Ford Torture Tests the F-150 Hybrid

Ford Torture Tests the F-150 Hybrid | Shults Ford South

When the F-150 hybrid arrives later this year, you can rest assured that it will be every bit as tough as the non-hybrid versions of this truck. That’s because Ford has torture-tested the 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid powertrain as rigorously as it has the rest of the F-150 lineup. “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost™ with kid gloves,” said Craig Schmatz, F-150 chief engineer.

For starters, the hybrid F-150 successfully passed testing at the manufacturer’s Michigan proving grounds. Per The Drive’s Caleb Jacobs, it experienced 10 years’ worth of abuse during the few months of torture that Ford put it through. But speed bumps, potholes, and payload challenges were no match for the hybrid F-150.

In New York, the hybrid F-150 demonstrated its ability to conquer real-world driving conditions. A simulation rig put the truck through a series of shakes, tumbles, and vibrations to predict how it would handle these challenges during its lifespan. Needless to say, the hybrid F-150 emerged from these tests as durable as ever.  

Ford then sent the hybrid F-150 to the Davis Dam in the Mojave Desert, where it traversed an 11.4-mile route in grueling heat. It conquered more than 3,500 feet in elevation changes and made towing 12,700 pounds look easy. These tests also proved the quality of the model’s cooling and hybrid transmission systems, as well as towing technology.

Experience the 2021 F-150 hybrid version when it arrives later this year. In the meantime, stop by Shults Ford South to test-drive the current F-150 models we have in our inventory.

Ford Bronco First Editions Sell Out in Hours

If you’ve been eyeing the all-new Ford Bronco, don’t delay in reserving one of your own. These red-hot models are going fast. Case in point: the Bronco and Bronco Sport First Editions, which sold out within hours of the much-anticipated debut of the Bronco this summer.

So popular was the 2021 Bronco First Edition that Ford had to increase the number available from 3,500 to 7,000 examples. That was just to accommodate the overwhelming demand — Ford oversold its limited-edition Bronco, which saw reservations fill up in less than 24 hours.

The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are already bona fide hits. Within three weeks of debuting, more than 13 million fans tuned onto TV and social media platforms to see what all the fuss was about. Even more impressive, over 165,000 people made $100 refundable deposits to reserve a Bronco or Bronco Sport all their own.

Though it’s too late to nab a first edition Bronco, you can still claim a rugged Bronco 4×4 of your own. Not sure whether the Bronco or Bronco Sport would suit your preferences and lifestyle best? Contact the experts at Shults Ford in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We can also help you reserve a Bronco or Bronco Sport of your own to make sure that you don’t miss out on this Built Wild™ breed.

Ford Bronco first editions in West Mifflin, PA

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Is Revealed

The all-new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 recently made its debut, showcasing a head-turning look and incredible performance features. With so many new features and enhancements, it seems this legendary pony car was well worth the 17-year wait.

A robust powertrain

The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 comes with a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces a projected 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The car incorporates Ford Performance Parts from the Mustang Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT350, including the TREMEC™ 3160 six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the 10-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission is also available to enhance performance as you drive around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A new take on an iconic design

Drawing inspiration from the original model, the grille of the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 has faux lamp elements and a shark-nosed section. New side grilles are situated under the turn signal lamps, while low-gloss magnetic accents complement the car’s bold appearance.

The legendary car makes no attempt to hide its muscle, proudly riding on Tarnished Dark-painted aluminum wheels. If you opt for the Handling Package, you can also appreciate the rear tire spats, new front wheel lip moldings and the higher downforce front splitter. With these components and more, 2021 Mustang Mach 1 models with the Handling Package have about 150 percent more downforce than a Mustang GT.

If you have as much excitement for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 as we at Shults Ford South do, be sure to give us a call and learn more about this new American dream car.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Ford Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition Package for GT350, GT500

Late last year, Ford announced it would be releasing a Heritage Edition Package for both the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 and the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R models. This special edition package pays homage to 55 years of the Mustang fastback, which originally debuted as a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 fastback coupe. Soon after its debut, Ken Miles made the Shelby a household name when he achieved victory behind the wheel at Le Mans on February 14, 1965.

The limited run of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition models will feature a Wimbledon White color with a Guardsman Blue side and racing strips that ride over the top. According to Ford, this is a tip of the hat to the original 1965 GT350 competition model that was developed by Carroll Shelby.

“Looking back on it, what Ford and Carroll Shelby created back in the mid-’60s was so important to Mustang,” remarked Jim Owens, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “With their authentic exterior livery, unique appointments and performance Ken could have only dreamed of, the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R Heritage Edition Package vehicles are a meaningful tribute to the legacy of the Shelby brand.” Production has already begun on the 2020 Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition. You can order yours while they’re available at Shults Ford South.

Mustang Shelby Heritage Edition