In 1968 Steve McQueen leapt across the screen - revving down the San Francisco streets in a hunter-green Mustang, shattering speeds and box office records in equal measure. The film was Bullitt and so was the fastback. The two became forever linked with high-performance thrills.
Why then would Ford dare to change even one line on this iconic car? Critics ask this question as they peer at the 2019 Bullitt - because it’s not green.
Take a moment to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing. While the hunter-green profile of the original Bullitt proves undeniable, the Sound Ford team believes that change can indeed be a good thing. As Car and Driver explains, the latest McQueen-inspired fastback has been fused with a Shadow Black palette; and this injects a modern sensibility into the vintage lines.
Anchoring the platform is a set of 19-inch torque-thrust wheels. Dark chrome highlights the grille and side windows, while the thin-arched bumpers mold perfectly against the fascia. LED tail-lights offer a punch of red at the rear (further emphasizing the dramatic monotone styling); and the recessed A-Pillars create a sweeping roofline. The 2019 Bullitt proves just as striking in black as it does in its traditional green, delivering an impressive pony-profile.
To further embrace the shadow treatment, a dark-stained cue-ball shift-knob will sit in the cabin - providing a sharp contrast to the soft-touch dash and leather seating.
What do you think about the revised Mustang Bullitt? Share your opinions with us today!
With just a glance Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships. With a single mile, however, the 2020 Bronco should shatter records - sending Seattle drivers scurrying to dealerships and claiming a place among every chart.
According to Road and Track, the new Bronco is on its way - and, though no critic has managed to sneak a peek at its revised form, many have speculated what it will look like when it revs into Washington. Renderings have flooded the online world, delivering a series of all-terrain upgrades and unibody designs.
Helen of Troy would be jealous.
Among the most common features anticipated by critics are:
Carbon Fiber Wheel Arches - these thick moldings will highlight the all-season tires, as well as emphasize the elongated body (which is estimated to boast an additional two inches).
Side Sills - integrated panels are expected, boasting a distinctive elbow-shape to sluice away rain, mud, and wind.
Slanted Pillars - angled C and A posts would create a dynamic roofline for the Ford Bronco, adding both height (up to an inch compared to the previous model) and a more expansive rear window.
Fender Flares - these will ensure a sporty presence on the highway, drawing attention to the LED headlamps and widened grille.
If any of these specs prove true, the 2020 Bronco should easily dominate the sales charts - connecting drivers to the off-road styling they crave.
To learn more about this Ford SUV - including production dates and financing options - contact our team today!
Down the assembly line it comes - a collection of carbon fiber panels and custom badges. Seattle critics strain to sneak a peek, trying to commit every angle to memory. There’s too little time, however, to memorize the revised C-Pillar construction; and soon the platform vanishes.
According to Jalopnik, Ford has just revealed its 2019 Focus - albeit very briefly. In a dizzyingly edited video, the Big Blue Oval delivered glimpses of its latest sedan. The angles were obscured; the speed was frantic; and every pixel seemed determined to tease. Despite all of this, however, critics were still able to glean a few tangible specs… and they were pleased with what they saw.
The 2019 Focus will feature a a revised fascia. LED daytime running lights will anchor the front, cutting long lines across the fenders. Halogen headlamps will boast thick bezels, while a sculpted hood should house a 1.3L EcoBoost engine (the signature crease deformations mimic the current model and suggest a similar powertrain, with 123 HP and 125 lb.-ft of torque expected). A chrome grille delivers prominent tri-bar styling, and metallic lettering now sprawls across the rear to create a sleek effect.
No official dimensions have been released for the 2019 Focus. Seattle critics agree, however, that the wheelbase has been lengthened and will deliver a chic profile on the highway.
Want to learn more? Contact our team today for further information about the new Focus!
It’s a series of hills - all rising steadily, cresting eventually into a 11,000-foot peak. This is the Ike Gauntlet and it proves devastating to even the most powerful engines.
It couldn’t, however, defeat the 2018 Expedition.
