Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nissan Unveils Track Equipped Juke RSnow, The Ultimate Winter Fun Mobile Is Here

With the eastern United States currently in the grips of blizzards and other arctic like weather patterns, Nissan has taken the veil off of a one of a kind Juke RSnow that aims to make good use of the abundant snow to produce new levels of thrills.

While this unique vehicle started out as a run of the mill Juke RS, Nissan engineers have made several modifications to the RSnow to maximize its potential as winter assault Nissan RSnow1vehicle. The exterior styling of the vehicle retains much of its base styling theme but to accommodate the tracks, Nissan engineers had to revamp the front and rear fascias to allow them to accept the transplant without any rubbing or premature wear as a result of the modified platform underneath.

The most obvious change performance wise is the fore-mentioned track system.  Known officially as the Dominator Track System, it is designed by American Track Truck and is roughly similar to the system that not only see’s duty in some variations of snow cat, but also the track equipped Fiesta and Raptor that was created by famous race car driver Ken Nissan RSnow2Block. The system required engineers to reprogram the all-wheel drive system to make it work more effectively with the treads. Nissan claimed that no changes had to be made to the 211 horsepower 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder though the company remained tight lipped on which transmission is powering the tracked RSnow. The treads as well as the associated weight gain that comes with them do limit top speed to 62 mph but considering the type of terrain that this vehicle will traverse its actually not that big of a handicap.

The unveiling of the RSnow could be considered a surprise since it was unveiled with little fanfare on Nissan’s twitter page but exploded across social media with the hashtags #Snowmaggedon2015 and #MyJanuaryIn5Words. For enthusiasts that are wondering whether this unveiling will lead to a production version like the Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6×6 will be disappointed to hear that it is not going to see a formal production run, and the RSnow is a one of a kind creation that will see duty as a support vehicle for an upcoming driving event in Lapland Finland. Nissan has promised to release more details about the RSnow closer to its official debut, but in the meantime the company has released several images and video clips of the RSnow in action.

 

Dodge Mexico Unveils 2015 Attitude Subcompact Sedan, Has Yaris Set In Its Rebadged Crosshairs

Looking to boost its sales appeal in Mexico, Dodge has subtly unveiled the 2015 Attitude subcompact sedan which is an equally discreet reminder of the brand’s former alliance with Mitsubishi that is aimed at giving the brand a slice of the Mexican compact car market.

Essentially a rebadged version of the mediocre Mitsubishi Mirage G4, the Attitude is aimed squarely at the Toyota Yaris but also looks to draw customers away from other rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.  While the front end is a virtual clone of the Mirage’s, the Attitude stands out by offering a hexagonal version of the familiar Dodge crosshair grille which looks 2015-dodge-attitude-6_653slightly out of place against the rest of the Mirage’s styling language. Other exterior styling bits are pure Mirage, and the two are identical right down to the rear bumper. This cookie cutter esque theme is carried over to the interior which is also largely unchanged from the Mirage except for the Dodge logo on the steering wheel. Buyers interested in the Attitude can choose from just two trim levels SE and top tier SXT.

Performance for the Attitude comes from a 1.2 liter three cylinder engine which is good for 79 horsepower and an equally modest 78 lb-ft of torque. A five speed manual gearbox is standard equipment but buyers can choose to add an optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to both trims at an extra cost. Like the Mirage it is based on, Dodge’s version returns exceptional fuel economy with the car achieving 47 mpg city and over 63 mpg on the freeway when it is equipped to its most efficient configuration.

The 2015 Dodge Attitude is currently on sale across Mexico with a base MSRP of 158,000 pesos which converts to roughly $10,500 when compared with the U.S. dollar. Dodge currently has no plans to sell the Attitude in the U.S. due to it not being in compliance with U.S. safety regulations as well as the potential sales conflict that it would generate with the base versions of the Dodge Dart if it were offered for sale in the U.S.

GMC Considering Wrangler Competitor, Brings Back Memories of Hx Concept

A new report uncovered by the folks at the Wall Street Journal seems to suggest that GMC is considering the development of a highly capable SUV that is aimed at the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

Several sources that have close ties with the automaker revealed to the publication that GMC executives are meeting with dealerships nationwide to get their opinions on such a model, and whether it could be a solid business case for the company moving forward. While the project is still in the embryonic stages of development with no prototypes developed as of yet, the upcoming SUV is expected to gain a muscular look that will draw inspiration from the now deceased Hummer brand. It is currently unknown what platform will underpin the new model, but with the Wrangler likely retaining its body on frame construction, expect the GMC to follow suit for the sake of capability and durability.

