This 1969 Mustang Boss 429 continuation car makes 815 hp

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Classic Recreations, the custom fabricators from Oklahoma, has rolled into SEMA in Las Vegas with a continuation 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 that features a custom-built crate engine making 815 horsepower.

Swathed in monochromatic “Vengeance Black” paint, the racing pony car was built from an original 1969 Mustang body and restored to factory condition. It’s the first vehicle released under Classic’s new license with Ford, which also permits it to offer continuation versions of the 1969-1970 Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs. The Boss 429 was born when Ford, eyeing intense NASCAR competition from Chrysler, developed a new 429 cubic-inch, 375-hp V8 for the Mustang. Fordbuilt fewer than 900 of them for the 1969 model year and just under 500 for 1970, the only two years they were built.

“The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them,” Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel said in a statement. “This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech, these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

This continuation version brings a 546 cubic-inch (8.9-liter) mated to a Tremec manual transmission. It also features an updated valve train, electronic fuel injection and engine management systems. There’s also a four-link rear suspension and front tubular upper and lower control arms with adjustable coilovers and oversized sway bars for stability at high speeds. It’s also been fitted with stainless steel performance mufflers and long tube headers to accentuate the aggressive sound and allow the engine to breathe.

Elsewhere, the Boss 429 gets Michelin Pilot Sport tires mounted to all-new forged aluminum 18-inch wheels made by American Racing and zinc-washed rotors mated to six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers. There’s also a tilt column and complete rack-and-pinion steering conversion. There are also Kicker Audio speakers, a custom console, aluminum steering wheel and factory Boss 429 200-mph gauges.

The custom conversion Boss 429 starts at $209,000.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Honda Accord Video Review | ‘Handsome, well-rounded and still really fun to drive’

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New Hampshire is a wonderful and beautiful place in the fall. Just south of Mount Washington in the middle of the state rests some of the most perfect stretches of pavement in the nation. It isn’t just the smooth, winding asphalt that curves and slices its way through the hilly countryside. It’s the way the autumn leaves fly up in your wake as you bomb down the highway. It’s the light playing off the hills and rocks as it rises and falls behind the mountains. It’s the way the exhaust echos off the trees as you fly on through. It was open season, and I was wielding the all-new 2018 Honda Accord.

Now, the Accord isn’t a sports car. If you want a Honda that can really handle, you’re better off sticking with the Civic Si or Civic Type R. That said, those cars feel immature and garish when compared with handsome new Accord. And there’s still plenty of fun to be had. There are two powertrains currently available for the Accord, though a hybrid variant is coming soon. The base car gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline four making 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine is plucked straight from the engine bay of the Civic Type R. That turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

Still, the new Accord is so much more than just a fresh face and a couple of new engines. Watch the video for our complete review of the latest and greatest sedan from Honda.

[Source: Autoblog]

Some of our favorite Ford truck and SUV concepts coming to SEMA

Ford’s booth at SEMA is going to be a packed one this year. The company already revealed four custom Focus hatches and six modded Mustangs that will be on display. Now the company has announced another 11 trucks and SUVs that will sit alongside the cars. Among them are Expeditions, F-150s, F-250s, and a lone EcoSport. The F-150 is by far the most popular platform, with six custom shops modding the truck for the show. You can see all eleven of them above, and you can check out our favorites of each model down below, listed from smallest to largest.

2018 Ford EcoSport by Vaccar

Ford EcoSport by Vaccar

What is it?
Ford’s new-to-the-U.S. EcoSport gets the custom treatment from Vaccar. The modifications are fairly limited. Under the hood is a standard 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that’s livened up with a cold-air intake and axle-back exhaust. It should also be more responsive with the recalibrated throttle-by-wire gas pedal. The little crossover also is better suited to dirt roads with large fender flares and bigger all-terrain tires. Ford roof rail bars and some aftermarket amber LED light bars complete the exterior. Occupants of the EcoSport will be treated to better sound courtesy of the upgraded sound system and 10-inch subwoofer.

