: Update Ford kills SVT - 2007 Shelby Cobra Mustang to be last of performance division



Blackout
03-08-06, 04:26 PM
Ford kills SVT - 2007 Shelby Cobra Mustang to be performance division's swan song (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/03/08/ford-kills-svt-2007-shelby-cobra-mustang-to-be-performance-div/)

Posted Mar 8th 2006 7:00AM by Erin Mays (http://www.autoblog.com/bloggers/erin-mays/)
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http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/03/07FordShelby-RIP.jpg (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Columns/articleId=109512)



Inside Line has the skinny on something that will bring tears to the eyes of many a high-performance enthusiast... the end of SVT as we know it is close at hand. Stephen Cole Smith of Inside Line predicted such a fate for Ford's in-house skunkworks, and on on April 1, 2006 he'll be proven right.

According to Cole, as of this moment SVT's PR/marketing staff, engineering staff, dealer network, press fleet and events trailer (all exclusively dedicated to the division) have been dismantled. The 2007 Shelby Cobra-badged Mustang will be the last vehicle to be developed, start to finish, by the SVT program. If anything, Cole says, we might get a vehicle with an SVT-tuned suspension. Maybe.
RIP SVT

PAW 47
03-08-06, 04:59 PM
Doesn't surprise me.. Fords new car(s) line up looks like crap.. Only leg they have to stand on is there fleet sales for Vans & Trucks...

illumina
03-08-06, 05:04 PM
No more SVT Focus? Awe shucks! :D

But I've always liked the SVT Mustang...Other than that, I just can't imagine a Ford SVT 500 or an SVT Fusion...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-08-06, 06:02 PM
Yeah...its gotten to the point where there are no more cars for SVT to modify.


Blackout, you must be shattered! :p

Katshot
03-08-06, 06:09 PM
Interesting that the date mentioned happens to be April Fools Day.

illumina
03-08-06, 08:55 PM
Interesting that the date mentioned happens to be April Fools Day.

:leaving: ............:D ............:p ............:leaving:

davesdeville
03-09-06, 03:52 AM
Better be an April fools day joke... sheesh. No SVT = bad. And this is coming from a GM dude.

Florian
03-09-06, 10:54 PM
just pullin your junk....no way SVT gets boned...makes em too much money.


F

Jonas McFeely
03-10-06, 12:59 PM
just pullin your junk....no way SVT gets boned...makes em too much money.


F

I totally agree.Dodge has all these SRT models,GM has the SS's,Ford has SVT,i dont see how they could drop it,especially with this new mustang,theres no way.

ShadowLvr400
03-11-06, 02:26 AM
GM has the SS's? Not to be rude, but the SS badging hasnt been a match for the SVT or SRT badges lately.

Jonas McFeely
03-11-06, 03:59 AM
GM has the SS's? Not to be rude, but the SS badging hasnt been a match for the SVT or SRT badges lately.

Oh no,i totally agree,the SS badge really doesnt mean shit anymore.SRT is where its at,even though im not a chrysler fan.The SS badge hasnt really meant anything since the last generation SS Camaro.

CVP33
03-14-06, 11:07 PM
Damn no SVT Five Hundred?
Double damn no SVT Windstar?
Triple damn no SVT Escape?

What is the world coming to?

Stoneage_Caddy
03-14-06, 11:25 PM
Good , i was really hopeing for a new Eddie Bauer edition f150 ,thats WAY beatter then a lightning ...

Stoneage_Caddy
03-14-06, 11:32 PM
I also want to note SS and SVT cant be compared ....SS and GT is more like it ....

Wanna Comapre apples to Apples then comapre GM Performace division to SVT .....CTS-V VS Cobra , Z06 VS Cobra , STS-V VS Cobra , XLR-V VS Cobra .....

Maybe ford should have done more then a focus , a pickup and a mustang ....

Always hated how people comapred the Silverado SS to the Lightning ....The last time GM had something for Ford Technicaly was the Syclone/Typhoon ....Which came from a early form of GM Performace division (the guys that built the Turbo Buicks and 89 Turbo trans am)....

You know a 6.0 liter will fit in a colorado ?

Stoneage_Caddy
03-14-06, 11:35 PM
and it all started for SVT with this :
http://www.maximum-cars.com/Cars/Ford/1983-Mustang-SVO-1.jpg

Blackout
03-15-06, 06:32 AM
and it all started for SVT with this :
http://www.maximum-cars.com/Cars/Ford/1983-Mustang-SVO-1.jpgThat was SVO. SVT didn't show up until 1991

Jonas McFeely
03-15-06, 02:54 PM
That was SVO. SVT didn't show up until 1991

Apples = Apples

Stoneage_Caddy
03-15-06, 06:46 PM
exactly , SVO became SVT in 93 , not unlike how the GNX boys became GM Performance division ...

Nothing like SVO existed in ford till 83 , shelby was the closest thing and that was more like how saleen and roush compare to ford now...

gothicaleigh
03-15-06, 09:25 PM
SVT? Good riddance.
SS? What a joke.
SRT? Meh.




V=, ///M, and AMG ftw. :p




:stirpot:

Blackout
03-16-06, 06:41 AM
SVT? Good riddance.
SS? What a joke.
SRT? Meh.




V=, ///M, and AMG ftw. :p




:stirpot:
SVT= Good products minus the SVT Focus
SS= Apperance package
SRT= Best bang for the buck around
V= Wannabe M series and AMG. Once the V series makes a car faster then an M car or an AMG will that really start to perk people's interests

HotRodSaint
03-20-06, 10:16 AM
Beginning with this summer's introduction of the 2007 Shelby GT500, the Ford brand will let all its dealers sell Special Vehicle Team vehicles.
(http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060320/SUB/60317114/-1/newsletter07&refsect=newsletter07)

Now, only a limited number of SVT-certified dealers can sell the high-performance vehicles.

The change could help Ford sell more high-performance cars and trucks. But some SVT dealers are crying foul.

Meanwhile, after a two-year product drought for the SVT brand, its future is up in the air, sources say. It is not clear what, if any, products are slated for SVT beyond the GT500, and Ford has declined to talk about its plans.

Ford has about 600 full-line SVT dealerships; 700 others were certified for the now-discontinued SVT Focus. Beginning with the GT500, Ford will no longer limit the number of available certifications. Certification requirements will be different for each product. The Ford brand had 3,777 U.S. dealerships on Jan. 1.

"This will further strengthen the Ford brand by providing us with a greater opportunity to drive showroom traffic," wrote Darryl Hazel, president of Ford's customer service division, in an e-mail to dealers.

Ford says it's not backing away from performance products. Some sources say Ford is folding the SVT marketing team into the regular Ford brand team. Some also expect SVT's engineering team may be diluted or tied more closely to Ford's racing efforts.

That would be a remarkable about-face for SVT vehicles, which went on sale in 1992. Just a year ago, Ford's product chief, Phil Martens, said SVT was bigger and better-funded than ever before. Martens, who has since left Ford, said SVT would eventually have up to five products.