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Ford Reveals Two Concepts for NAIAS 2007

January 3, 2007

Ford Motor Co. will premiere two concepts—the Ford Interceptor and the Lincoln MKR—at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.Based on the Ford Mustang, the Interceptor features traditional rear-wheel-drive proportions. Its Ford Racing 5.0-liter Cammer engine runs on E-85 ethanol and produces 400 horsepower. This engine powered the Mustang FR500C to the 2005 Grand-Am Cup Championship in its first year of competition. The performance engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.Ford Interceptor The Interceptor incorporates Ford's patented four-point "belt and suspenders" design in the front and rear seats. In addition, inflatable safety belts are included for rear seat passengers.Ford said the customer target for the sedan is a customer who seeks power and performance but is responsible to the environment and appreciates safety.The Lincoln MKR is powered by a new TwinForce engine, marking a new engine family for Ford. The concept's 3.5-liter V6 gasoline twin-turbo direct injection engine delivers 415 horsepower and 400 lbs.-ft. of torque. It also runs on E-85 ethanol in the Lincoln MKR concept.The MKR is designed to deliver "guilt-free" luxury, with environmentally friendly materials, including chrome-free leather and renewable resources such as a reengineered oak instrument panel, mohair carpet and soy seat foam.Ford said some of the design elements on the MKR are likely to appear on future production Lincolns, including the concept’s most dramatic feature: the double-wing grille inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.
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