• Jul 7, 2006
Although Ford has never officially said it will be severing its performance arm, insiders have hinted that it was experiencing atrophy after having its lineup pared down to just one vehicle – the Shelby GT500. Not so, says Hau Thai-Tang, Master Chief for an army of 60 engineers currently dedicated to developing SVT products.

Future SVT product will fall into three categories, according to what Thai-Tang told AutoWeek. The first will be the SVT performance division that will grow to two vehicles with an F-150 Lightning replacement currently being developed to join the Shelby GT500. The second will be "race-inspired performance" that appears on halo vehicles like the Ford GT. Finally, SVT's bread-and-butter will be served by developing enhanced performance components for models throughout Ford's product lineup. Think models like the previous gen. Mustang Bullit and Mach 1 and you get the idea.

So despite any contrary reports that have come out in the past, Mr. Thai-Tang and company appears to be pretty busy for the moment.

[Source: AutoWeek]

Related links:
Ford Edge and Fusion to get SVT treatment?
Ford kills SVT - 2007 Shelby Cobra Mustang to be division's swan song
Ford's 'Way Forward' to leave behind GT, Sport Trac Adrenaline and Lincoln LS


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 12 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Thai-Tang is on the right track. As much as I like the past SVT products there needs to be an expansion throughout the line for individuals who want something more than the standard car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8 TJ...every Fusion I see (and I see a lot) are being driven by young people. A SVT Fusion makes sense. The Five Hundred? Not so much. But a SVT Five Hundred could be doable if they executed the final product correctly.

      And the Fusion and Five Hundreds are proven vehicles. Look where they got the platforms from...

      I also think SVT should produce a twin turbo Crown Vic with the six speed from the GT500...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not crazy about the front of this new Mustang, the 1969 was much better looking. I owned a '69 Mach I, it was probably the best looking, most fun car I have ever owned, a real head-turner. Today I see a young man driving the streets in my car, and it's looking as good as ever. Can't tell you how many times I've wanted to stop him and yell "get the heck out of my car kid".
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with post #1. They shoudl definitely do an SVT version of the Fusion/Milan as well as the new Focus when it makes it over here. Of course, they won't be able to use that Volvo T5 engine like they do in Europe without diluting the Volvo brand here in North America which they really should not do.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not sure if this was done by the SVT team, but at the most recent NA Car shows, did anyone see the Ford 500 with the back seats replaced with an engine from a GT?

      Hummm, I think that would make me think twice about owning a Ford. ;-)


      I think any car in their current lineup with a lowered suspension, sporty front, rear, side body panels, upgraded powerplant, would be good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IMO...the future of SVT still seems a little shaky, one group for GT500, Lighting. And another for just halo vehicles, the GT is gone, what are the other halo vehicles?? I think they should follow DCX/SRT-X path, have a SVT model through out the entire line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe they should focus on SVT-ing some products that middle-aged, middle-income households can afford without taking out a 96-month loan and trading in their children. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad to hear that SVT is not fully dead like the rumors had said. Although I thought the next SVT product was going to be a Sporttrac with the 4.6 dohc supercharged V-8 from the last gen Cobra, AWD and a 6-speed auto. I would like to see another Lightning instead with the GT500 motor. And I wish their cars were back in the 35K range instead of the 45K range. I think I would have been happier if the GT500 had the old cobra motor and IRS and lost 500lbs from the current car. The 03-04's are just as fast as the new GT500 and you can pick one up for 25K now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They could do an SVT version of the Fusion/Milan and the next Focus pretty easily, the 2.3 Turbo from the Mazdaspeed 6 & 3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I still love the old SVT Focus, it's a fun little car to drive. I'd love to see an SVT version of the new focus with the Mazdaspeed engine. I just wish it would be AWD.

      The SVT Contour was another fun car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      SVT-ing a broad swath of Ford's lineup wouldn't make sense. Dedicated enthusiasts--themselves a small percentage of the population--would applaud Ford for doing "the right thing," but how many would actually buy an SVT Fusion over a 3-Series?

      The Mustang, Focus, and F-150 are the only ones that readily lend themselves to an SVT makeover, IMHO--and the latter only because the Lightning has a nostalgic appeal for Ford truck fans. An SVT Crown Vic would be a nice send-off for that tired car, but considering the half-assed Mercury Marauder's poor sales, Ford will probably be too afraid of getting burned again to produce one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #12
      The 500 was built by Washtenaw Community College (near Ann Arbor MI)students with the help of Ford.

      It's too bad the SVT Focus was killed but they just didn't sell. That was a kick ass car but only the hardcore car crowd new it. I think a SVT Fusion would make sense given the fact that they race it (kind of) in NASCAR and it shares alot with the Mazda 6 and MazdaSpeed 6. An all-wheel drive SVT Fusion would also be an all year vehicle for us here in Michigan! Just a thought.