: versus Lincoln MKS



durask
08-28-06, 01:35 AM
Reach Higher Preview the 2007 Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKX (http://www.lincoln.com/reachhigher/default.asp?section=MKShome)

315hp V8
6-speed auto
all-wheel drive (yes!) Hope it's not the old Haldex junk from Volvo

Love the design (although some may say that it's too Acura-like, at least on the outside)

Jesda
08-28-06, 03:43 AM
Nice Altima.

davesdeville
08-28-06, 04:45 AM
The interior on that is gorgeous.. The exterior is kind of meh. The roof is pretty cool but I wouldn't want to own one without comprehensive insurance if that's one piece of glass, one rock and you're out $4k...

Does it look like it has a green tint to it or is that just my monitor?

PAULSTSMAN1
08-29-06, 11:10 AM
Nice Altima.


I agree, Lincoln has forgotten it's past and it may die. Building a USA Japanese car may just finish off Lincoln for good. What happened to the 1960's Continental?

90Brougham350
08-29-06, 11:24 AM
The interior is definately something classy, but scratch another tally for the Altima. Where the hell did they get their design from? Come on, Cadillac's have their own distinct style, the Art and Science theme. Why did Lincoln have to copy Nissan?:tisk: And the biggest flaw: that incredibly stupid and "ricer-ish" "S" on the back. Just rediculous.:thepan: For shame Lincoln, for shame.

Blackout
08-29-06, 02:48 PM
Well I guess I'm the only one that is in love with this car. If that interior is exactly how it will look in the production form then the MKS will hands down have the best looking interior for a domestic car

CVP33
08-29-06, 06:18 PM
Interior is flawless in my opinion and I could easily fall in love with that. The exterior is a little underwhelming. Unlike the others seeing Altima, I'm seeing a portion of Infiniti M45 (side view), with a touch of Acura TL (rear view) and finally a pinch of Acura RL (front view) but the grilles (upper and lower) are so garish they don't tie the car together well at all.

90Brougham350
08-29-06, 07:24 PM
If that interior is exactly how it will look in the production form then the MKS will hands down have the best looking interior for a domestic car

Can't really argue with you there.

Wiseguy2
09-01-06, 09:51 PM
About damned time!

I've been howling for years that Detroit needs to up the quality of their interiors to truly compete. I love my STS to death, but the interior is a joke compared to BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. Ford may finally have a winner.. if the car's nice inside but otherwise hideous, it will still sell. The new 7 Series BMW is proof of this.

Jesda
09-02-06, 12:20 PM
About damned time!

I've been howling for years that Detroit needs to up the quality of their interiors to truly compete. I love my STS to death, but the interior is a joke compared to BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. Ford may finally have a winner.. if the car's nice inside but otherwise hideous, it will still sell. The new 7 Series BMW is proof of this.

BMW offers spectacular handling and a strong reputation.

The Navigator is an example of a pleasant but uninteresting Lincoln with a world-class interior that doesnt sell.

Wiseguy2
09-02-06, 03:51 PM
BMW offers spectacular handling and a strong reputation.

The Navigator is an example of a pleasant but uninteresting Lincoln with a world-class interior that doesnt sell.

BMW does offer spectacular handling.. I have, umm, well let's say I'm kinda into them.. I have an M5, M6, 740, E34 Wagon, 2 E30s, another 6 series, and some vintage ones... I'm also considering a 6-Speed E60 M5.

After crying out loud for years that I wished I could buy an American car that was actually a reasonable replacement for a 5 Series BMW, Cadillac FINALLY did it with the new STS. Heck, I'm taking mine to a BMWCCA AutoX on the 10th! :duck:

But when you compare the interior quality, it's a joke. The shifter handle on my STS is loose, it's not on my 740iL that I have had for almost 10 years. The fit and finish is really subpar. The BMW may not hold up as well as the Caddy (I own a BMW independent shop) but it's the impression that the car lacks.

I've had about 7 of my customers that laughed when they saw the Caddy outside "HA! You bought a Cadillac? HAHA!". They laugh until I throw them the keys and say "Take it for a spin". Every single one has been amazed with the car, but they all said the interior looks like crap.

Unless the BRAND new Navigator is an exception, I always felt they had chintzy interiors.