The idea of taking on the Jeep Wrangler and its formidable sales and fan base is nothing new for General Motors. The idea first surfaced back in 2008 when Hummer introduced the Hx Concpet at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. It showcased what a Wrangler rival would’ve looked like, and featured a futuristic take on Hummer styling. The concept was well received by the press, but the Hx’s trek to production was cut short by the demise of the Hummer brand shortly after. The GMC version of the concept could very well pick up where the Hx left off, while also giving the brand a much more off road focused entry versus the off road esque Z71 package found on the Sierra pickup truck.

As stated before the project is still currently up in the air with GMC not releasing any official statement on whether it is even building the new model or not. If the brand does indeed produce it, look for the Wrangler fighter to arrive in GMC showrooms sometime in 2019 with more information possibly emerging a few years prior to that date.

Buick To Bring Adam Hatchback To U.S. Market?

In an official statement, Buick has revealed that it plans to add the Adam hatchback to its lineup in the United States. When it was first introduced in Europe in 2013, the Adam was designed as a rival to the Fiat 500 and the MINI Cooper with the U.S. bound Buick version expected to do the same.

Duncan Aldred U.S. Vice President of Buick and GMC confirmed that the brand is adding the Adam to its lineup claiming”I’ve looked at the possibility of fast tracking [The Adam] into the Buick range sooner than later. I think it would make a great Buick.” Aldred’s support for the Adam’s cause is not the first time that the tiny hatchback has received managerial support. Former GM CEO Dan Akerson would often voice his desire to see the Adam on sale here in the U.S. but conceded that it couldn’t happen at the time because federalizing the tiny hatchback was a difficult and costly endeavor due to the Adam being originally designed to comply with European regulations. The recently unveiled Cascada convertible also faced the same problem initially but unlike the Adam, the Cascada’s higher price would allow Buick to recoup the initial costs in converting it much more easily versus the Adam which competes in a segment that is highly sensitive sales wise to fluctuating gas prices.

Regardless of these obstacles though, the Adam could have its chance to join the Buick lineup when its given a mid cycle update in Europe which means it could possibly arrive here in the United States as a Buick offering sometime in 2017. The hardtop and cabriolet versions would most likely make the trip across the pond but don’t expect the crossover esque Adam Rocks model to follow suit. The Adam Rocks would possibly cannibalize sales from the already tiny Buick Encore, and with that model being a smash hit for Buick, the brand cannot afford to take the wind out of the Encore’s sales with an even smaller  model.

Buick has also not revealed what power-plants would power its version of the Adam. In Europe the Adam is offered with several three and four cylinder engines that offer output ranging from 70 to 150 horsepower. While the idea of a three cylinder Buick is a bit appealing, expect the four cylinder to make the cut initially due to its higher horsepower ratings. The Adam also features a front wheel drive layout and an available manual gearbox but expect the majority of Buick buyers to prefer the optional automatic transmission over the manual due to its smoother operation and higher fuel economy.

Look for more details about the U.S. version of the Adam to emerge over the next several months if Buick decides to make the effort to federalize it. However, if the current generation Adam does not get the green light for official U.S. sales, the brand will ultimately get a version of the next generation Adam since it was designed from the start to abide to U.S. regulations. If that is the case then expect the car to be introduced as early as 2018.

Honda Exec Blasts Long Term Auto Loans, Calls Them “Stupid”

With the recent advent of long term auto loans, they have played a key role in helping the industry return to levels that have been unseen since the dawn of the 2008 financial crisis.  However in a statement released earlier this week, a top Honda official warned that the practice (which places buyers in payment plans that can last up to 84 months) could ultimately come back to hurt the industry in the near future.

Back in 2010, these types of loans only accounted for 10 percent of new car sales and targeted mainly lower income buyers that wanted to get into a vehicle at a relatively safe payment price. In 2014 the share of these loans drastically rose and accounted for roughly 25 percent of overall new car sales as more people sought to reduce their monthly payments. While the longer loans have certainly played a role in strengthening new car sales, the long term future of this progress could be threatened as more buyers default on their vehicle loans.