Why we like it.
Well it’s the only EcoSport here, so besides being our favorite by default, we also like that at least one company is taking a stab at making the little trucklet interesting. It probably doesn’t go much faster with the limited performance upgrades and bigger heavier tires, but it does look better than a stock model, and should sound better, too. Maybe in the future we’ll see more ambitious custom EcoSports. It is based on the outgoing Fiesta, so it would be really cool to see someone fit the Fiesta ST powertrain in one. Maybe add back the hatch-mounted spare available overseas. Or if Ford would like to do one (or both) of those things, we wouldn’t object.

2018 Ford Expedition by LGE-CTS Motorsports

Ford Expedition by LGE-CTS Motorsports

What is it?
This Expedition is another off-road oriented vehicle. It features a lifted suspension with coilovers and big fender flares to fit 35-inch mud-terrain tires. Those big tires are stopped by larger brakes, and the EcoBoost V6 enginebenefits from a cat-back exhaust. Custom off-road bumpers and roof rack from LGE CTS Motorsports are also attached to the truck. It’s ready for camping trips, too, with a roof-top tent above, and a refrigerator and safe inside.

Why we like it.
It’s an Expedition that’s actually ready for some expeditions. It now has a place to sleep and a place to keep food. With all the storage space, this would be perfect for the outdoorsman with room for toys or more supplies. It’s also a nice example of how you don’t need to go crazy to have a solid off-roader. Add some suspension lift and some bigger tires and you’re good to go. We also appreciate the addition of upgraded brakes, something that isn’t a bad idea when dealing with heavy vehicles and bigger, heavier wheels and tires.

2017 Ford F-150 RTR Muscle Truck by RTR Vehicles

Ford F-150 by RTR Vehicles

What is it?
RTR Vehicles took a V8 F-150 and prepped it for high-speed off-road duty. The engine simply has a custom exhaust, but the suspension is upgraded with long-travel shocks all around, and extended control arms up front. It’s also supported by heavy duty springs for additional load capacity. Visually, it features RTR’s custom tailgate, fender flares, and grille. The grille has the same style of accent lights as the version available for the 2015-and-up Ford Mustang. Under the flares are off-road tires, and a skid plate protects the under side of the truck.

Why we like it.
We don’t have anything against the EcoBoost V6 in the current Ford F-150 Raptor. But as good as it is, it still doesn’t make those sweet burbly noises the old V8 did. As such, we’re happy to see RTR build what is basically a new generation V8 Raptor. It’s also cool to see a company turn a regular F-150 into a real Raptor competitor.

2017 Ford F-250 Project SD126 by BDS

Ford F-250 by BDS

What is it?
This F-250 is both the smallest and biggest F-250 you may see running around. It’s among the smallest because BDS took a stock regular cab F-250, and shortened it to accommodate a short bed (not available on Super Duty Fords) and thus be more capable off road with a greater breakover angle and less truck to have to maneuver. The shorter length also supplied the truck with its name, as it now has a 126-inch wheelbase. It’s also one of the biggest Super Duty trucks because it’s been lifted to fit gargantuan 42-inch off-road tires. Supporting the body, which has wide fiberglass fenders to fit over the tires, are Fox coilovers that have 14 inches of travel. Additional upgrades include F-450 axles, a cold-air intake, upgraded exhaust, engine tune, winch, and 40-inch LED light bar.

Why we like it
Come on, this thing is basically a Tonka truck brought to life. It’s huge. It’s orange. It has a big powerful diesel. It’s even tastefully done, for a giant orange truck. It doesn’t have gaudy graphics, overwrought wheels, or too many lights. Plus it has some legitimate off-road parts under it. It hits every note just right.

[Source: Autoblog]

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler is definitely a Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep is hiding details on the new Wrangler about as well as a colander holds water. The good people over at JL Wrangler Forums have managed to get ahold of some new images of the next-gen Wrangler. Surprise! It looks exactly how we expected it to look. These new images give us our best view yet, showing a number of details that we couldn’t even glean from spy photos. Enthusiasts can put down their pitchforks. The Wrangler can still go topless.

