Drive Wire: April 21, 2016
A new F-150, a Jag SUV, a perfect vintage Ferrari, the best way to keep your phone charged, and snow rallying.
Hey guys, it’s Marisa Hunter and this is Drive Wire for Thursday, April 21.
Kicking off our day with a very desirable vehicle that you absolutely cannot own – a stripped-down, bare-bones Ford F-150 pickup. The special service package on the F-150 adds goodies like vinyl flooring and rear seat for hose-out capability, a 240 amp alternator, and a removable center console for that empty-truck, full-heart feeling. The SSV will be offered in two or four-wheel-drive coupled with either a 5-liter V8 or a 2.5 Eco-Boost V6 engine. Regardless of the engine you choose, this police-oriented truck will be light on its feet. Ford has aimed this truck right at the law enforcement fraternity, which means we’ll have to wait a few years and get these trucks gently used. Look for the F-150 SSV on the road any day now.
At last, Jaguar is entering the world of high performance SUVs. The company is said to be working on a new F-Pace SUV that would compete with the monstrous family haulers from Mercedes, BMW, and all the usual suspects. Jag would most likely wedge their supercharged 5-liter V8 into the SUV, where it would probably be tuned to deliver about 550 horsepower, and the model would likely be badged the F-Pace SVR. Jaguar themselves hasn’t said a word about this, but test car sightings have been reported in Britain.
In almost unobtainable car news, the tenth and last 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS4 NART Spider ever built is heading to auction. Sotheby’s will gavel off Ferrari number 11057 this May in Monaco, where it’s expected to bring between 22 and 26 million. The model has history, being inspired by legendary American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, and one was driven by the legendary Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. This particular model was owned by a Spanish foreign legion colonel - so that’s extremely cool – and restored during the 2000’s, and its 300 hp Colombo V12 is certified by Ferrari Classique. Do we love this car? Yes. Can we justify the price tag? No, no we can’t.
Turning to gear, we have a battery pack to keep your phone charged – for forty straight days. The Anker Powerhouse is about the size of a toaster oven and besides charging your phone, you can power pretty much anything with a cord. Anker says it will keep a mini-fridge going for 7 hours. Drinking in the woods just got a lot easier. Check it out at anker.com.
For today’s ridiculous video, we have eighty glorious seconds of rally-car testing in the snow, courtesy of Danila Belokons, Toms Freibergs, and a Ford Fiesta R2T. Our whole lives we’ve been taught to go slow in inclement weather. These guys clearly didn’t get the memo and we’re better for it.