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It's been a long three weeks since Ford officially announced that the Interceptor concept would be debuting at the Detroit Auto Show, but the big, blocky sedan finally rolled onstage in Cobo Arena to an introduction by Ford design chief J Mays. Much was made of squircles and Super Chief design influences, but Mays also nodded toward the heart and soul of the concept - an E85-compatible Cammer 5.0L V8 and 6-speed manual gearbox, with a good ol'-fashioned short-throw shifter.

FoMoCo then announced that it had finally woken up, realized what it means to be a truly American car company, and stated that it was making a Bold Move by immediately authorizing the Interceptor for production... oh, wait, that was the dream we had while nodding during the Focus intro. Rather, no plans for the Interceptor's future were mentioned, and the Interceptor was quietly chased off the stage by the next vehicle in Ford's procession.

Yeah, the styling is a bit derivitive, and the interior is dark and weird, and the door handles don't work well at all, but we don't think any of that would matter much if Ford would bring to its showrooms a RWD sedan with an honest 400 hp and a row-your-own trans.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like Ford is filling in for the Chinese, as they have yet to make up a knock off the 300C.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "It's great seeing the industry rediscover the large, muscular RWD 4 door sedan."

      Only to discover that nobody can afford the fuel to run it. If SUV's got great gas mileage, everyone would still be buying them and Ford, GM, and Chrysler would be rolling in dough.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Build quality will be a issue no doubt... IT'S A FORD!

      And before anyone says that I'm some GM lover (which I am), I've got a 07 Shelby in the garage right now with less than 100 miles on it w/ leaks and supercharger bearing problems... THANKS FORD!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing is so f*cking hot...If they build this I will definately get one to put next to my Mustang...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The "Interceptor" name makes me wonder if Ford might be positioning this car to replace the P71 CV Police Interceptors against the new Dodge Charger special service vehicles. This would be a kick-ass cop car - obviously, it'd be toned down a little bit from the show car, but it has the right proportions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This vehicle really is very cool. It is great to see Chrysler, GM, and now Ford rediscovering their American heritage with low cost rear wheel drive. The Intercepter looks better and more production ready than the 2003 427 Concept. The success of Chrysler's 300C is obviously enciting Ford and GM to bring similar vehicles to market. Hopefully this vehicle is not too far behind Pontiac's G8 Grand Prix replacement. I look forward to reading a three way comparison between these great vehicles in 2009. There'll also be a new 300C by then (but I hope they don't change the look too much).

      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the 300C better but this was a good effort. Fords only good effort of the show. If they build it and give it a resonable v8 (~350hp) it will sell.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, another 60/70's inspired retro design from J. Mays and the gang. Even Hollywood released they couldn't keep releasing sequels to Austin Powers.

      By the way, haven't we seen this drill before in the 49 and 427 concepts? Hand the project over to Carol Shelby already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's no Dodge Charger but it's a definite start in the right direction. It's great seeing the industry rediscover the large, muscular RWD 4 door sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is something inherantly offensive when you first see this car. The origins of this car are so obvious I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Chrysler was preparing a lawsuit for theft of design. The fact that it is completely devoid of originality turns me away from it almost completely. C'mon Ford, come up with your own segment buster ideas and leave the 300C to Chrysler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really do like it and hope they actually decide to build it. Plus it really does look somewhat like the 427 concept from a few years ago.

      I know that a lot of people are saying that it looks like a copy of the Chrysler 300 but remember that Ford did came out with their 427 concept first, years before the 300.

      Only difference is that Chrysler decided to build the 300.

      So who copied who?!
      • 8 Years Ago
      FINALLY! this shows ford has it in them! if you guys build this, i ensure success will come your way. i would buy one right now. a sedan to replace that boring 500 would be such a relif! hopefully this car will go into production with few changes to the exterior. now just an all new v8 and ford will make a comeback
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