If there’s one thing that can be said about the automotive industry, it’s that the need to adhere to the changing needs of consumers is an all-important factor in what separates the good manufacturers from the mundane ones. And when it comes to the needs of consumers, this is something that’s constantly changing and is divided into many categories. No two drivers are the same, and the needs of one might be completely different from the needs of another. Some drivers are content with practicality, but we’re here today to discuss performance. Most notably, the offerings from the Blue Oval can be acquired at any Ford dealer. Today, we provide the details of the vehicles with the ideal amount of power underneath the hood.
The 2023 Ford Escape ST-Line
We’re kicking off our examination with a vehicle you might not expect to have seen discussed for its high-octane performance. However, the Ford Escape ST-Line is what happens when Ford takes the practical SUV and gives it an upgrade meant to enhance its attributes that performance-focused drivers are keen on. The Escape helped pave the way for a whole generation of smaller SUVs, and the ST-Line shows what can be done when high performance is injected into the equation. An available turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder belts out 250 hp and travels from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds. For those who take advantage of AWD, the Escape has gas-pressurized shock absorbers for embarking on the path less traveled.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
We go from a vehicle you might not have expected on our list to one we couldn’t possibly leave off of. In the golden age of the muscle car, the Shelby Cobra was one of the most domineering forces ever to grace the blacktop. Honoring this legacy, the 2022 edition is built for one purpose, to push performance to its absolute limit. Ford honored the legacy of the car and its original creator with a supercharged 5.2L V8. Propelling this modern muscle car forward with an astounding 760 hp and the capability to generate 625 lb-ft of torque, it’s an effort worthy of the Shelby namesake. With its stylish interior and vintage racing stripes, this vehicle talks the talk, walks the walk, and certainly makes an impression on anyone who encounters it.
The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor
Years before the SUV was considered a vehicle ideal for the family-oriented consumer, it was often associated with the rough and tumble world of off-roading. Look no further than the Ford Bronco as a perfect example of this. Since its triumphant return a few years ago, a new generation of Ford drivers has embraced the vehicle as one of the very best offerings from the blue brand. And, much like its predecessors from several years ago, Ford has outfitted an off-road-ready edition in the form of the Ford Bronco Raptor to satisfy the needs of those who wish to adventure off the beaten path.
Resting on a pair of 37-inch all-terrain tires and equipped with skid plates, the Bronco Raptor continues the legacy of the classic off-road staple with six cylinders of peak performance. This engine in question comes in the form of a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 that owns any terrain with the benefit of 418 hp. And for those who want to take the Bronco to task and push it to the limit, the vehicle’s G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) driving mode takes off-road performance to a whole new world.
The 2023 Ford Mustang
With a legacy spanning six decades, the Ford Mustang isn’t a cornerstone of Ford’s capability but one that exemplifies vintage Americana. The original pony car that kickstarted the golden age of the muscle car into existence still grows in 2023. To this end, there are three different engines that all provide incredible results. And, no matter what type of power you choose, you’re certain to have an experience that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
The base engine, while still a diminutive 2.3L four-cylinder, proves its capability with 330 hp. Of course, we’re here to talk about Ford vehicles with high-performance attributes, and the GT and Mach1 trims of the Mustang have more than enough. Much like many Mustangs of old, the GT fires on eight cylinders, with a 5.0L engine with 450 hp to its credit, to be precise. But, if you’re looking to take things to the limit, the Mach1 raises the stakes to 470 hp. All of these years later, few vehicles can match up to the power, performance, and prestige that the Mustang has to offer.
The 2023 Ford GT Mk IV
There’s something to be said about what competition brings out in all of us. The desire to be the best and never considering that settling for second is an option. And while much has been made about the long-standing rivalry between Ford and Chevy, the 2023 Ford GT is a competition of a different sort, going toe-to-toe with the supercars that get built across the Atlantic Ocean, like Lamborghini and Ferrari.
And, in its final year of production, the Ford GT goes out with a bang and not a whimper. A turbocharged V6 will push horsepower as far as it can go, producing an astonishing 800 hp. Built specifically for the racetrack, only 67 will be made, so if you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill and exhilaration that once accompanied the 1967 version, this is your chance to do so.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang makes its third appearance on our list, offering a fitting conclusion to our look at the high-performance attributes associated with Ford. What makes this Mustang unique from its brethren and predecessors is it’s the first one to be all-electric. The Mach-E seamlessly blends the performance that one expects from a Mustang with the high-end capability of EV rivals such as Tesla. Two distinctive electric powertrains are available. The first of which possesses 346 hp and an impressive range of 270 miles. And, if you want to propel yourself forward with more, you’re in luck; 480 hp and the capability to go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds certainly makes it worthy of the Mustang emblem it wears with pride.
Ford and High Performance: The Best of Both Worlds
For well over a century, Ford has built its fleet of vehicles with the average consumer in mind. And in an age where competition grows stronger, they also continue to keep a keen eye out for ways to merge the practicality of their vehicles with the attributes of high performance. From the Mustang to the Bronco and the several new offerings that Ford builds each year, there’s something in their fleet that can perfectly adhere to everything you’re looking for in a great vehicle.
The vehicles that we’ve spotlighted here today aren’t just built Ford tough; they’re built Ford fast. Performance courses through the engines of Ford’s iconic lineup, and many of these vehicles demonstrate the perfect combination of power and affordability. Now all that’s left is for you to experience these exceptional models in person for yourself.