all their engines, and although largely meant for the North American market, the new technology — to an extent — is borrowed from its European operations. That means that in 2010 we can expect 9 new engines and 6 new transmissions that include the Ti-VCT 305 horsepower, a 3.7 liter V6 for the 2011 Mustang or the V8 5.0 liter with 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque for the 2011 Mustang GT.
At this year’s NAIAS in Detroit, Ford took the wraps off their new 5.0-liter V8-powered 2011 Ford Mustang GT. Known for its muscle, the 412hp output and the 390 ft-lb of torque (increased with 97hp and 65 ft-lb torqu from the 4.6 liter version), helps the Mustang GT go naught to 60mph in just under 4.7 seconds. As a standard the car comes with a six speed automatic gearbox that manages a 17/25mpg rating, but doesn’t forget those willing to shift themselves and have added the option for a six speed manual gearbox.
The new 2011 Ford Mustang GT includes new suspensions, an aerodynamic rear deck lid and an electronic power-assisted steering for a great driving experience. As the car has more power now, everyone assumed that brembo brakes would be included in the standard edition, but surprisingly one has to buy them separately.
No word regarding price for the new 2011 Ford Mustang.
The Fusion Hybrid and the Transit Connect by Ford have been named the North American Car and Truck of the Year respectively at the 2010 Detroit auto show. It has only been three times in the past that a single company has won both awards.
This was pretty much what everyone expected as the Fusion Hybrid got a hands up for its super attractive styling, including its advanced powertrain, and stellar fuel efficiency (it is rated at 41 mpg city / 36 mpg highway). It easily left behind the Buick LaCrosse and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.
To everyone’s surprise the Transit Connect won the North American Truck of the Year. It was quite an upset for many as the Transit Connect faced kinda stiff competition from the likes of Chevrolet Equinox and Subaru Outback, but still it won even though it being a commercial-oriented vehicle.
A panel of 49 automotive journalists selected the winners at the Detroit auto show from a huge list of contenders which included “all-new” and “substantially updated” models.
If music is something you cannot do without while driving and you’re in for a four wheeler sometime soon, you better look for the Blue Oval moniker, as we just heard that Ford will offer a new HD Radio receiver dubbed the crystal-clear radio sound with iTunes tagging capability and the receiver could be factory installed in select models. The users could tag their favorite songs on the display and could later download them once they purchase it through the iTunes store. A maximum of 100 songs can be stored on the SYNC which also allows you to dock your iPod and iPhone to directly download the songs. Ford is keen on offering a wide variety factory-installed customer-focused technology to the customers and the HD radio receiver with iTunes tagging capability is a pleasant addition.[via WCF]
Mustang fanatics predicted it and now Ford has officially confirmed that the 2011 Mustang GT will come with a new 5.0 liter V8 engine. The previous model featured a 4.6L V8 that was doing nothing less than 315hp and 325lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded engine will take the pony count to 412hp at 390lb-ft of torque and it will also improve the car’s fuel efficiency even though there’s a six-speed automatic transmission mated to the engine — 17mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway. The extra mileage is courtesy of a combination of Ti-VCT, EPAS systems and an additional rear decklid seal that specifically improves aerodynamics. As for those who’d like the old six-speed manual, there aren’t any changes for that one.
So you got your hands on a Focus RS but feel like your little beast is capable of more, how about getting some help from the crazy German tuners from Mcchip who have recently taken the RS to the highest levels? The stock version already churns in a good 224kW (305hp) and 440Nm of torque, but the Mcchip Focus RS brings two tuning levels to choose from. First one is a 254kW (345hp) version with 520Nm of torque and a top speed of 271km/h for €799, while Power Stage 2 goes even more extreme 295kW (401hp), maximum torque of 612Nm and a top speed of 278km/h if you can afford some €4,499.