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3 Things to Know About the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been spotted making its rounds in a testing facility. The car is expected to be the most powerful Mustang in Ford’s lineup.

In our previous article, we have featured the five most powerful American cars wherein the 2014 model of the Shelby GT500 landed in the number four spot, thanks to its 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine with 662 hp. The 2018 model will likely surpass that based on sources.

Check out the 3 things we learned about the upcoming car based on several reliable sources:

1. Engine

The new Shelby GT500 might benefit from the 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 engine carried by the GT350. However, the GT500’s engine will possibly be a supercharged version of the unit with a 90-degree crankshaft compared to the GT350’s 180-degree piece. Other reports also speculate that it will get a twin turbo version. Look forward to its output being at least 700 hp.

The power of the car will most probably be distributed via a six-speed transmission for its standard model. A 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox co-developed by Ford and General Motors for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 might be optional.

2. Design

The 2018 Shelby GT500 is predicted to adopt the updated styling of Mustang Shelby models except the GT350. Since the GT500 sits above its siblings, it will definitely feature a more aggressive look with huge air intakes, wider fenders, sportier diffuser, angrier front bumpers and bigger tires.

3. Pricing

We might see the new Shelby GT500 before the current year ends. It will likely have a starting price tag somewhere around the $65,000 mark.

The auto will come as Ford’s response to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, BMW M4, Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Spy Shots

Check out the spy shots of the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Car and Driver in the gallery below:

5 Most Powerful American Cars and SUVs Today

Earlier, we have discussed how automotive experts wanted the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon banned from the roads. They are worried that its ridiculously high output might trigger reckless drivers. That is subject for debate though.

For now, let us take a look at where the Dodge Demon falls under the 5 most powerful American cars and sport utility vehicles today based on an article from Fox News Auto.

1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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Unsurprisingly, the Demon falls into first place, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 808 hp. As if that’s not yet high enough, the source said that pumping the vehicle with 100 octane race gas can raise its output to 840 hp.

2. Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Hellcats each carry a 6.2-liter V8 unit. The engine packs 707 hp. The Challenger model is capable of getting a top speed of 199 mph while the more aerodynamically-built Charger can take up to 204 mph.

3. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered as the most powerful in the SUV segment. The auto shares the same engine as the Hellcat, which is good for 707 hp. The vehicle only falls a bit short in the torque department compared to the Hellcat. The Trackhawk has 645 lb-ft of torque while the Hellcat has 650 lb-ft. The SUV also boasts an all-wheel drive system.

4. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine. The output of the unit is 662 hp and it can reach up to 202 mph.

5. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z06/Camaron ZL1

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Tying in the fifth place of this list are the Chevrolet Camaro Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Each car is equipped with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp. The ZL1 has faster shift times than the Z06 though as it has a 10-speed automatic gearbox compared to its sibling’s eight-speed unit.

4 Easy Steps to Win a Ford Mondeo Hybrid in Geneva

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A Ford Mondeo Hybrid will be given away at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In just four quick steps, one could become lucky enough to drive home the car.

According to the official website of the Geneva International Motor Show, SwissEnergy will once again be a presenting partner in the event. The group will feature its c02auplancher there.

co2auplancher is supported by movi-mento.ch. It is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of using energy-efficient vehicles with at least an “A” rating. It also promotes vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions not going more than 95 g/km.

How to Win the Contest

Here are the 4 easy steps needed to win a Ford Mondeo Hybrid during the Geneva auto show:

Step 1: Download the App

The first step is to download the Salon Car Collector app with your smartphone. The app works with iOS and Android devices. It can be found on the App Store and Google Play.

Step 2: Attend the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Attend the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The show runs from March 9 to 19, 2017. At the venue, make sure that the Bluetooth of your smartphone has been activated.

Step 3: Look For Energy-Efficient Vehicles

Watch out for fuel-efficient vehicles with low CO2-emission ratings. It does not matter if the auto runs on petrol, fossil fuel or electricity as long as it falls on the abovementioned category. Get close to each car and scan it with your phone.

