Three Ford Limited Edition Models to Debut at Nyias

By: Benjamin Hudson

Ford Motor Company has recently announced that it is presenting three new limited edition models to have their public debut at the forthcoming 2007 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) early this April. The three vehicles are the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, the F-150 Foose Edition and the Ford Expedition Funkmaster Flex Edition. According to Ford, "The trio of vehicles, including the most powerful pickup and most powerful Mustang ever from Ford, demonstrates how the company is leveraging key partnerships to create exciting new products." Ford Motor Company's limited edition model segment has significantly increased by about 50 percent, according to the Detroit-based automaker.

First off is the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, which will be launched next spring. This vehicle is equipped with monstrous 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine under its hood. An optional Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack is available to boost the engine's output up to 540 horsepower (estimated output only). Inspired by the classic 1969 Ford KR mode, the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR comes with a unique exterior stripe, 40th Anniversary exterior badge, lower front air dam with chrome-trimmed functional brake ducts, large 14-inch Brembo front brakes, distinctive Carroll Shelby-signature embroidered seats, and 40th Anniversary numbered dash plaque. Only 1,000 units of this vehicle will be produced.

In the first quarter of 2008, car fans will witness the launch of the 2008 Ford F-150 Foose Edition truck. Designed by Chip Foose himself, the F-150 Foose Edition also features racing stripes on the hood up to the tailgate. Other styling cues done by Chip Foose include new grille with horizontal bars and rocker moldings, a huge 22-inch wheel design, Chip Foose signature headrests and floor mats, leather wrapped center console, and Fosse serial numbered plate. At the heart of the Ford F-150 Foose Edition is supercharged Triton V8 engine pumping out 450 hp and pulls out 500 lb.-ft. amount of peak torque rotating at 4,000 rpm.

Meanwhile, the 2008 Ford Expedition Funkmaster Flex Edition features new design cues created by hip hop DJ Funkmaster Flex. Outside, the Expedition FMF comes with a two-tone Colorado Red-and-Black paint scheme with orange pin striping, side skirts, integrated fog lamps, and huge 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. On the inside, the limited edition SUV has FMF red logo headrests, a red-stitched steering wheel, 340-watt Audiophile Sound System, SIRIUS satellite radio, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and numbered plaque with Funkmaster Flex's signature. The Expedition FMF retains its technical components including the engine with quality timing belt like installed in VW Touareg, one of Ford Expedition's competitors in the SUV segment.

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