As the TFLTruck team explains, the Expedition was recently pitted against the Ike Gauntlet - one of America’s toughest trails. This eight-mile incline delivers a sharp 7% grade curve, undermining engines and driver confidence alike. Few machines can master it. It proved surprising, therefore, when Ford’s beloved SUV was able to.
The 2018 Expedition dominated the Gauntlet. Boasting a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, this platform revved up every hill with ease - using a two-speed automatic transfer case to seamlessly switch between 4x2 and 4x4 performance-bands. AdvanceTrac technology assessed road conditions, utilizing gyroscopic technology to control torque distribution between the wheels; while a terrain management system delivered custom gear ratios to accommodate changing pavement grades. An available limited slip differential enhanced stability, locking the 3.73 rear axle to create a refined ride; and all-season tires gripped the pavement.
When these features combined, they allowed the Expedition to move deftly down the Gauntlet - requiring only one brake application while towing more than 7,000 pounds. No other SUV achieved such a feat and the TFLTruck team was happy to grant Ford its Gold HitchAward for pure performance excellence.
Want to learn more? Visit our dealership today to take a ride in the 2018 Expedition.
There is no such thing as perfection. This is the Mustang credo - with Ford seeking always to push this pony to the limits. Complacency doesn't belong in the sport market. Instead a need to go further, faster, forward must drive every decision.
It’s this desire that now defines the 2018 Mustang GT - with Ford partnering with aftermarket specialist, ROUSH, to deliver a new kind of fastback experience to Seattle.
According to Motor One, the 2018 Mustang GT will decimate every mile. Anchoring its lean frame (which measures 188-inches long, 75-inches wide, and 54-inches high) is a 5.8L V8. This engine - now flanked by a 2.5L ROUSH supercharger - yields up to 700 HP and 610 lb.-ft of torque: specs which thrust it ahead of its leading competitors, the Dodge Hellcat and the Chevrolet Camaro. A 12-PSI boost ensures segment-leading speed, pushing this fastback from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds; while the direct-injection fuel system has been specifically calibrated to provide optimum fuel distribution and air intake.
This pony doesn’t run. It flies.
To further improve performance, the 2018 Mustang GT also features a new 10-speed automatic transmission - which utilizes a tight 7.394 gear spread to promote crisp handling and quick responses. Ford has tailored this system to perfectly complement the Coyote V8… and drivers will reap the rewards.
Want to take the new GT for a spin? Visit our dealership today to learn more about this class-leading fastback.
Truth often proves difficult to distinguish from fantasy - but Seattle critics are trying their best to separate the two, wanting to connect drivers to all things tangible about the 2020 Bronco. Rumors have doggedly followed this SUV from the assembly line to the testing grounds; and speculation (rather than fact) now defines each mile.
It’s time, critics believe, for some much needed clarity - and we agree.
As Fox News explains, drivers have been tried (and failed) to keep pace with the many Bronco rumors. Allow us to illuminate what is true - rather than what it merely assumed. This SUV will feature:
A Truck Design - the 2020 Bronco will share the same body-on-frame construction as its predecessors (utilizing the platform of the most recent Ford Ranger as its base). Solid front and rear axles will also be integrated to deliver true all-terrain capability.
Square Shape - Ford has fused the new Bronco with a distinctive geometric design, using straight C-Pillars and a hood free of typical crease deformations. Slab-style siding and an upright windshield will create a striking effect.
A Hybrid Option - a battery-supplemented Bronco will be offered to North American drivers. While no official specs have been released, the use of both EcoBoost technology and a lithium-powered four-cylinder is expected.
Soon the Bronco will stampede down the Seattle streets - promising all-terrain strength and undeniable style. To learn more about this platform contact our team today.
The crossover market proves crowded - with dozens of new platforms introduced each year. Every brand shoves these big-wheeled options onto the highway, hoping to secure strong sales. Rarely, however, is a thought spared for speed. Cumbersome accelerations define the miles.
The 2018 Escape is the exception to the slow rule.
According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Escape Titanium offers peppy performance - with its 2.0L inline-four engine allowing Seattle families to indulge in full-throttle experiences. After extensively testing this platform (pitting its six-speed automatic transmission and Intelligent AWD against a brutal track), critics gleaned three very crucial stats:
0 to 60: 7.1 seconds.
