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Urthman 01-02-2007 10:49 AM

Ford Interceptor
 
http://www.cnn.com/2007/AUTOS/01/02/...tor/index.html

Ford reveals Mustang-based concept
400-horsepower 4-door concept has underpinnings of famous sibling, but with more room for kids.
POSTED: 10:42 a.m. EST, January 2, 2007

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford Motor Co. will introduce a 4-door, V-8 concept-car carrying most of the mechanical underpinnings of its popular Mustang sports car, the company said in a recent statement.

With its six-speed manual gearbox, low roof-line and massive 22-inch wheels, the design is targeted at driving enthusiasts looking for a bold design but who can't fit the family in a two-door coupe.

The car will be officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

The Interceptor is similar in design and spirit to Chrysler's popular Dodge Charger sedan.

"The Interceptor concept is a sedan, but with the heart and soul of a performance car," Freeman Thomas, director of Ford's North American strategic design department, said in a statement.

Powering the square-shouldered sedan is a 400-horsepower Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 engine, a variant of the 4.6-liter currently in the Mustang GT.

Like the Mustang, the car is rear-wheel drive with a solid rear axle.

Inside, the interceptor boasts a black leather interior with contrasting caramel stitching on the seats.

Other features include a speedometer and tachometer with needles that start at the center and move opposite each other as speed and RPM climb. Ford internationally kept many other extras out of the cabin.

"This car is about restraint, and not clouding the driving experience with too much technology," said Thomas. "There aren't a lot of layers between the driver and the road."

The car's four bucket seats sport four-point seat belts that go over both shoulders. The rear seats have belts that inflate in the event of a crash to minimize belt-related injuries.

Urthman 01-02-2007 11:01 AM

Here's a more in depth article:

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=118988

The Bold and the Brutiful: Ford designs another rear-drive sport sedan concept
By Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit Email


Date posted: 12-30-2006

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We can't shake the feeling that we've seen the Ford Interceptor concept car before.

It's certainly not because we've actually seen the rear-drive, 400-horsepower sedan with our own two eyes. The picture here is a computer-generated illustration. The only people likely to see the actual Interceptor before Ford pulls off the sheet at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show on January 7 are the guys who are right now hurriedly building the car in California.

Haven't we met somewhere before?
The Interceptor could seem familiar because about five years ago, Ford unveiled another concept vehicle named Interceptor. But that was a Crown Victoria police cruiser with a modified front end and it hasn't seen the light of day.

The new Interceptor concept might also look familiar simply because of its three-bar chrome front grille — the new face of Ford production cars starting with the Fusion. And, in truth, the Interceptor is not at all dissimilar to the rear-drive, 590-hp 427 concept sedan Ford unveiled four years ago.

According to Ford, the Interceptor mimics the "design language" of last year's huge and brutish concept pickup truck, the F-250 Super Chief.

In fact, the one thing that has no bearing whatsoever on the Interceptor is the Mustang, which Ford is eager to mention in the same breath with the new concept. This is understandable since the Mustang is the one product that generates excitement for the ailing automaker.

Modern Galaxie
But forget the Mustang. The Interceptor is a different size, uses a different suspension system both front and rear and couldn't look less like a Mustang. It's better to think of the Interceptor as a modern Galaxie, or what a Ford competitor for the Chrysler 300C might look like. Or think of the Interceptor as a concept for how to properly do a Mercury Marauder, the ill-conceived muscle sedan of a few years ago.

Under the Interceptor's clamshell hood and "shaker" hood scoop is a 5.0-liter "Cammer" V8 snatched from the Ford Racing program, and it's bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, so the Interceptor would have the muscle that the Marauder lacked. We say "would" because, although Ford has spent years toying with the concept of a quintessentially American-style, rear-drive performance sedan, there's little hope a car like the Interceptor will make it to Ford dealerships any time soon.

Unless Ford copies a page out of GM's recent playbook and imports a version of its Australian rear-drive platform, the company simply does not have the vehicle architecture to build the Interceptor. And the company, in the midst of a huge financial crisis, doesn't have a whole lot of money to throw around either.