It's amazing how much of an impression this really makes on Buyers... it's a shame because It was between a 530i and an STS and I went with an STS and don't regret it for a minute.

Jesda
09-02-06, 04:03 PM
I definitely agree with you on a lot of that, Wiseguy2. While I do like the STS inside and out, its interior is, I agree, inferior to is competition, including Lincoln.

However, whats hurting the STS most is exterior design. The cheaply appointed CTS, with its strong character and bold design, is still a hot seller.

Blackout
09-03-06, 06:33 PM
Unless the BRAND new Navigator is an exception, I always felt they had chintzy interiors.The New Navigator is looking like it will have an awesome interior compared to other SUV's in its class. Here's some pictures to see what it will look like. Oh yeah they are also offering a L version of the Navigator which is an extended verison. Maybe it will be trying to compete against the Escalade ESV. I don't know the exact numbers for the ESV but the L version of the Navigator offers 25 cu. additional fete of cargo room behind the 3rd row seat, 12" longer wheelbase, and the truck is 14.7" longer, and can also tow 9000 lbs.

http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-Door-Trim-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-Dash-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-offset-Dash-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/PRNDL-Detail-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-Gauge-Cluster-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-THX-center-console-resized.JPG
http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/02/Navi-rear-HVAC-resized.JPG

90Brougham350
09-03-06, 08:04 PM
Aside from the fact they found those guages at the junkyard in a '79 F-100, that interior is exceptional. If Cadillac could combine (not holding my breath) something like that with their good exterior designs, they would really be competitive.

Jesda
09-03-06, 08:53 PM
Interesting gauges... HELLO 80s!
http://rumler.com/miami/vice/img/miami-vice-dj-pmt.jpg

I liked the old Navigator interior better.
http://www.automotive-technology.com/projects/lincoln/images/5_nav_int_overview.jpg

90Brougham350
09-03-06, 10:52 PM
http://elmnet.net/~yieldmap/forsale/truck/dash.JPG

Blackout
09-04-06, 11:50 AM
I don't know why everybody is hating on the Lincoln's new square gauges. They are just going back to their old school heritage.

timothyr
09-04-06, 02:11 PM
unfortunatly, i dont have a pic handy, butthose gauges look exactly like the ones in a early 80's f-series pick-up except for the silver facing (fod used black)....every day i saw those i would deffinatly be drawn back to the old ford trucks.....will they have an optional digital dash? =)
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Jesda
09-04-06, 03:39 PM
Problem is, blackout, the square gauges were cheesy.

Blackout
09-04-06, 04:23 PM
Problem is, blackout, the square gauges were cheesy.How are they chessy? Do they do their job? yes. Are they different? Yes. They're better then what is currently on the Navigator

90Brougham350
09-04-06, 06:04 PM
When I see those guages, I don't think about luxury. I think about a 30-year old piece-of-shit truck.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
09-04-06, 06:42 PM
See Brian, the square gauges are just a '70s Ford thing. They had the same style of guage in the Mark III, IV and V, and all of the '80s Town Cars. I really like them. It makes it classy and it doesn't borrow any other trends or designs on the market now.

90Brougham350
09-04-06, 08:25 PM
While I can't argue with you about Ford's use of square guages, the fact it's a Navigator and it has them still screams tacky to me. I know, probably not looking at the whole picture, but I just can't help it.

Jesda
09-04-06, 09:17 PM
Theyre boring, dull, and very 80s, especially compared to the beautiful electroluminescent gauges from before. The 80s are associated with crappy cars from Detroit, and thats not a part of the Lincoln heritage that people should be reminded of.

It says "work truck" not "luxury"

CVP33
09-04-06, 09:34 PM
I was really enjoying those Navigator interior shots until I saw the speedo. I'm not "feeling that" at all. Retro or not, they look out of place in that vehicle. The center stack and door panels though are works of art. My SRT-8 pales in comparison to those.

Wiseguy2
09-06-06, 04:29 AM
It does look a lot nicer than the previous Navigator. I rented an '05 Navigator and hated it. I remember that it looked nice until you actually had to touch it, then it felt horribly cheap. It's the little stuff that's annoying.. switches that feel loose, that super flimsy cover over the stereo/Nav..etc.

davesdeville
09-06-06, 07:59 AM
If Lincoln is going to bring back a speedo, bring back a cool one:

http://i19.ebayimg.com/01/i/07/fc/10/93_12.JPG

(A silver line extends in the space under the numbers, from the 0 to whatever speed you're doing.)

