Ford announced at the Detroit Auto Show that the automaker is bringing back the Mach 1 name for an upcoming electric performance car. The twist? Reports are suggesting it will be an electric SUV. Unfortunately, details are slim to none at this point. The automaker revealed the news at the show with no concept car on display. What we do know is that the project is being spearheaded by Ford Team Edison, the blue oval’s battery electric division, and will likely debut sometime in 2020. We’re not sure if the Mach 1 will be fully electric or a hybrid. Check out this teaser video Ford released. Don’t get too excited though, it doesn’t give away much of anything.
The name choice is interesting, since Mach 1 implies that it will be related to the Mustang in some way. Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair spoke to Jalopnik, and said that the Mach 1 will not be based on the Mustang, and will instead be built on a unique platform since it will be battery electric. He also menitoned that “a Mustang-inspired crossover is certainly something you can expect to come out of Team Edison” in the future. Interesting. Stay tuned for more on the Ford Mach 1 as an all electric performance SUV.
Ford will cap off the final chapter of the 6th generation Mustang with a hair-raising GT500. As of right now, there are only two cars that the Mustang has to beat. Those would be the Dodge Challenger and the 650 horsepower Camaro ZL1. Let’s be realistic, Ford isn’t about to try to beat out the SRT Demon with a street-illegal monster that packs 840+hp. But what the blue oval is going to do, is show up with a supercharged V8 pumping out more than 700 ponies.
A few words from the automaker: “..this new Mustang is engineered to stand apart on roadways and race tracks, thanks to its new innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.” As of right now, all we know for sure about the GT500 is the name, a rough horsepower figure, and the fact that it will be street legal. But as usual, there are rumors. Rumors around this particular ride are saying that it will utilize a revised version of the 5.2-liter V8 found under the hood of the GT350, with a 2.6-liter Roots-style blower attached. The GT500 wont be out until 2019, but we’ll be sure to bring you updates throughout the year. Until then, enjoy these photos, courtesy of Anthony Ruggiero.
Yes, you read that right. The original 1968 Bullitt Mustang has surfaced after more than 40 years. Ford has paid tribute to the legendary car chase a few times now. For the 40th anniversary, there was the Bullitt-branded edition of the fifth-generation Mustang. Then was the fourth-gen Mustang, back in 2001. And the most recent, to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary, is the long-rumored 2018 Mustang Bullitt revealed at this week’s Detroit Auto Show.
Ford decided to go back to the roots with this one, bringing the original 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback that starred in the film to the auto show. It was introduced by none other than Steve McQueen’s granddaughter Molly. And sure, this beauty is a little beat up, but we can’t help but be fascinated by the Bullitt’s ancestry. See for yourself, right here:
Captain Scott Morris is stationed at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. He’s a member of the 93rd Fighter Squadron and he flies an F-16 Falcon jet. What does he do in his spare time you wonder? He drag races: fighter jet vs. muscle car. In this case, Morris’ Falcon took on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Road & Track took a front seat. The Hellcat reaches 60mph in 3.6 seconds while the F-16 makes it in 6 seconds. Which one will prevail? See for yourself:
Well happy Friday to us! We knew the 2018 Bullitt edition was on its way, but thanks to Automotive News, now we know for sure. The cherry on top? It’s next week. The unveiling of the 2018 Mustang Bullitt will take place at the Detroit Auto Show, and is specifically timed for the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen movie that helped foster the Mustang’s iconic status. So, here’s what we know so far about the Bullitt:
-It will be dark green, and will most likely include five-spoke black wheels with a chrome lip, similar to the 1968 movie car
-A leaked window sticker revealed that a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 will live under the hood
-It will be paired to either the new 10-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
-A Mustang Bullitt will be auctioned off with Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 19th – the proceeds will benefit the Boy’s Republic, an all-boys school in California that happens to be Steve McQueens alma mater
We’re sure that there will be some surprises in store for the reveal. Specifically, a few curveball features that will pay tribute to the movie and the legend himself. So, gear up for Detroit next week, and we’ll keep you posted on the reveal.