To help you quickly identify the fuel-efficient and low emission vehicles, you can use the information provided by the official website of co2auplancher.

Step 4: Collect Cars and Fill Your Passport

Using your smartphone, find as many cars as you can that fall into the category. The more you can identify, the more chances you have of winning the contest and taking home the coveted Ford Mondeo Hybrid.

66 Photos of the 2017 Ford GT

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Do you remember that two years ago Ford announced a 2017 Ford GT, which the company touted to have “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”? It took eons for Ford to finally complete this one, but they’ve really been busy with races at Le Mans, and in China and japan.

Thankfully, Raj Nair, Ford’s top tech officer, took time to focus on the GT before the Daytona 24-hour endurance race takes much of his attention.

Powertrain

For two years, we have waited for how powerful the GT is going to be, and here is it, finally: it will be fitted with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that can produce an astounding 647 horsepower at 6250 rpm and a maximum of 550 lb-ft of torque at 5900 rpm with 495 lb-ft available at 3500 rpm.

The use of a V-6 engine disappoints some sectors since everyone was expecting a V-8 after two years of preparation and waiting. However, this specific engine tops that of the Porsche 911 Turbo’s twin-turbo flat-six. The GT’s V-6 has a specific output of 185 horsepower per liter of gas.

Fuel economy

Ford has been boasting of the GT’s anti-lag strategy, and that’s really fine because we’re sure racers would love to be behind a car that keeps the turbines spinning during shifts and lift-throttle moments when accelerating after a turn.

There is a downside to this, though. The EPA mileage ratings are horrible, even worse than the V-10 Dodge Viper. It has a rating of 11 mpg city, 18 highway and 14 combined, though we doubt this can stop fans from shelling out for the GT.

Power-Weight Equation

The most important feature is Nair’s reported dry figure of 3054 pounds, falling between its primary competitors in the McLaren 675LT and the Ferrari 488GTB. With 200 pounds for fluid, that means the GT weighs an estimated 3250 pounds, falling far below the Corvette Grand Sport.

This allows the GT to have a top speed of 216 mph, which should be enough to have it battle with Europe’s hottest cars, except for Bugatti’s Chiron, the Koenigsegg Agera, the Lamborghini Aventador SV, and Pagani’s Huayra.

Photos

Here are photos of the new 2017 Ford GT:

4 Important Stuff About The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

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Shortly after Ford made changes on its Mustang Coupe and introduced it to the public, they are now giving the same significant changes to its Mustang Convertible. However, there’ll be a long wait before you’re able to get your hands on this toy.

The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible will be available starting this fall according to a report.

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Powertrain

The biggest change for the 2018 Mustang Convertible happens under the hood, with a 10-speed automatic instead of the usual six-speed transmission. Also getting upgrades are the two Mustang Convertible options: the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and the 5.0-liter V-8 engines.

We still don’t know what changes will come for the 2.3-liter though we are quite sure that the 5.0-liter will add direct injection for a boost in power.

Suspension

Aside from the changes on the powertrains, the new Convertible will also have the MagneRide suspension and active valve exhaust will be an option. With the use of magnetorheological shocks, the metal-infused fluid in the suspension makes the shocks firmer when giving an electric charge.

This suspension system is included in the Performance package for the coupe, so we’re assuming \it will be the same here.

Interior

Same with the Coupe, the Convertible will get a 12-inch customizable digital instrument cluster, which has a MyMode memory function that can remember your driving preferences. For the safety features, there’s the forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and emergency braking.

Exterior

The Convertible follows the Coupe’s change in designs with the new front end and rear end. The Convertible, in particular will have resculpted headlights, a lower fascia that flares out, and a more complex outer air intakes.

Ford will offer the car in three new color options. There will also be a choice of 12 different wheel designs, so owners can customize each Mustang Convertible through their color and wheel options.

3 Things Worth Pointing Out About The Avatar Roadster

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Avatar is a British sports car startup that has just introduced its very first production car—the Avatar Roadster. The sports car packs a Ford EcoBoost engine and its spaceframe chassis. Not bad for a first car, though it’s a little steep on the prices.