AlBundy
09-29-06, 09:16 PM
I like it. I think it will sell very well. If you think it looks like an altima think about it as the top of the line altima/maxima. It doesn't have the tradition lincoln style but whats wrong with change.

90Brougham350
09-30-06, 07:41 PM
Because if people want to buy an Altima, they can go to a Nissan dealership and pay alot less. This is just giving in, going the easy route. Anyone can do the cheap and easy imitation job, that's why so many cars look exactly the same these days. Copying and imitating are a Japanese thing to do, why does Lincoln have to?

Caddy Man
10-03-06, 12:32 PM
About damned time!

I've been howling for years that Detroit needs to up the quality of their interiors to truly compete. I love my STS to death, but the interior is a joke compared to BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc. Ford may finally have a winner.. if the car's nice inside but otherwise hideous, it will still sell. The new 7 Series BMW is proof of this.

Are you serious???? Have you sat in the new 5 series from BMW??? THAT interior is a joke. Its all plastic...I was disgusted sitting in that car, I'll take the STS interior any day.

Wiseguy2
10-07-06, 02:53 AM
Are you serious???? Have you sat in the new 5 series from BMW??? THAT interior is a joke. Its all plastic...I was disgusted sitting in that car, I'll take the STS interior any day.

Dead serious. The textures of the plastics have a MUCH nicer feel to them, the door panel plastic on the STS looks like it was made by Tupperware.

The actual fit of the STS is not up to BMW standards, the shifter knob on my STS is loose, as it is in other STSs that I have been in. The shifter knob in my 10 year old 97 740iL is not loose. I see mold lines in plastic pieces all over my Caddy, none in my BMWs.

The wood trim does not sit flush with other parts of the dash. The controls feel loose and flimsy when compared to the BMW. I think that I-Drive is a diabolical invention, but the I-Drive controller feels like it's made from a single piece of aluminum and acts like it's on ball bearings.

I still love my STS, but it still has a cheap looking interior.

Jesda
10-09-06, 03:56 AM
The latest 5-series and STS aren't exactly world standards for interior quality. It'll be a generation or two until BMW and Cadillac catch up to Audi in that regard, if ever.

Caddy Man
10-11-06, 02:37 PM
The latest 5-series and STS aren't exactly world standards for interior quality. It'll be a generation or two until BMW and Cadillac catch up to Audi in that regard, if ever.

alright wiseguy, I see where you are coming from...



and Jesda, I agree! My freind recently got a brand new Audi A4 and the interior is LIGHTYEARS ahead of my CTS. Everything feels so solid and high quality, in an entry level car. I IMMEDIATLY saw the shortcomings in my ''american'' interior the minute I sat and drove her car. My interior just seemed cheap and hallow.

AlBundy
10-11-06, 09:39 PM
Because if people want to buy an Altima, they can go to a Nissan dealership and pay alot less. This is just giving in, going the easy route. Anyone can do the cheap and easy imitation job, that's why so many cars look exactly the same these days. Copying and imitating are a Japanese thing to do, why does Lincoln have to?

Well if I was in the market for this particular style car this one will be it. As far as getting one for cheaper I wouldn't settle for the altima/maximam. Today manufactuer have a thin line between $$$ and tradition. In most cases if they feel this will bring the $$$ in, tradition will get thrown out the window in alot of cases. I agree that tradition and original ideas should remain with such companies as Cadillac & Lincoln.

Blackout
10-12-06, 06:13 AM
Well if I was in the market for this particular style car this one will be it. As far as getting one for cheaper I wouldn't settle for the altima/maximam. Today manufactuer have a thin line between $$$ and tradition. In most cases if they feel this will bring the $$$ in, tradition will get thrown out the window in alot of cases. I agree that tradition and original ideas should remain with such companies as Cadillac & Lincoln.I would agree but seeing how tradition was taking Lincoln and Cadillac to bankruptcy they needed to step outside the box and look how it helped Cadillac. Lincoln isn't anywhere near as far along in this transition as Cadillac is but I would think that these are the first steps for Lincoln to rebuild their image. They dumped or are dumping soon the Town Car, there's no more Continental, there's no more Mark's except for the Mark LT and every car that is coming out for Lincoln is totally new. So it should be interesting to see as to how this big change for Lincoln will be better or not for sales

AznPrydeRegalRyde
10-15-06, 10:42 PM
I definitely agree with you on a lot of that, Wiseguy2. While I do like the STS inside and out, its interior is, I agree, inferior to is competition, including Lincoln.

