Ford Could Just Pull Multiple Performance-Car Debuts at the Detroit Auto Show

December 4, 2014
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The Detroit Auto Show is still more than a month away. However, excitement is starting to build up, especially among Ford fans, as rumors about the automaker’s possible debut lineup are swirling around.

Road & Track recently reported that the blue oval is set to make multiple vehicle debuts at the at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January 12 in Detroit. However, the reported reveals do not just involve ordinary cars. Instead, the lineup could just be comprised of performance-oriented vehicles, starting out with a track-ready version of the new Mustang GT350, dubbed as the GT350R.

The aforesaid track version of the Mustang is rumored to be similar with the Boss 302 Laguna Seca. This means it could be endowed with a 500 horsepower engine under the hood and could get better suspension, brakes and rubber as well as additional bracing, among others.

Aside from the GT350, Road & Track also reported there could be a facelifted version of the sporty subcompact Fiesta ST as well as the Focus ST, which has already been unveiled in Europe but will make its local debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Adding to that list is the monster truck F-150 Raptor, which will possibly have the same aluminum body as the regular F-150. Details about this vehicle are scarce, but there are hearsays that the new Raptor could be equipped with an EcoBoost Engine.

Finally, a concept preview of the successor to the Ford GT supercar could also make a splash at the Detroit Auto Show. Based on rumors, Ford has been eager to return to the Le Mans for 2016. The said year coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40’s first victory at the abovementioned race in 1966. With such big event to commemorate, a new GT definitely makes sense. Apart from the race car version, a street legal variant of the said model could also debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Take note that the said debuts reported by Road & Track have not been confirmed by Ford. So it will not hurt if you take all these with a pinch salt.

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