John Mendel  Honda’s U.S. Sales Chief revealed in a statement to Bloomberg at the North American International Auto Show “You’re ringing the bell on a new-car sale, but that customer is saddled — they’re stretched so thin.” He elaborated further stating extended-term loans “are stupid not just for us, but the entire industry.” Buyers use the long term buying plans as a temporary solution to offset  increasing vehicle prices. However the length of the plans could conspire to keep these very customers out of the market much longer. In addition it takes just as long to break even on a 84 month payment plan when compared to a 60 month deal. As a result, most buyers will have leftover negative equity when they are ready to make the switch to a newer model which could deep six any future deal and spell bad news for a dealerships financial operations.

Melinda Zabritski senior director of finance for the insurance company Experian offered her thoughts on the subject stating “It can have some negative impact on the market in creating a vicious cycle of negative equity if the consumer doesn’t hold onto their vehicle long enough.” “Something has to be done to keep the market affordable, or consumer buying is going to have to change and we’ll have to return to less frequent purchases.”

Mendel appears to be sticking to his guns when it comes to its sales loan options revealing that despite the prevalence of 60 and 84 month payment plans, Honda will still only offer customers the option of either a traditional 6-month loan, or a slightly longer 48 month loan. ‘They’re in equity, don’t put anymore money down, they get another car –we call it keys-to-keys.” “That’s the kind of experience that really ingrains loyalty”.

NAIAS 2015: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Issues Bold Challenge To German Rivals, Wields 640 Horsepower

The BMW M5 and the Mercedes Benz E63 AMG have always dominated the performance luxury sedan segment, however it appears that their collective dominance is on the line thanks to the bold challenge issued by Cadillac and its recently unveiled 2016 Cadillac CTS-V which aims to crush its fore-mentioned opponents with raw horsepower and new found levels of refinement.

The exterior styling of the CTS-V stands out from its mainstream siblings thanks to a noticeably more aggressive front fascia which features large mesh inserts in the grille, a larger front air dam with incorporated splitter, and a bold powerdome hood that is made out of weight saving carboIMG_9220n fiber. 19-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels continue the sporty theme, and also give the CTS-V a balanced look at the same time. Meanwhile, the rear fascia features a bigger rear spoiler, and four round exhaust tips which are discreetly intergrated into an air diffuser. This meaner suit of clothes is certainly better looking than the BMW M5, and is on par with the E63 AMG in raw emotion which should please consumers that crave a distinct yet 100% American look to their performance purchase.

The interior has also been extensively upgraded and features 20 way power adjustable seats that offer oodles of support and should do a good job keeping IMG_9217occupants firmly in place during spirited driving. Splashes of carbon fiber build on the performance theme even further, while a wireless phone charger and Cadillac’s CUE system spice up the electronic wizardry category. Buyers craving even more support can opt for optional Recaro front bucket seats, and the same Corvette derived Performance Data Recorder software that first made its debut in the smaller ATS-V sedan/coupe.

Performance however is the main focal point in this car, and the 2016 CTS-V delivers on that front outgunning both the BMW and the Benz with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 borrowed from the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 which is good for a whopping 640 horsepower, and an equally stout 630 lb-ft of torque. The engines logic blowing performance figures makes this car the most powerful production car ever produced in the brand’s 112 year history a title was last held by the last generation CTS-V. All of this muscle is channeled to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission that features steering wheel mounted shift paddles to enhace driver involvement. While some folks may lament the demise of a manual shift it yourself option that defined the previous generation CTS-V, the eight speed makes up for it by allowing the car to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in a speedy 3.7 seconds.

After it greets the crowds at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V will make its way to dealer lots late next summer. Cadillac did not release IMG_9226pricing information during today’s conference, but look for that information as well as final fuel economy figures to be revealed closer to the car’s official launch. This car strongly reflects Cadillac’s commitment to reinventing itself as a brand that thrives on winning and success. If the CTS-V lives up to the hype and achieves just that, the Germans should be very concerned about the long term future of their stranglehold of the luxury performance sedan segment.

