The 2015 North American International Auto Show has come to an end, leaving us with a delicious selection of new models to dream about. No matter what your taste, there’s something for everyone.
Ford’s introductions alone range from the super sleek and sporty new Ford GT and GT350 Mustang to the hard working and practical new F-150 Raptor. It’s too hard to pick a favorite, so let’s take a look at all three.
The all-new Ford GT supercar is guaranteed to come with a price tag as high as its curves are stylish, but it’s sure nice to look at even if it won’t necessarily end up in your garage.
The new Ford GT is scheduled to begin production next year, hitting the road in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans where classic Ford GT race cars took first, second and third place. This new Ford GT is also guaranteed to be a winner with a super light-weight carbon fiber and aluminum body.
Under the hood is Ford’s most powerful production EcoBoost to date. Ford says this next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is capable of over 600 horsepower. Now wouldn’t you like to take that for a test drive?
Not quite as powerful, but just as pretty is the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang.
This new Mustang will be coming with a far more affordable price than the Ford GT and is still no slouch on the racetrack. The GT350’s 5.2 liter V8 engine can kick out more than 500 horsepower, making it Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine.
This will be Ford’s first production V8 featuring a flat-plane crankshaft, which is usually reserved for racing and high-end sports cars. The high-revving flat-plane crankshaft, along with the new cylinder-head and valvetrain designs, gives this V8 gear shifting flexibility to match its increased performance. Not to mention, giving it that throaty purr no Mustang should be without.
If a hardworking Ford is more your style, there’s the tough, off-roading F-150 Raptor.
It may be shown all shiny here, but this is a truck that’s not afraid to get dirty and is still built for performance. Ford’s new Raptor has a frame constructed of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, which saves over 500 pounds of weight while including more steel than the previous Raptor.
The new Raptor is also six inches wider than the standard F-150 for increased off-road stability on its 17″ all-terrain tires that are just begging to kick up some dirt. This is the first dual exhaust Raptor, which features a high-output 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine with a new 10-speed transmission, making it more fuel efficient while still rating at 411 horespower and 434 pound-feet of torque.
The F-150 Raptor was designed with off-road in mind, but comes with six preset modes to optimize it for any driving conditions from your daily commute to rocky backwoods trails.
You couldn’t possibly go wrong with any of these models, but you know I have to ask – which is your new Ford favorite?