Ford F-150 Raptor

Take the worlds best-selling pickup , boot it up with F-22 Raptor dynamics, add a transformer look, mix up some old school rallying pedigree and get ready to witness the most awesome pickup truck money can buy

Rich History : Switch to the late 1940’s ; The world was recovering from the great war ; Asia working on independence ; and Henry Ford fulfilling his last wish to build a machine which could carry more than just humans, and so the F-series truck was born

Since then, there hasn’t been any other variant of vehicle which has dominated its territory as the F-series of trucks

Back to the future : 21st century breakdown (economic recession), and Ford wanted to regain the faith it had lost (especially in North America), so it comes up with the most kitted up truck ever

The Truck : It’s a tweaked regular F-150 , modded with one purpose : High Speed Off Road use.

Developed by a dedicated R&D team, it is a high performance machine designed to go strong and fast

A first for Ford with hill-descent control and a differential locker for stability at high speeds with load (it’s still a pickup)

Design : Take a F150 and make it look muscular. Stands tall and commands respect. The front grille is unique (gets rid of the blue oval logo) ; the color combination adds character. Rims have been selected wisely to make it look sportier

Engine and Transmission: Two colossal engines. A 5.4 Litre V8 developing 320 bhp / 390 lb-ft of torque and the show stopper 6.2 Litre V8 squeezing out a cool 400 horses / 400 lb-ft of torque

Transmission is a 6-speed auto, which is a spoil sport as rallying machines are supposed to have the stick to play around with

Suspension : Usually suspension is like the script writing (the not so anticipated) part of the movie but when the movie is a 400 hp truck, one feels the need to analyse it.

Revolutionary suspension for the Raptor : New designed leaf springs and shocks, new front upper- and lower-A-arms, and a new wider rear axle

In real words : 13.4 inches of usable travel  in the rear suspension and 11.2 in the front which is TWICE a regular SUV (enough to cross Mount Kilimanjaro)

Appeal : You love Dakar, want to explore the world, have more luggage than companions…..Need more?

Bottomline : Lets face it – It’s not a practical choice , but nor is a Ferrari or a Bugatti. One of a kind and once in a generation truck…. GET IT

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Ford GT

Flashback :- Its the 1960’s. Formula One is still new. But there is another way to prove your point – Its called the Le Mans 24 (24 hours of continuous racing). Also there is a word ‘ Ferrari ‘

Come the late 60’s , the word has been changed to ‘Ford’. Out of nowhere Ford builds a car (The GT 40) which not only trumps Ferrari but does that 4 times in a row (1966-69)

Back to the future :- The early 2000’s and the world least cares about the Ferrari’s, Porsche, Lambo’s or the Mclaren. The world is waiting for the re-incarnation of the Ford GT (40).

And wow, time has stood still for more than 3 decades. The Ford GT (they cut the 40 out of the name due to a trademark issue) looks all the history it has and yet is a masterpiece of engineering

Design :- Retro , Muscle and Sport car rolled into one. Ford pulled off ‘the keep it old and new together’ very well (as did BMW with the Mini Cooper and Fiat with 500). Big headlamps, hood scoop and the aggressive stance look awesome

Add the superb rims and the paint job with racing stripes ; Awesome again

Engines and Transmission:- All aluminium 5.4 Liter V8 beast which guzzles fuel to produce 550 hp and 680 N-m of torque. Some components are shared with the equally potent Ford Mustang Cobra. Transmission is a 6-speed manual which makes the 400 meter dash a delight. (0-100 kph in 3.5 secs)

Appeal :- Though it is American muscle , but still makes its presence felt as much as the Italian or British supercars. Not for the uber-luxury exotic car lover, but for a serious race car enthusiast.

And it certainly will turn heads ; Given the stripes and the retro look, the heads always tend to finish the note with a WoW

>>> Its is unfortunate that the GT is no longer manufactured. The last GT was rolled off in 2007 but is still a cult favorite among car collectors and super rich “i’ll buy anything cool” guys.

Bottomline :- You cannot buy a new one, so keep admiring. But if you do get a chance to get one somehow, don’t loose it, cos there’s nothing like it….  (keep in mind you need to own an oil well to feed the thirsty GT)

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Ford Focus

Yes, its pretty and its a Ford

Lately Ford has been experimenting with its design cues, and the Focus has been their canvas (which we don’t mind at all)

Focus is always associated with its rallying pedigree and has done the blue oval proud in the WRC over the years but when first introduced in the late 90’s was a family car handcrafted to launch Ford to the masses in Europe (which has some 50 odd cars in each segment, so a super tough job)

It certainly has not disappointed and Ford has also announced the 2012 model (yes they decided to bring the whole apocalypse 2012 thing to an end with a pretty car)

The Car: Currently in its 2nd gen ,& 2nd makeover,a very able coupe/hatch/sport-hatch (hell lot of variants available)

Design:- The new design theme was first showcased by the very James Bond in Casino Royale and has been continued since

The front is very thoughtful, looks subtle here but try one in white and its much prettier. Side and rear are more of worked on previous gen models but still have flowing lines

Engines :- Open Microsoft Excel and start typing : 1.4 , 1.6 , 1.8 , 2.0 , 2.5  ;;  1.6 ,1.8 ,2.0 . No, its not a mathematical series but the Petrol and Diesel options on offer

It would be hours before we get to the details of each and every option, so take this : The petrol Duratec’s are adequate and the 2.5 turbo is a feast but the real deal are the ultra refined diesel Duratorq’s which infact have helped Focus clock awesome sales figures throughout the globe

Interiors: Very nicely designed. The feel inside is cool but could have been little sweeter (we are talking Peugeot, Citroen territory, so need to match the European kids) . Space is decent and so is the boot.

Appeal :- Here is where it strikes gold. With the Focus gaining a household recognition due to its Motorsport involvement, Ford has pulled off a superb trick of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday”.

Also with constant upgradation, Ford is quietly moving from an ‘American passive muscle’ to a ‘practical car’ manufacturer image (And that helps in Europe and Asia)

Bottomline : A decent car, but marketed brilliantly with added suave design. Worth a buy!

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Ford Figo

Finally Ford brings in the much awaited Figo

Though the name is more familiar to football, but trust Ford’s claims : 10 years down, Figo will be recalled as the car which put Ford back in the big league

The car is a desirable hatch, looks decent and does follow Ford’s new design cues. Overall a more practical approach towards the exterior to maximize the space inside.

The real catch is the price : Petrol variants start at the very important threshold of less than 3.50 lakh [$8000](ex Delhi)

Diesel is tempting as well starting at less than 4.50 lakh [$10000](ex Delhi)

Insides look as decent as expected of Ford. Dont have any fancy, all the basic comforts are available. Dash is neat, colors are okeey kinda. All n all the same what the segment offers.

As for the car, its based on a trimmed down Feista platform, so is sturdy.

Engine options include a 1.2 Petrol Duratec.

and the very important 1.4 Duratorq.

One might recall the engines from the sibling Fusion which has been phased out (stocks being cleared) and thus implies the importance Ford is betting on this very car.

After sales is still an issue , but should not be a problem as multi branded service points are opening up pretty fast.

Bottomline:- Not a Honda, neither a Maruti. Will find some buyers but wont shake the segment.

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