 

 

Ram Reveals Ram Rebel Off Roader, Raptor Fighting Rebel Features Class Exclusive Air Suspension, Unique Styling Cues

Following the surprise unveiling of the 2017 Raptor yesterday, Ram has fired a salvo in response unveiling the 2016 Ram Rebel to a packed house at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The Rebel is built off of a Ram 1500 crew cab and as a result is only available in that configuration along with its five-foot seven inch bed. The front fascia of the Rebel ditches the traditional crosshair grille that is commonly found on other Ram models, and instead comes equipped with a single slat version that features an over-sized RAM logo on the front (a cue borrowed from the Raptor and its equally massive Ford Logo.) The Rebel also IMG_9173features a newly revamped blacked out front bumper that incorporates a powder coated skid plate, new LED fog lamps, and new tow hooks. Black bezeled projector beam headlamps are also part of the package and feature LED marker lights. Meanwhile an aggressively sculpted aluminium hood shaves weight while also adding a dollup of aggression to the Rebel’s distinctive lines. The rear of the Rebel features a model exclusive tail gate (complete with obnoxiously sized RAM logo) blacked out tail lamps, and a blacked out rear bumper that is nestled over a class exclusive dual exhaust system.

The interior of the Rebel also has been heavily revamped for off road duty and features model exclusive seats that are not only covered in high durability grade vinyl, but also IMG_9185come embossed with the tread pattern that also is present on the massive 33-inch Toyo all-terrain tires. During my brief time inside the Rebel, the seats did feel very comfortable and had an acceptable amount of support though the trucks substantial suspension lift did make entry and exit somewhat difficult. The black instrument panel is nicely contrasted by red and gray stitching while the center console has an appearance that resembles cast iron which is thanks to a special Iron Gray Metallic finish for the plastic.

Our lone gripe centers around the performance hardware for the Rebel. While the base 305 horsepower Pentastar V6 engine is an understandable addition that helps increase fuel economy as well as accessibility of the model, our crosshairs are centered around the optional 395 horsepower 5.7 liter V8. While this motor is very good at what it does, The Rebel was designed to be an alternative to the desert friendly Raptor, and as such it would have been neat to see the 5.7 nixed in lieu of the more potent 6.4 liter V8 that currently sees duty in its HD siblings. This engine would not only have helped the Rebel be closer to the Raptor in terms of muscle, but also allow the truck to better embody its rebellious theme. Musings about the engine selection aside, both the V6 and the V8 are hooked up to the familiar eight speed automatic transmission with buyers having the option of choosing either two or four wheel drive for their Rebel purchase.

Handling for the Rebel was also tweaked for off road duty, and in addition to the fore-mentioned Toyo Tires providing grip in the roughest of driving conditions, the Rebel also IMG_9178comes equipped with an air suspension system (something the Raptor does not have) which allows it to achieve a class exclusive 10.3 inches in overall ground clearance. This is very useful in navigating deep rivers as well as rough trails that have varying degrees of quality.

Look for the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel to arrive on dealer lots later this year. While it is unclear how much of a premium the Rebel will charge versus a standard Ram 1500, look for that bit of information as well other details to emerge closer to the Rebel’s official launch. In the meantime you can check out more pictures of the Rebel in the gallery below.

 

Acura Reveals 2016 Acura NSX, Brings Over 550 Horsepower To Supercar Party

Prior to its unveiling late yesterday, Acura had teased the world with a pair of concepts as well as a several year wait for the return of its iconic supercar. The Japanese luxury brand decided to end the teasing, and formally unveiled the eagerly anticipated 2016 Acura NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The production version is a near duplicate of the highly acclaimed concept car, and retains many of the bold and aggressive styling cues that helped it strike a positive chord with IMG_9211automotive enthusiasts a few years back. This is evident in the front fascia where it is a balanced mix of futuristic style as well as bold aggression. The fastback silhouette that leads seductively into the tapered rear end  is also a near match for the concept car and balances out the profile quite nicely.

Acura executives billed the 2016 NSX as a “human-centered super car” and on that front the interior of the NSX features a fully digital configurable instrument cluster as well as a center console that is a function over form affair (something that many supercar makers get backwards when building their models). The radically reduced button count that comes as a result of the sensible design allows the driver to focus on the task at hand, be it navigating the twists and turns of a local driving road, or sticking the apex at a local track day. It is also a subtle homage to the original NSX which also boasted an ergonomically friendly interior design during its time in production.