According to a report, this particular model will make its live appearance at the 2017 Performance Car Show in Birmingham, UK. It’s interesting how the production came about when Avatar just introduced its prototype last year. That was some pretty fast engineering.

1. Ford EcoBoost Engine Is The Base Model

Possibly the base model, the initial stage of the Avatar Roadster packs the 2.0 turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine that packs 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts), which we now see is similar to the Ford ST credits. It has a dry weight of just 695 kilograms (1,532 pounds), allowing the Roadster to go 0-60mph in four seconds. The maximum speed is 145mph.

2. Focus RS Has More Power

If you are looking for a stronger engine, you may want to look at the Focus RS-based model that has a 2.30liter turbocharged that can go 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds. This is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed paddle-shift sequential racing gearbox.

3. Interior Is Packed To The Brim

The lightweightedness of the vehicle makes us think that it will simply pack the standard interior features, but we are wrong. The Avatar Roadster has a techy and modern interior that is also comfortable, thanks to the full-leather interior, heater, and air conditioning.

As for the tech stuff, it comes with the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto in standard trim. If you want the roof, you will have to pay extra for that. Avatar also boasts of a full suite of “pure track experience.” The package includes fire extinguisher, data logger, and GoPro HD camera compatibility.

The Avatar Roadster will be sold for £39,990 ($48,603).

3 Things To Know About The Mid-Cycle Refresh For The 2018 Ford F-150

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The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, which means we’ll get to see a slew of new cars and updates on our favorite trucks and sedans. The Ford F-150 is expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. We don’t have much information about it, but the upcoming auto show seems to be the perfect place for a launch.

Front Exterior

Recent spy shots of the Ford F-150 showed a new two-bar grille that remind us of the grille on the 2017 F-Series Super Duty. Don’t get us wrong, you will not be confused between these two. In fact, they are similar but barely interchangeable. What is clear is that the one on the Super Duty is more square-ish than what were snapped on the new F-150. They are also more evenly spaced, but the resemblance is still there.

The headlights have the same general bracket shape, though these have been redesigned to conform with the two grille bars.

Back Exterior

The changes on the 2018 F-150 are less obvious at the back. Compared to the current F-150, the tailgate looks smoother on this one. If you have the current production F-150, you can check out the creases there. Those are gone on this redesigned model. The handles have also been redesigned completely. The spy shots did not show the bumper and the taillights because they are covered.

From our experience, that means that there are changes on these parts. After all, Ford wouldn’t take the time to cover these up if they are just going to retain their designs from the current F-150.

Hybrid Version

There are reports that a hybrid version is available for this light pickup come 2018. There are definitely plans to do that, but whether or not they are already working on it remains to be seen. There are also rumors that the truck will have a diesel engine option.

3 Features Of The 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum

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This top-of-the-line Ford Explorer Platinum gets a hefty price tag of $54,180. The exterior details are almost similar to the lesser Explorers, but the interiors certainly separated itself, thanks to the 10-inch digital gauge cluster, quilted leather seats, leather-wrapped dashboard, and real wood and aluminum accents found on the dashboard, doors, and steering wheel.

Here are the top 3 features of the SUV according to a source:

1. Stronger And Faster

Standing at 4,980 pounds, the Platinum sets itself to be the heftiest out of all the current Explorers. But, this didn’t stop Ford from engineering the vehicle to be its quickest, too. That’s largely because of the Platinum’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that it shares with the Explorer Sport.

This engine can deliver 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a pair of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Standard is all-wheel drive. It also comes with 20-inch wheels in all-season Hankook tires.

2. Premium Cabin

Once inside, you’ll feel the premiere and luxurious materials being offered by the Platinum. The central touchscreen is more responsive—there’s no need for a second or third tap to confirm a request. It has standard features such as an adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, an automatic parking system, dual-panel sunroof, a blind-sport warning system, and a front-mounted camera.