Brutiful
You've got to admire designers. They can get away with wearing the most elaborately engineered and/or odd eyeglasses. They never seem to have to wear ties. And they are apparently allowed to make up their own words.

Ford designer Freeman Thomas, the man credited with designing the original TT while at VW/Audi, uses the term "brutiful" to describe the Interceptor. This contraction of the words "brutish" and "beautiful" appears in no dictionary, but we suppose it describes the look of the Interceptor as well as any other made-up word.

Certainly the sedan's unadorned panels, blockish demeanor and blunt nose are brutish. But beautiful? Well, that's a matter of opinion. But the Interceptor does not look as chunky or heavy-handed as, say, the Chrysler 300C. The Ford has a certain simple grace to it. The Interceptor has little ornamentation and none of the crazy creases and bulges that BMW and Mercedes favor.

Neither does the Interceptor have any wedge to its profile. Typically, the front of even a sedan will look lower than the rear. The Interceptor is almost perfectly horizontal, front to rear. Thomas says this makes the vehicle "self-confident." It is also what gives the Interceptor its vintage Galaxie vibe. The emphasis on the horizontal also makes the Interceptor appear much longer than it is. It's almost exactly the same length as a Ford Five Hundred and about a foot shorter than a Crown Victoria.

Squircles
If you had a hard time swallowing the term brutiful, try "squircles." A squircle, as Ford defines it, is a "professionally square circle." Or in English: squares with rounded corners. No word on what Ford believes an "amateur square circle" might be called.

Anyway, the Interceptor is apparently all about squircles. The basic body shape is a squircle — or whatever a rounded rectangle might be called. The gauges are squircles. The grommets in the backs of the seats are squircles. Possibly, when you sit in the vehicle you, too, become a squircle.

Thomas says that squircles are a consistent design element of Fords "through the ages." We're going to take his word for that one. Perhaps those designer eyeglasses help with identifying such things.

The Interceptor looks like an Apple iPod that's lying flat on its back — a pleasantly rounded, squat block of simplicity and a bit of shininess. And, now that we look at it, we suppose an iPod is a squircle.

Reality bites
The reality for Ford is that the Interceptor will likely operate only as a design inspiration for more practical future production models, just as the 427 concept did for the Fusion. Think of the Interceptor as a further evolution of the company's soon-to-be-ubiquitous three-bar grille and an indication that Ford plans to squirclize (we made that word up all on our own) its hard edges.

But we want the Interceptor. We've grown to quite like the look of it, even if we haven't yet seen it in person. And we love the idea of it. But we want the whole thing — the V8, the six-speed manual, the gated shifter, the limited-slip differential, the independent rear suspension, the coarse-leather low-bucket seats, even the 22-inch wheels — not just the basic style of it, applied to some front-drive, automatic-equipped car. Oh, and we want ours in black. Thank you.

TAG UR IT 01-02-2007 11:18 AM

That's a nice looking concept. I'd sport one! I'd even love to see that become a new police interceptor. Looks like they will release it on the 7th...prolly the same day as the Camaro! Just 5 days away!!!

Zyreal 01-02-2007 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by TAG UR IT (Post 4193)
That's a nice looking concept. I'd sport one! I'd even love to see that become a new police interceptor. Looks like they will release it on the 7th...prolly the same day as the Camaro! Just 5 days away!!!


I'd honestly hate to see that as the new cruiser...

I like my Charger thank-you-very-much.

TAG UR IT 01-02-2007 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Zyreal (Post 4202)
I'd honestly hate to see that as the new cruiser...

I like my Charger thank-you-very-much.

:laugh: It sucks when you're stuck w/ the same old Crown Vic day in day out and you have the option of a Charger, but the higher ups won't go for it due to cost. I'd go for a Charger first and foremost. I love them and they're cumfy as hell. All I know about this other car is what we see in this pic. I just think it would be a little more fun driving anything else than a Vic, is all.

Yeah, I'd drive this for work.

