The iconic muscle car from the late 60s and early 70s is an underrated superstar and a new render shows what it could look like if Ford made it today.
Besides its semi-recent appearance in the Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino, the classic car from the golden age of muscle cars perhaps loses unfairly to its more coveted sibling, the pony car, the Ford Mustang.
It was a mid-size car that underwent some interesting changes over its short life, arguably culminating in the impressive Cobra version that really made it into the muscle car it always wanted – and looked like – that. she should be.
These days the Torino lives on as a classic and sometimes a drag racer, in the shadow of more famous machines like the Ford-Mustang, Chevy Chevelle, Camaro and many more. But if he came back today, it would probably be an awesome sight to see.
We take a look at a speculative render courtesy of digital artist Bimble Designs that shows how the Torino could make a comeback.
Modern Ford Torino Brings Back Clint Eastwood’s Ride
These days, you could argue that the Ford Torino is all but forgotten by anyone lacking interest or a little knowledge of car history. But it was and still is a much-loved piece of American history and a fine car too, especially of the second generation. In any case, the model lived from approximately 1968 to 1976 over three generations.
In an age when marketing requires a bit of inspiration from profitable times past, cars like the Ford Mustang are taking on new life in the form of electric vehicles and crossovers. The Ford Torino could then become an electric vehicle, but before you assume it would be a shiny nameplate on a crossover or SUV. Consider this, it could be a strikingly beautiful electric coupe.
Here the car comes in plain silver, sober and elegant, but one of the main peculiarities of Torino’s design philosophy is here – the round, quadruple headlights.
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Also called the Gran Torino, this car rendered for 2022 in EV form doesn’t need exhaust tips, grille or hood scoop. The rendering has similarities to the modern Ford Mustang – but the front is pure Torino – but with many modifications.
Red brake calipers, huge black wheels and a chunky, low-slung coupe body are secondary to the front theme, while the discreet rear spoiler and ‘Cobra’ badges hint at the inspiration behind this model.
At the time, the Cobra versions of the Ford Torino used various types of the 7.0 liter “429” V8 engine; The Thunder Jet, Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet engines achieve around 375 hp.
This car would get an electric powertrain to take on the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT – it would be heavy like all EVs are thanks to the battery, but would likely produce a lot more power and torque.
Although highly unlikely, we’d still like to see Ford stuff its 7.3-liter Godzilla engine or maybe the Shelby GT500 engine to match the Cobra badges. Heck, we’d even settle for a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine.
Ford is expected to bring back the Gran Torino name – and with it the same unabashed style and power associated with the impressive Cobra models. Move over Mustang, there’s a new pony car in town.
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