It turns out Ford makes everything you would need to fill a dream garage.
If you could fill a garage with five vehicles of any price, but could only pick from one manufacturer, which one would you choose? For this little experiment, it might be smart to choose a company with multiple brands that can offer a wide range of cars for the garage. Some of these would include Volkswagen Group, GM, and FCA. If you chose Ford, you would only have access to the main Ford brand and the Lincoln luxury brand. It may sound like a disadvantage given that Volkswagen owns Lamborghini, and FCA owns Ferrari, but Ford may surprise you.
Sitting at the top of any Ford enthusiast's wish-list is the Shelby GT350R. This Mustang was an interesting move for Ford. The previous generation car had a 662 horsepower supercharged engine, but this new model only has a 526 horsepower naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8. Power isn't everything though, as evidenced by the GT350R's incredible performance. The 5.2-liter Voodoo engine has a flat-plane crank (like a Ferrari) and sounds as wicked as the name suggests. The R version even has its rear seats stripped out. This isn't like the previous Shelby which was fast in a straight line and not much else. The GT350R is a purpose-built track weapon in a Mustang costume.
Ford's performance division is on a roll with models like the Shelby GT350 and the new Focus RS. We never thought we would see the day that the Focus RS arrived on American shores, but that day has finally come. The new RS comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine making an insane 350 horsepower and an equal amount of torque. The AWD and manual-only combination is a giant reminder that Subaru no longer builds an STI wagon, but no one really cares anymore (thanks to Ford). The Focus RS is completely hyped, and for good reason. The only hatchback with more power is the Mercedes A45 AMG which is much more expensive, and also not sold in the US.
Ford may not own an expensive luxury brand like Bentley or Rolls-Royce, but the Lincoln brand is coming back in a big way with the new Continental. It may not be as expensive as the Bentley Continental, but the Lincoln Continental should have everything you would need to ride in the lap of luxury. The top-of-the-line engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque which drives all four wheels. A fully equipped Black Label model tops out at around $69,000, so it is much less expensive than its German competitors. Don't think that this American luxury car will be lacking for features though. The Continental will have all the bells and whistles like massaging seats and tons of tech toys.
Since this is our "dream" garage, we don't always choose cars that are currently available. That is why we chose the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Concept that was shown at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The Navigator may be just a leather-covered version of the Ford Expedition, but it has been a sales hit for the Lincoln brand. Lincoln wowed the world with its insane Navigator concept with giant gull-wing doors and beautiful 30-way adjustable seats. We highly doubt that Lincoln would build a gull-wing SUV, but who knows? Tesla was ambitious enough to make it happen, so perhaps Lincoln could pull it off.
No Ford dream garage would be complete without the beast known as the F-150 Raptor. The second generation Raptor will downsize to a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, but power will go up to 450 hp. There is also a new 10-speed automatic to further increase efficiency. We have no doubt that this new Raptor will carry on where the previous generation left off, as one of the best off-roaders in the world. We only picked new Fords to toss in our dream garage, but Ford has been around for over 100 years and has built some incredible machines. What would you choose for your all-Ford, historic dream garage?