The three rows have more legroom, although they feel slightly more cramped than the Dodge Durango. It, however, boasts of the four cubic feet of cargo space behind the rearmost row.

3. Cheaper Than The Competition

The price tag may be hefty for a midsize crossover SUV, but it’s certainly more affordable than the Acura MDX and the Infiniti QX60, both of which come with the same equipment levels. The only thing that the Acura and the Infiniti hold above the Platinum is its more luxurious branding. In terms of power, both vehicles don’t offer the V-6 in the Explorer Platinum.

3 Key Elements Of Ford’s Return To Park Feature On The 2017 Ford Fusion

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Ford engineered a new feature that will assist drivers and reduce the possibility for vehicle rollaways. Through this feature, a new rotary gear shift dial in the Fusion will engage a special software that can detect when the customer intends to exit the vehicle.

Called the “Return To Park,” this feature will keep the drivers’ peace of mind that their Fusions will park as intended, especially when they forget to put the gear to “P.”

1. Return To Park Uses Vehicle’s Sensors

To detect a driver’s intention to park when he/she forgets to put the gear to “P,” the fusion’s Return To Park feature will use the vehicle’s network of sensors to identify certain movements from the driver. These movements will be preprogrammed to the software that is connected to the gear shift.

This was accidentally discovered when Ford engineers were designing the new 2017 Fusion rotary gear shift dials. They realized that through the dials and by designing a special software, they can address the issue of rollaways that will reduce the potentials of accidents under certain conditions.

2. Return To Park Work Under Different Conditions

Designed to put your car into “park,” this software uses a network of sensors that will keep your car safe from rollaways under these conditions: when you turn the vehicle off, when you open the door and your seatbelt is unlatched and the vehicle is stationary, and when the seatbelt is unlatched while the driver’s door is open and the vehicle is on stop.

3. Return To Park Will Not Disrupt Normal, Day-To-Day Operations

There is no way the Return To Park feature can disrupt your normal everyday driving behavior. It is designed not to operate when it detects that the driver, with his seatbelt on, opened the door while the vehicle is moving. This usually happens to free a stuck coat tail or if the driver is inching into a parking space and wants to see the lane marks.

The Return To Park feature will be available on all 2017 Ford Fusion vehicles.

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4 Special Things To Note About The 2017 Ford Mustang Blue Edition

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In an aim to better target the European market, Ford developed a special edition of its Ford Mustang that will suit Europe’s roads and emission requirements. The Blue Edition, in a sense, pays tribute to the eye-popping colors Ford offered in the late 60s to the early 70s.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford Europe, said Mustang drivers will surely be turning heads when they drive by in the Blue Edition.

Here are the four key features of the special edition Mustang based on a report:

“Go Fast” Black Stripes

Grabber Blue is used on all Blue Edition Mustangs. This is one of the two blue hues used on the sixth-generation coupe. Choosing the Grabber Blue won’t cost you extra and it doesn’t make it special, too. What makes the 2017 Ford Mustang Blue Edition special is the double “go fast” black stripes, which have a “dissolve effect” as it nears the grille. It is even more complemented by the black-painted, 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Remember the 1969 Shelby GT350 and GT500 models that used the Grabber Blue? That’s exactly what Ford is aiming for here. The Mustang, as you well know, depends on its heritage and that Mustang nameplate is a testament to that.

Added Options Indoors

In the cabin, the Blue Edition enjoys a number of features, which include heated and cooled seats, a premium audio system, and Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. This system comes with an eight-inch touchscreen and cool apps that  enables drivers to locate cafes, parking lots, and gas stations.

Two Engines Available

Under the hood, you’ll find two options for the Blue Edition. You can choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. Looking for the V-6? That is only available for the American market. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can produce 317 horses while the 5.0-liter can churn out 421 horsepower. Either engine can be paired with six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Pricing Nears Standard Model

Ford has yet to release the prices for the Blue Edition, but we believe it should stray too far from the standard model. In the UK, EcoBoost has a starting price of £31,745 while the GT costs £35,745 and up.

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