However, whats hurting the STS most is exterior design. The cheaply appointed CTS, with its strong character and bold design, is still a hot seller.
Totally agree with what you and Wiseguy said. As is the problem with most brands today...when certain products fail, its generally because of impression, and not on actual merit.

AznPrydeRegalRyde
10-15-06, 10:47 PM
How are they chessy? Do they do their job? yes. Are they different? Yes. They're better then what is currently on the NavigatorGotta agree with you on this. Those guages may not be everyones cup of tea, but they are clean and well executed. LEts not forget what people thought about the CTS in 2002 when it first appeared. Lots of analysts thought this was the end of cadillac. Cheesy is just an opinion. I also like this retro new look.

We gotta remember too, tho, that there are 2 entirely different parts to a well executed interior. Quality and design. You can have a good design like the new cadillacs (say what you want, I like the layout of the CTS), good quality like a new bmw...or you can have both like Audi. I think American manufacturers deserve a pat o the back for the new interior designs. Can you guys honestly say you wouldnt like to look at those square guages, enough not to buy the rig? Where the American companies still fall short, is just like Wiseguy said, quality. Even the newest Explorer has gaps in the dash panels that you could fit rosie o donnell and her ape lover through.

CVP33
11-03-06, 09:18 PM
The yamaha V8 was cancelled according to MT magazine. Too pricey. Poor Ford, they're on the way down............fast. I'm not gloating. This is bad for every American. Well maybe we can be a parts supplier to the Asian car companies.

Blackout
11-05-06, 11:38 AM
The yamaha V8 was cancelled according to MT magazine. Too pricey. Poor Ford, they're on the way down............fast. I'm not gloating. This is bad for every American. Well maybe we can be a parts supplier to the Asian car companies.How are they going down? Have you not been paying attention to SEMA?

CVP33
11-05-06, 05:22 PM
How are they going down? Have you not been paying attention to SEMA?

1) Stock in a downward spiral.
2) Losses in the billions of dollars.
3) Can't shed union workers as quickly as GM already has.
4) Looking to sell Jaguar, Aston and rumors of Volvo too.
5) Clay Ford stepping down as CEO.
6) Ann Stevens EVP and COO quit.
7) Dave Szczupak head of American Manufacturing quit.
8) Alan Mulally = another CEO in the revolving door, this one with no Auto experience.
9) V8 MKS cancelled.
10) Sport Trac Adrenaline cancelled.
11) SVT cancelled / shut down.
12) Ford 500 flop.
13) Ford GT debacle with all of the $150,000 cars being recalled.
14) Volvo Sales down.
15) 14 plants closed and 30,000 workers laid off including the Norfolk truck plant closing - reduced demand for F-150's.
16) 75,000 workers offered buyouts

I must have missed the SEMA news. What, pray tell did Ford do at SEMA that will rescue the company?

Blackout
11-05-06, 07:17 PM
1) Stock in a downward spiral.
2) Losses in the billions of dollars.Same as GM


4) Looking to sell Jaguar, Aston and rumors of Volvo too.Jaguar yes, Aston Martin and Volvo no


5) Clay Ford stepping down as CEO.
6) Ann Stevens EVP and COO quit.
7) Dave Szczupak head of American Manufacturing quit.
8) Alan Mulally = another CEO in the revolving door, this one with no Auto experience.If Ford wasn't doing that well before then why wouldn't cleaning house and bringing in new people not be a good thing?


9) V8 MKS cancelled.
10) Sport Trac Adrenaline cancelled.The V8 MKS isn't that big of a deal because the new 3.5 V6 can be turbo'd with ease so I'm not going to lose to much sleep over that and the Sport Trac Adrenline has been cancelled for damn near a half year or so now


11) SVT cancelled / shut down.SVT is shut down as much as SRT is shut down


12) Ford 500 flop.Its getting a facelift and within the next few years the new Mustang drivetrain will make way for a new sedan possibly the return of the Fairlane or Falcon (can't remember off the top of my head)


13) Ford GT debacle with all of the $150,000 cars being recalled. There was one recall and it was for the front control arm. Ford sent mechanic's too the owner's homes and replaced the part free of charge. I fail to see how that would be considered a bad thing since only 283 units were affected.