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The two images – one of the front and one of the rear – show off what appears to be a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The second photo is notable since it finally confirms that the doors and roof are fully removable, a feature that some feared would disappear with the new model. It looks like a fixed roll cage will help strengthen the Wrangler and protect occupants in the case of an accident. Hinges up front mean the windshield is still able to fold forward as well.

The rest of the Wrangler, though all new, just updates the Jeep’s timeless design. Up front, the grille is canted rearward at the top, the fog lights move to the ends of the bumper, the turn signals move to the front of the fender, and the hood latches are pushed forward a bit. The windshield appears to be a bit more upright and less curved than the current model.

Around the side, we can see new vents behind the rear fenders. The door hinges looks smaller, and the mirrors have integrated side marker lights. There is a new line that cuts below the windows, flowing to the rear of the Wrangler.

At the back, we can see that the tail lights now wrap around to the Wrangler’s side, though they still look like the square lights we’ve always had. There is no sight of a rear-mounted spare, but plenty of spy shots have shown that it should carry over, new backup camera and all. It also looks like the new mounting points for the roll cage should provide a bit more cargo space.

Look for more news, images, and renders as the Wrangler’s development moves along.

[Source: Autoblog]

Portland Ford dealer presents the 2018 EcoSport

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Your Portland Ford dealer is excited! Mackenzie Ford in Hillsboro would like to introduce you to the 2018 Ford EcoSport, for sale early 2018 in Oregon. For more information please contact us  (844) 424-8102.

The EcoSport – a fun, capable, connected compact SUV – stars in the world’s first-ever vehicle reveal on Snapchat, kicking off a Hollywood pop-up event open to the public through Wednesday evening.

The interactive event showcases how EcoSport is a perfect companion for those who believe in going small and living big.

“More people are choosing to spend their time and money sharing experiences with friends and family instead of buying more stuff,” said Chantel Lenard, ‎executive director, Ford U.S. marketing. “EcoSport fits perfectly into this growing lifestyle. It’s our smallest SUV, packed with features and personality.”

Fun sound, color and style
EcoSport’s available premium B&O PLAY audio system brings your music to life. HARMAN acoustic engineers spent hundreds of hours perfecting the in-vehicle music experience.

The Ford-exclusive B&O PLAY audio system, standard on EcoSport Titanium, features 10 speakers, including B&O PLAY-branded tweeters and woofers in the front doors and a subwoofer in back. The 675-watt system unlocks the power of your favorite music and transforms every drive into a “living big” experience.

EcoSport also features available HD Radio technology, SiriusXM® satellite radio and a dual FM radio antenna that boosts the range and clarity of FM signals.

Customers looking to stand apart from the crowd will find plenty of ways to personalize their EcoSport. Along with 10 exterior color choices, there are seven ambient lighting options and four trim level offerings – S, SE, SES and Titanium. All series feature a swing-gate-style tailgate.

The personality-packed SES series makes the biggest splash. It features Intelligent 4WD, sport-tuned suspension and steering, and unique styling cues inside and out – including bold copper accents for the interior and sport seats.

Connected technology
EcoSport makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family with SYNC® 3, Ford’s communications and entertainment system. Faster, more intuitive and easier to use, the system provides more conversational voice recognition and enhanced response to driver commands. Optimized for hands-free use, SYNC 3 for EcoSport is coupled with a touch screen similar to a smartphone or tablet. The 8-inch screen gives front-row occupants easy access to operate available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto commands, and B&O PLAY audio settings.

Drivers also have the ability to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from almost anywhere using available SYNC Connect with FordPass®. The mobile app lets owners view vehicle information, such as the fuel level and odometer reading, when not in the vehicle.