Performance for the 2016 Acura NSX is derived from a mid mounted Vtec V6 engine which is paired with three electric motors with one positioned between the engine and the nine speed dual clutch transmission, and two at the front wheels. The fore-mentioned electric motors power the front wheels while the V6 and the lone remaining electric motor provide motivation to the rear wheels.  A modified version of Acura’s familiar Sport-Hybrid Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system also arrives as standard equipment, and allows the NSX to deliver near instantaneous levels of performance while also scaling back on the festivities if the driving situation requires swift handling maneuvers.

The NSX also benefits from lightweight materials such as a specially designed carbon fiber floor, as well as body panels that are made out of a lightweight combination of aluminium and sheet molding composite (SMC) which both work together to help offset some of the weight gain that occurred when the hybrid drive system was added toIMG_9213 the car. The NSX also comes equipped with a dial operated Integrated Dynamic System which comes equipped with Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track modes. As you can guess Quiet mode allows the driver to run the NSX on electric power alone for short distances, with the fun factor gradually increasing until Track mode is selected where the NSX and its full range of abilities can come out and shine. The NSX also features a revamped launch mode that claims to provide “zero delay” launching behavior thanks to the three electric motors working together with the V6.

“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

Executive Vice President of the Acura Buisness Office Erik Berkman highlighted the NSX’s key role in reshaping the future of Acura as a whole stating “The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,”

With its original design being a product of U.S. designers, it should come as no surprise that the NSX will also be assembled in the U.S. as well with the model spearheading production at Acura’s new Performance Manufacturing center in Marysville Ohio. The company will begin taking the initial orders for the NSX late next summer with the first round of deliveries expected to take place later in the year. Pricing details have not been announced, but expect the NSX to wield a base MSRP of at least $150,000.

 

General Motors Unveils 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Previews Future i3 Competitor With Bolt EV Concept.

Following its brief appearance at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Chevrolet formally took the veil off of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt ,as well as unleashing a surprise in the form of the Bolt EV Concept.

2016 Chevrolet Volt: The exterior styling of the Volt ditches the previous generation’s Prius inspired lines in lieu of a more streamlined look that was crafted as a result of countless hours of wind tunnel testing. The front fascia is more of an evolutionary than revolutionary affair, and features a two piece radiator grille and slightly elongated 2016 Chevrolet Voltheadlights. However, once you go past the B Pillar the styling takes a radical turn towards the revolutionary category thanks to its fastback silhouette, better looking tail lamps, as well as a sculpted trunk lid. The Volt’s basic hatchback layout does remain intact which should please buyers looking for a practical companion that can swallow a copious amount of cargo.

The interior now offers seating for five passengers (up one from before) however with the back seat still somewhat tight, it is best to use that space for small children, adults, or rowdy in laws. The instrument cluster has also received a makeover and has been replaced with an eight inch color screen that can be customized to provide information such as battery life, and other vital information. A second eight inch color2016 Chevrolet Volt screen located on the center stack is in charge of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system and also displays any image picked up by the rear view backup camera. Overall the interior appears to be much more refined than before and now boasts fewer buttons which should please critics that complained about the ergonomics issues that plagued the previous generation Volt.

Look for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt to go on sale during the second quarter of 2015. General Motors has not revealed whether its Opel European division will get a version for their own lineup. Expect GM to put a considerable amount of thought into that particular decision especially since the first generation Ampera floundered in low sales figures during its time in production.

Bolt EV Concept: Unlike Ford (which managed to keep the Ford GT’s appearance a surprise.) The Bolt EV Concept was perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the 2015 North IMG_8974American International Auto Show especially since we (along with countless others) managed to catch a glimpse of it earlier in the morning during preparations for Chevrolet’s press conference. Lack of good timing aside, the Bolt EV does preview what a potential i3 or Tesla rival would look like if it were to enter production right now.

The exterior styling of the Bolt is typical of a small economy minded crossover and was designed to achieve a minimum footprint while retaining maximum practicality. While the front fascia does look a bit odd, it does give the Bolt a futuristic look which is accented IMG_9036further by its Volt inspired tail lamps. The airy interior was designed to maximize available interior room while using weight saving techniques to help keep unnecessary pounds off the concept which improves range.

