I wonder what is causing this. Could Ford be hurting that bad
financially? Read on... though it does get better... there is some
Ford to drop SVT Focus, suspend performance lineup
By Eric Mayne / The Detroit News
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DEARBORN -- Ford Motor Co. is killing its high performance SVT Focus
coupe next year and suspending production of the entire Special
Vehicle Team lineup for the 2005 model year, the company said Friday.
"It will hurt us," said Dean Sellers, general manager of Dean Sellers
Ford in Troy. "But it won't be devastating."
Ford's next scheduled model year for SVT products will be 2006. But
its lineup - the Mustang Cobra and F-150 Lightning - will be based on
new platforms and offer increased levels of performance.
NoOp Comment: Okay, this is good.
John Coletti, SVT's chief engineer, said the 2006 Lightning will be
powered by an engine similar to the one featured in the 500-horsepower
Ford GT, which debuts next year.
NoOp Comment: Brent, you were correct. The GT's motor will go in the
Other possibilities include supercharged versions of the Mercury
Marauder and Lincoln Navigator, a Mustang with a V-10 and a
NoOp Comment: Holy shit!! Maybe a supercharger 5.4 from the new Ford
GT? Now that would be cool in a Merauder!! Hell, even the Cobra's
4.6 would be bad-ass! And get a load of that!! A V10 Mustang!!
Wouldn't that be the shit!! A turbo-chargered Focus would be pretty
damn cool too! For SVT to stop producing for one... yeah, I could
wait for this stuff!
In 2005, Ford plans to introduce the Focus ST, which stands for street
tuned. It offers slightly less horsepower than the SVT Focus -- 155
compared with 170. But it will have more torque and likely cost less.
NoOp Comment: Hopefully, with a motor with slightly more displacement.
Then when they add a turbo to it a year later....
Angelo Giordimaina, general sales manager of McLaughlin Ford in Royal
Oak, said lease and insurance rates on the SVT Focus were alienating
NoOp Comment: Damn insurance companies!
Since its introduction as a 2002 model, about 4,500 units a year have
been sold. Tom Scarpello, SVT marketing and sales manager, hinted Ford
"Did it meet all its objectives? No," Scarpello said. "But the
majority of them."
Since the first Cobra debuted in 1993, Ford has sold more than 135,000