It is widely expected that the 2015 North American International Auto Show will bring about the introduction of a list of high performance Ford vehicles including the 2015 F150-based SVT Raptor, the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, the new Focus RS and the debut of the new Ford supercar – which will likely be a mid-engine vehicle similar to the 2004 Ford GT. There have been varying levels of confirmation of these rumored debuts and while the news from Autoblog doesn’t really confirm anything, but it falls just short of confirming the arrival of several of these models.
Phoenix, Hummingbird 2 and the Raptor Teaser
The Ford NAIAS setup map, which you can see at Autoblog by clicking here, shows a large center podium flanked by two smaller podiums. The large center podium is slated for “Phoenix”, while the smaller podiums are reserved for Hummingbird 2 and “F150 SVT Raptor Teaser”. Raptor Teaser is obvious enough, as this will be our first look at the new SVT Raptor that is based on the 2015 F150. Phoenix and Hummingbird 2 are a bit harder to decipher, but word on the street is that Hummingbird 2 will be the R version of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang and Phoenix will be the new Ford supercar.
Considering that there will be a classic Ford GT40 and a newer Ford Gt sitting at the entrance to the Ford display along with a classic GT350R across the way, I am inclined to believe all of these rumors that Phoenix and Hummingbird 2 are the new Ford supercar and the Shelby GT350R Mustang.
No Mention of the Focus RS
The bad news with this leaked Ford display map is that there doesn’t seem to be any mention of the new Ford Focus RS. We know that the RS is coming to the US market for the first time and, like the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost, it will rely on a high performance, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine measuring 2.3L. Sadly, it looks as though the Focus RS will not be on display in Detroit, which will surely come as a major disappointment to sport compact fans.
So, it looks like we won’t see a 300+ horsepower, all-wheel drive Ford Focus next Monday, but we will almost certainly be meeting the Shelby GT350R Mustang, the SVT Raptor F150 and the rebirth of the Ford GT supercar – which might have a different name than the originals, but I expect a similar mid-engine design to that used on the GT and GT40.
If you are a Ford Motor Company fan or a general fan of high performance cars or trucks, the Ford display might steal your heart at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.