“We have made tremendous strides in technologies that make it easier and more affordable for Chevrolet customers to integrate an all-electric vehicle in their daily lives,” said Barra. “The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology.”

Barra also hinted that the company was serious about bringing a vehicle like the Bolt into formal production revealing “Form and function have never meshed so well together,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. “No compromises were made when it came to aesthetics and the elements that contribute to the Bolt EV concept’s range, resulting in a unique proportion that’s sleek, efficient and obviously a Chevrolet.”

Stay tuned in the coming months to see what direction GM goes with the Bolt. If it makes it to production, it could be a formidable contender to the similarly sized BMW i3 electric car thanks to a lower base price versus that of the pricier BMW. In the meantime you can check out the gallery below which features both vehicles.

 

Ford Unveils All New GT Supercar, Brings EcoBoost Power and Futuristic Styling To Supercar Ranks

Amid rumors of its appearance at NAIAS as well as recent evidence that appeared thanks to the U.S. trademark office. Ford decided to end the rampant speculation by taking the shroud of mystery off of the 2017 Ford GT super car. The unveiling of the GT was part of a three model unveiling blitz that was undertaken by Ford earlier today, and it joined the recently unveiled 2017 Ford SVT Raptor and the 2016 Shelby GT350 R Mustang on the stage at Joe Louis Arena stealing the show and wowing all in attendance.

Designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 hrs of LeMans, the 2017 iteration features a sleek futuristic low slung design that is actually a combination of design elements from the original GT40 racecar as well as the 21st century GT which was on sale during 2005 and 2006. The front fascia of the GT embodies the car’s Ferrari slaying intent, and features a carbon fiber front splitter, a large air duct IMG_9046with built in mesh insert, and two hood mounted vents that are flanked on both sides by full LED headlamps. Additional duct work in the rear of the car helps keep the engine cool during spirited driving. The purposeful rear fascia looks just as menacing and benefits from an active rear spoiler, large air diffuser, and two massive centrally mounted exhaust tips that cement its performance intentions even further. In addition, Ford designers wanted to create a link to the past that was visually distinctive, and they achieved that goal by adding round tail lamps to the GT which look slick and also pay tribute to prior GTs especially the previous generation model. Overall the styling package achieves a rare feat of balance and pure visual beauty, and makes the GT perhaps one of the most aggressive looking Ford products that the company has ever produced.

The attractive and aerodynamically friendly suit of clothes hides a state of the art passenger cell which is crafted out of carbon fiber as well as a pair of aluminium sub frames. The cabin is accessed via scissor style doors, and embodies an F1 inspired theme which is evident thanks to its two spoke flat bottomed steering wheel as well as a fully digital instrument cluster. thick steering wheel mounted shift paddles, and Ford’s All-NewFordGT_09_HRbrand new Sync 3 infotainment system. The supportive bucket seats are integrated directly into the passenger cell, and while that means they cannot be adjusted to suit drivers tastes. The GT takes a page out of the LaFerrari’s playbook and features adjustments for the steering wheel and pedals, This is a neat trick that helped Ford engineers retain the intimate feel of the GT’s cabin while still allowing the car to appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Unlike the ultra rare and currently sold out LaFerrari, the 2017 Ford GT does make slightly less muscle. However, it makes up for that slight omission by still offering over 600 horsepower thanks to a mid mounted 3.5 liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 that features port/direct fuel injection. While some may lament the demise of an era when V8s traditionally powered the model, Ford is confident that the V6 will still be ablIMG_9040e to compete against rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini which still retain V12 power plants in their offerings.  All of this turbocharged muscle is sent to the rear wheels through a seven speed dual-clutch transmission and while Ford did not release formal performance figures for the GT. The company did reveal that the car will feature massive ceramic brakes behind its massive 20-inch wheels. The Ceramics offer longer life and better stopping power versus conventional units, and help bring the GT to a smooth controlled stop for a variety of vehicle speeds.

Look for the 2017 Ford GT to begin arriving in Ford showrooms late next year. This would allow the car to arrive just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of the company’s inaugural win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition, the GT is also part of a broader plan initiated by Ford that will see the debut of 12 different performance oriented models by 2020. We look forward to seeing all 12 and perhaps driving a few in the near future stay tuned.