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Ford hasn’t said anything about this. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Everything written about a return of the Torino GT is completely made up. The CEO hasn’t said anything, no Ford executives have made coy remarks at auto shows, and no patents have been filed to suggest a rebirth.
If you go to Ford’s newsroom and search “Torino” you will get exactly two hits and both are talking about the old Torino, not a new one. Sorry.
The Torino GT isn’t even a consumer car. People often get it confused with the regular Torino, or the Gran Torino. Those cars were meant for the public. Not so with the Torino GT.
The original Torino GT was basically a prototype for NASCAR racing. It had a 7.0-liter engine, which if you don’t know anything about cars, is way too big for normal use.
For example, take the biggest, most heavy-duty pickup truck that Ford makes. That’s the F-450 Platinum. It can tow more than 31,000 lbs., which is almost 16 tons. It has a 6.7-liter V8 Turbo Diesel. Which is still smaller than the Torino GT’s 7.0-liter engine.
That’s because the Torino GT was a stock car. It needed to win NASCAR races. Does the average person in American need a NASCAR-winning vehicle to pick up cereal? Other than Jerry Seinfeld, we think not.
Today’s NASCAR engines are limited to 5.8-liters anyway. The top Mustang, the Shelby GT350R, has a 5.2-liter engine, and we’re sure that if Ford really wanted to scrape the ceiling for NASCAR competitors, they could do so, if they haven’t already.
Sorry to be a Debbie-downer, but this is one throwback that we don’t see happening.
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