14) Volvo Sales down.Damn near all domestic car sales are down. Here's the auto sales as of september
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-forums-lounge-member-introductions/87767-auto-sales-report-september-2006-big.html

BTW when you look at the link scroll down to the top 5 brands and the 20 best selling vehicles. Ford leads both catagories. So Ford is doing fine its just for whatever reason not that good of a year for the auto industry


15) 14 plants closed and 30,000 workers laid off including the Norfolk truck plant closing - reduced demand for F-150's.Once again all domestic sales are down but the F series is still the best selling truck in the US and has nowhere near the drop off that the Chevy F series or Dodge Ram have. From this time last year sales for the Ford have gone down by 77905 units while Chevy has gone down 97778 units and the Ram has gone down 43597. Now the Ram hasn't lost as many units as the other two but by looking at their market share they have gone down more so then the other two.


16) 75,000 workers offered buyoutsDesperate times call for desperate measures


I must have missed the SEMA news. What, pray tell did Ford do at SEMA that will rescue the company?Well you have missed quite a lot. Ford is driving home the performance possibilities of the Mustang especially the GT500 and they are also going back to N/A engines instead of F/I. Here's some of the stuff from SEMA

[QUOTE]2007 Shelby GT500, Paul's High Performance Draggin' Snake
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Blackout
11-05-06, 07:20 PM
Here's some more

2007 Shelby GT500 Road and Track
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AUTOBLOG.COM | Posted Oct 31st 2006 4:32PM by John Neff (http://www.autoblog.com/bloggers/john-neff)

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The Mustang is currently Ford's hottest hand, and at this year's SEMA show the Blue Oval is laying its cards on the table. Front and center in the place of honor within Ford's display are three GT500s, each tuned and tweaked for various activities: a drag racer, hybrid racer/daily driver and full blown racer. The most brash by far was the Shelby GT500 Professional Road Racer, which looked like it just drove out of a video game where such machines can be driven without the fear of injury or death. It features Ford Racing's 5.0-liter Cammer engine producing "more" than the stock GT500's 500 horsepower. The car includes a 6-speed sequential race transmission, and 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers clamp on 2-piece rotors all around. Meanwhile, the suspension's damping can be adjusted three ways to suit track conditions. And how about that GT-spec rear wing that looks right at home on the GT500's short rear deck? Unfortunately, the GT500 Professional Road Racer is just a concept study, though we hope the Blue Oval has the brass to take it out on the track soon to see what it can do.

Check out the Shelby GT500 Draggin' Snake from Paul's High Performance and the Shelby GT500 Road and Track after the jump.

Blackout
11-05-06, 07:22 PM
And some more


PHOTO GALLERY (click on any image to enlarge):

2007 Shelby GT500 Professional Road Racer
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Blackout
11-05-06, 07:23 PM
And finally the return of the Boss 302


autoblog auto news | Posted Oct 31st 2006 7:54AM by Damon Lavrinc (http://www.autoblog.com/bloggers/damon-lavrinc)

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For the past few years, one engine has garnered more attention than any other: Chrysler's Hemi. Between garish badging and a sublimely ridiculous TV advertising campaign, 'Hemi' has become synonymous with large displacement, American power. Ford wants a piece of that branding action too and has re-introduced the Boss 302 V8.
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Originally called the Hurricane, the newly developed V8 underwent a name change to distance itself from a certain disaster off the Gulf Coast. The project was originally shelved in 2005, but Mark Fields decided that the development costs were necessary to compete in a market rife with clever branding strategies.

The 5-liter V8 will make anywhere between 340 and 500 HP, with the base block costing about $1,800 and a fully built unit running between $5k and $10k.

Although the engine is only available in crate form now, the new Boss will find a home under the hood of the 2008 F150, the Shelby GT, a 40th anniversary version of the pony car in 2009, the Boss Mustang, due the same year, and a few other special edition vehicles over the next three years.

More information and live pics are on their way. As always, stay tuned.

