Posted on January 11th, 2014 in Everything Else | No Comments »
Watch this amazing footage over at The Telegraph.
by Lloyd Frazier
In 1964, Ford inspired a new American class of car coined the pony car, with its release of the all-new Mustang, which wasn’t really all that new under its skin. The first generation Mustang had Falcon underpinnings, bucket seats, floor shifter, and sporty exterior, and it just so happened to be a pony…er, Mustang. It was intended as competition to the Chevrolet Corvair. Since then, Mustang has been a huge success for Ford. GM and Chrysler quickly followed suit with all new ‘Pony’ cars of their own with models like Camaro, Cuda, Challenger, Firebird, and others. The famous Pony Car war ensued. Every model year seemed to stir one-upsmanship with each of the big three adding more horsepower, handling, and special performance packages like Shelby, Boss, Z28, and Trans Am. In 2005, Ford entered the retro trend with a newly designed Mustang that conjured memories of the original. GM and Chrysler wasn’t about to be outdone. The new generation Camaro with its hint of 1969 on steroids and Chrysler with a modernized Challenger ala 1970’s. All have been brilliantly engineered, awe inspiring works of automotive Americana.
Now, Ford has really pulled out all the stops with the newly revealed 2015 Mustang. It is not all that retro in appearance but unmistakably Mustang! The solid rear axle has finally been ditched for an IRS setup. Plus, something not seen since first being available in the Mustang II, a four-banger. But, this is not your father’s four-banger. It is a pumped up, turbo infested work of engineering genius. The new 2.3 liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine is expected to supply 305 horsies and 300 foot-lbs of torque.
Take a look at the video courtesy of Winding Road:
by Lloyd Frazier
We are finally going to have a domestic contender fighting against the Japanese dominance in the mid-size truck arena. Since the 2013 model year, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline are the only mid-size trucks available in the U.S. market. Toyota Tacoma sales numbers pretty much eviscerate the other two. So by rights, Toyota is currently the reigning champion. Ford and Chrysler have been missing in action for awhile. GM’s Chevy Colorado took 2014 off for misbehaving and pretending to be a truck.
Let’s hope GM pulls this off right. In looking at the front clip of this handsome, new Colorado, one cannot miss the hint of what a modern S10 might have looked like. For 2016, they will be offering a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine. Sadly, we have to wait until next fall to get our hands on one of these new Colorado’s. Wonder how many folks currently in the market will wait?
For details, read more at AutoBlog.com.