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Ford Focus RS Gets Winter Tire Package

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Ford Motor Co. has announced a winter tire package for the highly-capable, 2017 Ford Focus RS, the first time an automaker has offered a winter tire option in North America.

The performance-tuned, all-wheel drive hatchback is already a blast to toss around and now it’s even more fun in the snow. Ford’s engineers tested a wide variety of tire and wheel setups in Northern Michigan and Sweden before arriving at an optimum combination for ride, handling and performance.

That optimum combination proved to be 225/40R18 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tires wrapped around new 18×7.5-inch wheels clad in a sparkle silver finish that helps hide salt residue. Ford Performance chassis supervisor Adam Wirth stated:

“This tire package allows RS owners to continue spirited driving even in the snow. “We fully expect our more extreme-weather customers to take advantage of the ability to use snow chains.”

Owners of the Ford Focus RS with the winter tire package can still take advantage of all four default driving modes, including the drift setting for the ultimate fun in the snow.

The package comes standard for customers in Canada, but is a $1,995 option in the US market.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs More Than Camaro ZL1

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The Blue Oval’s high-octane muscle car is priced to matched its performance.

Ford has announced pricing details for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.

With a starting price of $73,995, the latest Mustang Shelby GT500 is priced higher than the Chevy Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye ($73,440). It is also $12,460 more expensive than the less powerful sibling, the Shelby GT350.

Adding the Carbon Fiber Track package increases the price to $90,000 but adds carbon fiber wheels covered in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, a carbon fiber wing and dive planes. The package eliminates the rear seats to cut weight.

The optional $1,500 handling package gets you adjustable strut top mounts, a Gurney flap and removable splitter end plates, while the $3,000 technology package comes with a better audio system, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and puddle lamps.

Engineers went the extra mile to make the new Mustang Shelby GT500 a capable everyday driver and not just a track-carving monster, but shouldn’t underscore the massive supercharged 5.2L V8 breathing under its hoods. Billed as the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8, the powerplant produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If you could only choose only one, which would it be — 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye? Let us know in the comments below.

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New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Officially Makes 760HP

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This Mustang has the world’s most power-dense supercharged production V8.

We already knew the new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, but we didn’t know precisely how much power drivers would have to play with. Until now, that is…

Ford has announced that the GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8 — paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that spinsthe rear wheels — produces 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world.”

The high-octane Mustang is more powerful than the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, but it falls short of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye’s 797-hp 6.2L V8. It can complete the quarter-mile run in under 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour).

In addition to the powerful, Ford’s engineers applied a revised front fascia that improves the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent, an optional Carbon Fiber Track Package featuring a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of downforce at 180 mph, carbon fiber wheels, and nicely-bolstered Recaro seats.

The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you want one?

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Electric Ford Mustang Classic Comes To Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Old hardware gets infused with new tech to deliver what is presumably an exhilarating experience.

Ford brought an electric Ford Mustang to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it’s not the modern electric Mustang you probably expected. This one is on the ‘classic’ end of the spectrum.

Developed by Britain’s Charge Cars, the model in question is a 1960s Mustang with a fully-electric drivetrain. More specifically, engineers swapped out the gas guzzling V8 for four electric motors, one for each wheel to effectively create an all-wheel drive system.

Electric Ford Mustang 1960 Classic Car

The four electric motors get their energy from a 64 kWh battery pack and generate a combined 536 horsepower and 885 lb-ft. of torque, allowing the electric Mustang to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3.99 seconds, reach a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h), and drive up to 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge.

Charge Cars plans to only build 499 units of the charged up classic Mustang, and you’ll have to pay a lot to get one. Prices start at at £300,000 ($380,620).

That out of the way, watch this classic 1965 Ford Mustang get drunk on autonomous tech.

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