Motor Trend: Ford's concepts
Thanks to the success of the Chrysler 300C, rear drive cars are back in fashion in
Why is rear drive suddenly hot? Because it allows more powerful engines, sportier handling, and better proportions than front drive. And it allows American automakers to build quintessentially American automobiles with V-8 engines and bold styling.
Ford is showing two rear-drive concept cars at
Both are built on a Mustang-based platform with independent rear suspension. But don't jump to conclusions -- when Ford axed smooth riding independent rear suspension (IRS) for the current Mustang to save money, it made enough changes to the platform to make it too expensive to put back in. That means if either car is to be built, Ford needs an affordable IRS rear-drive platform to build them on.
Ironically, it may find one in exactly the same place as GM found the Zeta architecture that will underpin its new Camaro --
The Falcon features an IRS system, and Ford
In styling terms, the Ford Interceptor reflects Ford's North American design chief Peter Horbury's take on the three-bar grille from the Ford 427 concept shown at Detroit a couple of years back, and mimics his '06 F-250 Super Chief show truck. The engine is an E85-friendly 5.0-liter overhead cam V-8 making 400 horsepower. The 2+2 low-back seats are fixed, headrests deploy from the roof and the four-point seat belts are inflatable in the rear.
Horbury, who made his reputation transforming the way Volvos look, has identified seven key design cues that have defined Lincolns over the years, and decreed that all future production Lincolns must have at least three of them. The Lincoln MKR's styling, including the '41 Continental-style grille, thin taillamps and powerful beltline, therefore signals the future design direction for Lincoln.
Under the hood is E85-capable 3.5-liter V-6 similar to that used by current production Fords such as the new Edge crossover. However, twin turbochargers and direct injection give this one a V-8-busting 415-horsepower.
So Ford's solution to Energy independence and reducing greenhouse gases is to reconfigure their cars
to bring back the V-8. Helllooo!!!
And they wonder why the American car industry is declining into obscurity!
Ford, get serious!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ford Interceptor??? If I wanted a car that looks like a Chrysler 300 - I'd go buy it from Chrysler!!!
If that's all the "new" design they can come up with they might as well sell out to Toyota now and save all the trouble.
I think it looks more like Audi A8
Can�t they make it on their own?
Ford Intercepter. I would buy one if I had enough money. But anyway, I think it's a good car, just because I hate chrysler and I am in love with Fords.
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