EcoSport features two fast-charging USB ports to ensure owners’ devices are always juiced. Plus, there’s a 12-volt power outlet. An available 110-volt outlet positioned behind the center console and another 12-volt outlet allow rear-seat passengers to stay plugged in, too.

Capable, powerful and sporty
Equipped with either the award-winning, 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost® or 2.0-liter four-cylinder, EcoSport provides power and control. Drivers opting for the 2.0-liter engine get Ford’s Intelligent 4WD standard. Both come with six-speed automatic transmissions.

As many as 30 stowage pockets, bins, hooks make efficient use of every interior inch. A cargo management system at the rear features a movable floor board and fold-away second-row seats to provide a flat area for moving furniture and other larger items.

EcoSport consumer experience in Hollywood
Located at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the Ford EcoSport Go Small, Live Big experience is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 10 p.m. Registration and tickets are managed by FordPresents.com.

The EcoSport event consumer experiences include:

  • Small stage, big entertainment: A sound and light environment showcases the EcoSport’s available B&O PLAY audio system, ambient lighting and LED display. Special musical performances include Chromeo (DJ set), Echosmith, Phillip Phillips, Atlas Genius and Chord Overstreet – plus a popular DJ for the big reveal
  • Small bites, big flavor: Downtown L.A.’s super-trendy Smorgasburg hosts local food vendors. Mama Musubi, Donut Friend, Goa Taco and Amazebowls serve up bite-sized food, while Paloma’s Paletas and Wanderlust Creamery are on hand with food carts
  • Small footprint, big life: Two tiny homes from 84LUMBER – a cabin and a beach cottage – are on display. Both are less than 200 square feet and inspired by EcoSport’s personality and spirit of adventure. These custom art installations by L.A.-based Onch Movement and “The Most Famous Artist” Matty Mo encourage stylish, simple living. After the event, Ford and 84LUMBER are donating one of the homes in partnership with the Ron Finley Project – a south Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy communities
  • Small animals, big joy: Los Angeles Wildlife Learning Center experts teach you about the group’s tiny rescue animals, including owls, chinchillas, foxes, sugar gliders, prairie dogs, bunnies and hedgehogs
  • Small beach, big oasis: Paying homage to Venice Beach, surf culture comes alive with real sand and Surfset Fitness, surf-inspired exercise equipment and group fitness classes via the world’s first total body surf trainer designed to mimic the instability of a surfboard on water. Nail artist group Cutepolish features the hottest nail art designs, do-it-yourself nail techniques and trendy polish styles

EcoSport visitors also can share their experiences on social media platforms. Collect and share unique Snapchat geo-filters, an all-new Snapchat innovation exclusive to Ford’s EcoSport consumer experience. An overall Snapchat geo-filter allows attendees to post unique Go Small, Live Big content.

2018 Ford F-150 sheds more camo in latest spy shots

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A fresh batch of spy shots gives us an even better look at the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150. The truck in the previous photos wore a bra that hid the entire front end, but this time Ford sent a pickup out with just some light camouflage.

While this F-150 prototype has updates compared to the current truck, the tweaks don’t appear as significant as on the pickup with the bra. The hood looks smoother than the current F-150, and extra camouflage just behind the front wheels suggests the possibility of fender vents like on the latest F-Series Super Duty. However, the previous F-150 we saw seemed to have major changes to the grille and possibly new headlights. Neither of those tweaks were visible in the latest spy shots, but perhaps Ford has been evaluating different updates on multiple prototypes. This round of shots also has strange cutouts on the front fenders.

Under the hood, expect the 2018 Ford F-150 to be available with a diesel engine. A video already confirms that the powerplant is under evaluation for the truck. A rumor suggests the pickup might use Jaguar Land Rover’s 3.0-liter V6 with 254 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. If the Blue Oval combines it with the 10-speed automatic from the Raptor, the result could be one of the more efficient pickups in the class. We don’t expect Ford to drop any official details about what’s up its sleeve until closer to the next model year.

[Source: Autoblog]