[Source: Ford, BlueOvalNews and the Detroit News]

CVP33
11-05-06, 08:27 PM
A few fancy Mustangs will not fix Ford's financial problems. GM's stock is not down. I bought at $24, just prior to Kerkorian announcement and rode it up to $35. Ford's stock is going the other way. GM made bold moves quickly with regard to it's union workers, car designs and shed loads of debt and underperforming assets. Ford has yet to accomplish any of this. Hopefully this new blood from outside the company (boeing) can put Ford's financial house in order. If not, Aston and Jaguar will only be the first casualties, with Mercury and Volvo close behind.

CVP33
11-05-06, 08:39 PM
Caliber SRT-4
Cross Fire SRT-6
300C SRT-8
Magnum SRT-8
Charger SRT-8
Jeep GC SRT-8
Dodge Ram SRT-10
Viper SRT-10

SVT? Dead!
Focus? Who
Fusion? What
500? Where
Mustang? Riding the Shelby name.
Adrenaline? Cancelled.
Lightning? It's a joke.

Ford stock could be a win for somebody. Afterall you could've bought it for $6 and rode it all the way up to $8. That's a win for someone. The only thing that would scare me though is the P/E ratio is 0. Never a good sign.

Blackout
11-05-06, 10:23 PM
Cross Fire SRT-6They can't give the damn things away and will be discontinued


Dodge Ram SRT-10Same here. This is the last year for them



SVT? Dead!
Focus? WhoRumor has it there will be a high performance Focus coming soon. Most likely the Focus RS from Europe. If thats the case it will destroy the SRT-4

Fusion? WhatLast I heard the SVT version has been scrapped but there were also rumors talking about it getting the new 3.5 V6 and it being turbo'd so who knows where they are at

500? WhereWhy bother making a hi-po version when they can't sell the regular version. If the facelifted version sells well maybe Ford will consider it but I doubt it.

Mustang? Riding the Shelby name.You should know as well as anybody that the name sells. SVT developed the whole car Shelby just looked over the project. But with all of the upcoming special editions coming out they will most likely have the SVT monoker ie., Bullit, Boss 302, Mach 1, etc.

Adrenaline? Cancelled.I dunno why you keep on bringing this up because the plan for this was scrapped awhile ago. Should I start bringing up the ME-412?

Lightning? It's a joke.I fail to see how it is a joke when it ceases to exsist. When it was around it took somebody stuffing a V-10 from their halo car to beat a measly V8. But at the end of the day the Lightning still actually had some sort of useability unlike the SRT-10 that you couldn't even tow anything with it. I wish they will bring it back but I haven't heard much about it. I remember reading awhile ago that SVT plans on doing a truck and another car soon but they didn't specifically say as to which one's. Maybe they will have a surprise for us at the Detroit Auto Show

CVP33
11-06-06, 06:59 PM
You're right about the Lightning. I was thinking of the new Roushe (spic) F-150. That's a joke. :highfive:

Blackout
11-06-06, 08:42 PM
You're right about the Lightning. I was thinking of the new Roushe (spic) F-150. That's a joke. :highfive:That Rousch F-150 I wasn't too impressed with. It's alright but it is kinda boring looking. But this is from Ford and this is more like it! BTW this was another SEMA vehicle from Ford


AUTOBLOG.COM | Posted Oct 24th 2006 2:13PM by John Neff (http://www.autoblog.com/bloggers/john-neff/)

(http://www.autoblog.com/category/ford/)
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The second vehicle Ford showed off yesterday was the F-150 FX2 Sport Extreme truck. Again, the theme is that anybody with a big enough wallet could build this truck using accessories and parts from Ford's performance and accessories catalogue. The truck's new name is justified thanks to a Ford Racing screw-type supercharger, ceramic-coated headers and Ford Racing side exhausts that helps the 5.4-liter V8 churn out 450 horsepower. Aww, brings back memories of SVT Lightnings liquefying their rear rubber at will. The FX2 Sport Extreme is also dressed up with more Ford appearance accessories like a dark billet grille, headlamp treatments, a fiberglass tonneau cover and what are described as "unique" wheels that look an awful lot like GT500 rims. Inside are technological treats like headrest-mounted screens and a line-in on top of the dash. Again, check out the Read link for a full gallery of pics provided by the Jalopalites.

[Source: Jalopnik]