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There were a great many exciting debuts at this week’s media days of the 2015 North American International Auto Show including (but certainly not limited to) the new Ford GT, the Ford Shelby G350R Mustang, the SVT Raptor F150, the Ram Rebel, the new Chevy Volt, the new Chevy Bolt Concept, the new Toyota Tacoma, the next Lincoln MKX, the Lexus GS-F, the Audi Q7, the Cadillac CTS-V and much, much more. Patrick Rall reports from TorqueNews.com.

However, none of the concept or production vehicles that debuted in Cobo Hall this week made as big of a splash as the trio of high performance Ford products so while no one really “wins” the auto show – there is no question that the Ford brand stole the show during media days and it will almost certainly be the star of the show when the public pours into Cobo tomorrow.

The SVT Raptor Leads a Strong Truck Class
Although the details of the new Ford SVT Raptor F150 are limited thus far, no truck at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show has gotten as much attention as the mighty Raptor. The Toyota Tacoma will likely be the bestseller of the group of trucks to debut this week and the Ram brand stole some attention from the green crowd with their new HFE package that offers 29 miles per gallon on the highway – but neither of these trucks are as critically acclaimed as the new F150 Raptor.

The 2017 Ford F150 SVT Raptor is powered by a new SVT-tuned EcoBoost V6 that is promised to deliver more power than the outgoing Raptor, which pulled 411 horsepower and 434lb-ft of torque from the 6.2L V8. Once the actual figures for the new Raptor are announced, there is a good chance that this off-road ready F150 will be the most powerful truck in the half ton segment.

The Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Brings Added Performance
The new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has been the talk of the pony car town since it debuted last year in LA, but at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford rolled out the new “R” version of the latest Shelby Mustang. This new Shelby GT350R Mustang could very well knock off the Camaro Z/28, which would make it the best handling pony car of all time. Like the Raptor, we don’t know exactly how much power the new GT350R will have when it hits showrooms, but Ford is promising figures over 500 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque.

The Ford GT is the Next Great American Supercar
Dodge has the Viper, Chevrolet has the Corvette Z06, but for almost 10 years, Ford Motor Company has not had a proper supercar to compete with the crosstown rivals – or the European exotics. That all changes with the 2016 Ford GT, which brings back the mid-engine design to the American auto industry in a sleek, sexy supercar.

We knew that the new Ford GT supercar was coming, but no one really expected that it would be powered by a similar 3.5L EcoBoost V6 to what is used in the Ford F150, the Taurus SHO and other FoMoCo vehicles. Again, there are no solid power numbers for the new GT, but the automaker has promised that it would pack at least 600 horsepower and with the low curb weight of the aluminum and carbon fiber beast, that should be enough to allow the newest Ford supercar to compete with the best from Dodge and Chevrolet.

Lots More Performance All Around
In addition to the three new performance vehicles that debuted earlier this week, the Ford display is chock full of new and classic performance vehicles. Joining the Raptor, the GT350R and the new GT is the GT350 Mustang, the 2015 Ford Mustang lineup, the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST, a classic GT40 race car, a 2006 Ford GT and the new F150 lineup.

So, while there is no official winner for any auto show, the collection of high performance vehicles from Ford Motor Company stole the show during the media days and that trio will almost certainly have the same impact when the public hits the show floor tomorrow.
 

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Ford failed with the s550 gt350r. Beating an archaic camaro around the ring is laughable. When they man up..make it light and start blowing c6 z06 times off the ring board they will have my attention.
 

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Ford failed with the s550 gt350r. Beating an archaic camaro around the ring is laughable. When they man up..make it light and start blowing c6 z06 times off the ring board they will have my attention.

This post is wrong on so many levels. Since when the the z/28 old fashion? It looks like **** and the interior looks even worse but it ain't old fashion.

The Mustang is NOT a comparison with the Corvette. It never has been. This new gt350 is absolutely bat****, carbon fiber, carbon fiber wheels on the R, carbon ceramic brakes etc. We don't even know what it runs yet, I haven't seen any official times posted.

That being said, vettes and these cars never get open tracked. If they did, they would'nt run nearly as fast because most owners have no idea what they're doing. People can't even do a simple burnout without wrecking.
 

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The z-28 is ...ok 3800# after a hefty diet ..it's pretty shameful. That being said..what I'm getting at is the gt350 does absolutely nothing for me..yeah the flat plane crank is cool and carbon fiber junk is fun..but it still can't get a 08 c6z around the ring.. If ford wanted to make a truly remarkable mustang it would weigh less than the previous generation..(3300# would suffice..They found 700# in the f150 why add weight to the already heavy mustang) installed a gen 2 2.7/3.5 eco completely bypassing the heavy camaro and hitting chevy where it hurts. But no ..the s197 was a complete ball to drive and own where the s550 is numb , boring and heavy.
 

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Ford failed with the s550 gt350r. Beating an archaic camaro around the ring is laughable. When they man up..make it light and start blowing c6 z06 times off the ring board they will have my attention.
I think it did get your attention because you read enough about it you formed an opinion already.
 

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I've driven a S550 over 80 hrs across the country for the past few months to shows and absolutely love the car. Love to try out the new 350R.

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