DETROIT – TheInterceptor Concept, to be unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, rides on a stretched Mustang platform, with a Ford Racing 5.0L V-8 Cammer engine that produces 400 hp under the hood.
The mill is a DOHC version of that found on the production Mustang GT,says, noting the engine also powers the Mustang FR500C race car.
The Interceptor also is E85 compatible and mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Design cues are borrowed from the F-250 Super Chief pickup concept introduced at last year’s show, Peter Horbury, executive director of design-The Americas, says. “This concept celebrates the best of American muscle.”
The exterior features large panels and surfaces, which Ford describes as “sometimes brutish.” Its traditional rear-wheel-drive proportion includes a short front overhang, extended dash-to-axle ratio, low cabin and higher beltline. A clamshell “shaker” hood rounds out the muscle-car styling cues.
The Interceptor also bears the horizontal 3-bar grille that is being widely used across the Ford lineup.
Inside are low-back seats, finished in thick, black leather with exposed-edge seams and contrasting stitching.
Innovative features include headrests that deploy from the roof and hidden audio and climate-control panels.
The Interceptor also showcases some upcoming safety devices under development by Ford, including a 4-point “belt and suspenders” seatbelt design in all four seats and inflatable belts in the rear.