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Ford’s NAIAS New Car Reveals: The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Shelby GT 350R & Ford GT. Innovation Through Performance. #FordNAIAS #NAIAS


Ford’s NAIAS New Car Reveals.
Yes folks, the cars are here.

As you may have read, I was exclusively invited to attend the press preview on January 12-13 in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as a Digital Influencer and Online Journalist on behalf of Ford Canada.

I’ve attended NAIAS every year since I was 17 but, I was never prepared to how amazing it would be to attend as press. Especially, with Ford’s new car reveals–I expected Iron Man to fly in and drop down completely donned in Ford Blue. It was that spectacular.

Each year, I am always at the ready to hear about what Ford will be unveiling and this year, I was able to see it firsthand. One thing is for certain, Ford never disappoints.

They may not be Iron Man but, they are no strangers to Ford Blue. CEO of Ford, Mark Fields, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, Raj Nair and the renowned William Clay Ford Jr. greeted us and introduced the brand new Ford vehicle reveals.



The Ford F-150 Raptor.
A beast.

Simply put, this truck is an absolute beaut. From getting a behind the scene look at the emphasis Ford has on technology, innovation and fuel efficiency, it’s not a surprise that performance is another emphasis that Ford is moving to center stage. In case you didn’t know, Ford is bringing more than 12 new performance vehicles from now through 2020!

FUN FACT: I learned when I visited the Rouge Factory that Ford hit the streets to find out what consumers thought would make the Raptor better, they talked–Ford listened and the 2017 Raptor was born.

Our first look at the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was impressive. You may be familiar with the Raptor when it was introduced in 2010 but, it has been re-engineered to make it tougher, smarter, more capable and more efficient than ever. The new 2017 version is powered by an all-new high-output 3.5L EcoBoost® engine. Which gives it even more power than the 2010’s 411 HP capability.



Less-Weight–Better Performance.

What was striking about the 2017 Ford Raptor was the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in its body and bed, eliminating over 500 lbs. of weight compared to 2014 Raptor. This not only improves the performance but, its capability overall.

The Raptor is equipped with features that allows drivers to navigate off-road with ease, these include standard larger FOX Racing Shox,™ standard 17-inch BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tires that are designed for the Raptor. All which will help the weight distribution from front to back.

While I stand at 4’11, I am a truck lover and if I didn’t have a minivan, I’d own a truck. As hilarious as it may look, I’ve driven F-150’s and absolutely loved the ride. Even with its size, it makes for a comfortable and safe vehicle, even for shorties like me. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be available for purchase in the fall of 2016.



Ready Your Bibs–You Will Drool.

The Ford Shelby GT 350R Mustang will get your heart all-a-flutter. At least it did mine. As the smoke filled the arena and the Shelby let out its roar, I got shivers. You can hear it on a video that my friend Craig posted, here. This car is made out of what dreams and fantasies are made of. It is absolutely lip-biting, knuckle-clenching gorgeous!

Not to mention, this model is the most-track ready production that Ford have ever made! From its conception in 1965, I believe that Ford and Carroll Shelby created a masterpiece. Right? Later this year, the new Shelby GT 350R will be back and in the same fashion but, delivering innovations in aerodynamics, chassis engineering and light-weighting–that is better than before. 



Lightweight & Powerful.

What I found pretty wicked was that this is Ford’s first V8 that has a flat-plane crankshaft – an architectural feature that you would normally find in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. That’s impressive and that alone can tell you that this car means business.

If you love cars like me, you want to know how fast it goes, right? Even if you aren’t a car buff, you can totally understand that this car has 500 horsepower and more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer described the Shelby GT 350R as an all-around athlete. One that possesses agility and precision, not just horsepower. I describe it as one of the most neck-breaking, tongue-wagging and heart-fluttering pieces of machinery that I have seen in a very long time. One that I predict will be highly-coveted.



The Ford GT.

If the Shelby GT 350R hadn’t already stole the show, well, the GT did at a whole other level. It is absolutely remarkable. This vehicle will give super cars a run for their money and one of the most exotic takes that I’ve seen Ford take.

And I love it.

In my opinion, with its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine performance and lightweight carbon-fiber construction, it is a contender amongst the exotics. If you’re all wondering how much power this behemoth has, well, it’s over 600 HP. Especially with some of its direct competitors only pulling 455 HP and it should be able to keep up with other competitors with similar specs.


Made to Perform.

The rear spoiler adjusts to you and to the speed you give it. It will adjust its height depending on those conditions. While it has a mid-mounted engine and to provide more room for performance, there is no air-conditioning, no rear-cameras or auto-dimming mirrors–but, those are small prices to pay when you will have a car like this! It will be available in 2016.


There You Have It, Folks.

These are Ford’s NAIAS New Car Reveals straight from the show. Stay tuned for more coverage on the auto show, Detroit and of course, even more smexy cars. Thanks for following along, you can see even more stories and pictures from Ford through the hashtag #FordNAIAS.

The North American International Auto Show is set to open tomorrow to the public, so be sure to grab your tickets and see these cars for yourself if you can!

Which NEW Ford vehicle is your favorite?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!


Note: Ford Motor Company paid for my travel and accommodations at the three-day NAIAS Digital Summit. It was not compensated in any other manner for my time. My opinions posted here are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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  1. They are all so gorgeous! That Ford Raptor has caught my attention…. and the attention of my hubby. LOVING the blue.

  2. I am in the market for a new car, but I don't think either of these made my list – although they are very nice.

  3. That is one good looking truck! The car is a beauty too, but i am a truck girl! I love attending the auto show,looks like it was a great couple of days 🙂

  4. Holy Crap those cars look futuristic and amazing! I don't really love trucks but that one looks so cool that I would feel like a total BAD A** driving it. The sports car, forget about it 🙂 You said it perfectly . . . " This car is made out of what dreams and fantasies are made of. It is absolutely lip-biting, knuckle-clenching gorgeous". Yes,a masterpiece!

  5. I am a total Truck freak. That Raptor is right up my alley, a real head turner. Ford sure knows what they are doing with that.

  6. Wow, that Ford GT is really something. How nice must it be to whizz along in that? However I'd also like to point out that a lot more needs to be done to reduce the amount of gas a car needs. In Europe they've done it so why not here? Gas may be cheap at the moment but it's been expensive and no doubt will be again, so Ford get on it please!

    1. Ford has many green initiatives that help with performance thus changing fuel-consumption. The GT has dual EcoBoost engines and while this car is a beaut, I do not think that many of us regular folk will have it sitting in our drive way. If you are interested in what Ford does when it comes to sustainability, you can visit the following link: Ford Sustainability Report.

  7. What an amazing experience it must have been for you to go! I loved following along with you on social media..and that TRUCK. What a beauty!! The blue is STUNNING!

  8. It's amazing how switching to aluminum can change the weight by that much. Ford NAIAS was so impressive. It was lovely to finally meet you!

    1. It is amazing how much of a difference it makes for owners. I am glad they went that route. It was awesome meeting you too!

  9. Wow, those are some awesome looking vehicles! Happy to hear that they are asking real people for their opinions on how to improve. I'd love to take a spin in that Ford GT.

    1. That is what blew me away, they asked them what would make their trucks better. A guy even suggested aluminum body and lo and behold!

  10. My friend, Shelley, would have DIED to see the new Raptor. She's been obsessed with that truck ever since it first came out.

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