It’s the Detroit Auto Show this week, you may have heard. It’s the first car show of the year and a chance for carmakers to drag motorists from their post-Christmas slump with some exciting new cars.
As one of the biggest manufacturers on the planet, you’d expect Ford to come up with the goods and it most certainly has with the new Edge SUV, including a US-only ST variant, and a customised Mustang that pays homage to Steve McQueen’s Bullitt.
2018 marks 50 years since Bullitt burst onto our cinema screens and, to celebrate, Ford will sell the special edition Mustang Bullitt [pictured].
Due out this summer, it uses an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, to deliver at least 474bhp and 569Nm of torque and allows a top speed of 163mph.
The car’s styling features many nods to the classic film, including the white cue ball shift knob on the gear shifter and a classic Dark Highland Green paint job.
An active valve performance exhaust system has been retuned to give the car a signature burble, while inside, there’s a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green, with an image of the car rather than the pony in the standard system.
“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer.
“It’s my favourite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything, it’s just cool.”
We couldn’t agree more, but, sadly, it’s only available in North America for now.
Also restricted to the US is the newly announced Edge ST, which is said to boast the most powerful V6 engine in its class.
Its specially tuned 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine packs a power output of 335bhp and 515Nm of torque, linked to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox with ST-tuned sport suspension.
The result is “a performance SUV with a track mentality”, Ford says.
“From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive,” the carmaker adds.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “You can always count on Ford delivering something to get excited about at Detroit. These cars won’t make it to British roads, but they prove the brand can still come up with truly great models.”
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