9 Ford is finally working on high-performance SUVs

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"Look out, Dodge Durango SRT" - Ford is showing off Explorer ST - a 400 hp, rear-wheel-drive sports utility that will probably hit 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

4.8 is 0.4 seconds slower than the Durango, but it is a rear-wheel-drive instead of AWD. Explorer ST will probably keep up with the Durango SRT and beat it by few seconds after the 1/4-mile. It will be about 300-400 lbs lighter than the Durango as well, so be prepared for intriguing drag race between the two.

It is also likely that Ford is working on even faster RS version of the Explorer to rival best of FCA SUVs (Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Maserati Levante Trofeo, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio), VW SUVs (Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga W12, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Audi RS Q5/Q8), as well as a brand new BMW X M-series and Mercedes-AMG GL SUVs.

The RS should come with either a variant of the 647 hp EcoBoost engine found in Ford GT supercar or the upcoming 700+ hp Shelby GT500 Mustang Predator engine.

2m ago by hostboy
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BR2+  2m ago

Theres isnt gonna be no explorere with 700bhp+ or and Ford suv that comes close to these super suvs, article shouldbt even be here


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FastestLaps  2m ago

I can see a 500+ hp Ford SUV happening. Just like the Jeep SRT8 happened. It is a legit niche with some profit to be made.

Having said that - the fuel prices are creeping back up again and desire for vehicles like this might go down.

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hostboy  2m ago @FastestLaps

Ford has no desire for sedans so there's a middle chance of a 600+ hp Ford SUV too (maybe just for the North American market, though)

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hostboy  2m ago @FastestLaps

But remember when Chevy built the TrailBlazer SS and Saab remade it as the 9-7X Aero?!

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FastestLaps  2m ago

World's fastest people carrier? With 2wd it ain't no real offroader. With a wheelbase this long the ground clearance isn't super either.


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General Castilla  2m ago

fordy and the other murican acnm (auto-chicken-nugget-makers) need to work on its safety features first before thinking of going the high performance way.

this is supposed to be their heavy duty truck, which don't look heavy duty to me




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hostboy  2m ago @General Castilla

F-150 ain't heavy duty, kid. Only F-250/350/450/550, Silverado 2500/3500/4500/5500, and Ram 2500/3500/4500/5500 are considered heavy duty.

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General Castilla  2m ago @hostboy

heavy duty with fender stickers lol


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