50 to 70: 5.1 seconds.
Quarter-Mile Speed: 86 MPH
The new Escape blazed down the pavement, leaving all competitors (save for the Kia Sportage SX, which was a mere fraction quicker) behind. This SUV delivered a seamless ride, utilizing its turbocharged technology to maximum effect. It yielded 245 HP and 275 lb.-ft of torque; and its massive body (178-inches long, 72-inches wide) proved no challenge for the four-cylinder design.
Are you ready for pure crossover fun?
To learn more about the 2018 Escape Titanium contact our team today.
The future of performance is almost here - with Ford unveiling plans to launch a new F-Series fleet by 2020. Mere years separate Seattle consumers from class-leading power.
Are you ready?
According to Torque News, Ford will soon deliver a refreshed F-Series line-up to North America. Despite only recently revising the F-150, F-250, and all of its Super Duty siblings (an aluminum-alloy body was launched in 2015, signaling a shift in half-ton performance and shedding more than 700 pounds from the chassis), the Big Blue Oval intends to completely reinvent its top-selling fleet.
Why? Torque News explains that Ford isn’t content to rely on its current success (the F-Series ranks as America’s leading pick-up, generating more than $40 billion in 2017 alone). Instead it wishes to propel its brand even further - and, to do this, critics believe a full frame renovation will be ordered. A greater use of aluminum is anticipated, with reinforced panels and underbody components now expected to boast hefty composite percentages. Many believe that these trucks will achieve a streamlined profile, with up to 10% of their overall curb weights reduced.
Through this, Ford should be able to achieve best-in-class economy - with critics anticipating a total MPG increase of (at least) 5%. The possible standardization of the 10-speed automatic transmission will further enhance this number, eliminating resource-consuming down-shifts.
What do you think of this Ford announcement? Are you ready for the new F-Series? Share your opinions with us today!
California dreams will soon turn into realities - with Ford unveiling its latest Mustang masterpiece. Prepare, Seattle, to leave the foggy shores of Puget Sound and travel toward the golden sands of San Francisco.
The 2019 GT California Special is on its way!
According to the Dayton Daily News, Ford is bringing a new pony to its corral - introducing drivers to the 2019 California Special. This platform (which will serve as a variant of the GT) promises sleek styling, boasting a bespoke interior that will impress every fastback fan. Slide inside the two-seater cabin and discover suede-trimmed cushions, with red stitches lining their borders. The floor mats will feature custom embroidery, and the instrument gauge will deliver a retro-inspired design: pairing vintage rotary knobs with stripe details.
To further emphasize the old-school sensibility, Ford is also pulling colors from its past GT line-up - with the vibrant Velocity Blue and the neon-tinted Need For Green now showcasing every angle. These will prove a perfect contrast to the clam-shell hood and black mesh grille.
With the release of the 2019 Mustang GT California Special, Ford is bringing a new kind of pony to the market - and we can’t wait to see it rev down the Seattle streets. To learn more about this model contact our team today.
A fast-fingered Motor Trend photographer recently snagged pictures of an unidentified Ford platform - one with no badging, only camouflage. It weaved throughout the Michigan streets, leaving a trail of confusion in its wake. What could it be?
Is it, Seattle, the new Bronco?
According to Motor Trend, Ford’s latest crossover may be the 2020 Bronco (which is said to feature a leaner profile compared to its predecessors). The unique styling of this particular platform lends credence to those rumors - blending an extended C-Pillar construction with a five-lug RWD. The wide front track suggests an all-terrain purpose, while fender flares and wheel arches highlight the elongated body. No official dimensions have been confirmed, but critics estimate that this model measures approximately 98-inches. This would brand it comparable to the current Fiesta.
Could this be the 2020 Bronco? The Motor Trend team believes that’s entirely possible - citing Ford’s reluctance to provide any badging details. Much anticipation surrounds the return of the beloved four-door platform; and the Big Blue Oval won’t want to reveal its design before production is scheduled to begin. It will want to keep the rumored V8 chassis under total secrecy.
What do you think, Seattle? Is this the next-generation of crossover performance? Contact our team today to share your opinions!