DJGreggieP 01-05-2007 08:57 AM

I know I speak for myself when I say it sucks getting out of the back seat of those damn crown vic patrol cars with big feet, and there is like 3 inches of space to fit your other foot thru lol, so if this new interceptor has more rear foot room Im all for it, especially since I know that when I get my camaro back on the road I will be seeing alot of time in their back seat lol..
From the looks of the car it will fit right in with the new camaros and mustabgs, and the challenger, and of course the insane Caddillac Sixteen

LowRider 01-05-2007 11:02 AM

I think that F***in thing is A** ugly.

Tran 01-05-2007 03:34 PM

Interesting write-up on buildling and preparing a concept car for its debut
 
This happens to be about the Ford Interceptor showing at Detroit, but interesting insight nonetheless.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...ept-usat_x.htm

Bruno 01-06-2007 12:22 PM

$1-$5 million per concept!? 18,000 man hours!?

Had no idea it would take that much money and time.

official_style 01-06-2007 07:37 PM

looks like a bite off the 300c. why can ford not design anything good except the mustang?

TAG UR IT 01-07-2007 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by DJGreggieP (Post 4350)
I know I speak for myself when I say it sucks getting out of the back seat of those damn crown vic patrol cars with big feet, and there is like 3 inches of space to fit your other foot thru lol, so if this new interceptor has more rear foot room Im all for it, especially since I know that when I get my camaro back on the road I will be seeing alot of time in their back seat lol..

:laugh:

You better not! :D

ChevyNut 01-07-2007 11:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LowRider (Post 4363)
I think that F***in thing is A** ugly.

:thumbsup: Agreed that thing is FUGLY

KILLER74Z28 01-10-2007 07:37 PM

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...0402/70110039/

DWELCH 01-19-2007 07:35 AM

I think it shows that Ford is trying to make a change ......more open to better, sporter, car line

TAG UR IT 07-23-2007 04:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Z28 (Post 16657)
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http://news.windingroad.com/photo-ga...serialNumber=2

Which is why when Ford invited us to drive a few concept cars at its Dearborn Development Center recently, one word kept growling through our heads: INTERCEPTOR. Standing next to this sleek looking beast as its engine came to life was thrilling and chilling, despite the hot summer sun. Throaty V-8? Check. Six-speed manual? Check.

According to Ford, “the Interceptor comes equipped with a manual six-speed gearbox mated to a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine that delivers 400 horsepower and runs on E-85 ethanol. It is a powerful sedan that draws on the cues of one of last year’s big hits for Ford at Detroit’s auto show.” We weren’t able to so much as pay lip service to most of those under-hood thoroughbreds, but the Cammer engine is a winner in other applications, and we see no reason why it wouldn’t shine here.

Again, PLEASE check the search key at the top of the screen before making new threads. I tried it and hey...I found this thread. Yes, I merged your thread here for you...:help:

Mr. Wyndham 07-23-2007 07:42 PM

I realize TAG already said this. But don't become too "New Thread" button-happy. It's as much a pain to everyone else as it is to TAG, we have to review all the threads, because we have no lives.;)

Jak 07-23-2007 08:42 PM

Damn, what'd ford do, whip it with an ugly stick?

Mr. Wyndham 07-24-2007 11:03 AM

It's too...IDK, actually!! It's got an attractiveness to it, but in a bland way, if that makes sense...

Silverado 07-24-2007 01:48 PM

I like it...did I just say that about a Ford?....LOL....

I like it enough to say with some tweaks it would be a real nice looking car. Maybe it's the grill, maybe it just needs a little less chrome....I don't know for sure, but it's definitely got potential and it could easily become production ready.

If Ford can tweak it right, they have themselves a nice looking full-size car that should continue their large-car market dominance.

Shoot, with that long hood, they could drop their V-10 in there, crease the bodywork a little bit, change out wheels, upgrade the interior and create one hell of a new Lincoln to compete in the big luxury car market.

I love the color too, that blue is awesome....looks good with the chrome wheels too....


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