We bet no one expected Ford put the Mustang nameplate on an electric car, least of all an SUV! But the Mustang Mach-E exists. And it’s popular. Which proves that if you build it, they will come. And while the Mustang is arguably the car that made Ford, there is, of course, another part of Ford muscle car history beyond the Model A that true fans remember fondly. And this is the Ford Gran Torino.
Captured on the silver screen in the hit TV series of the 70s Starsky and Hutchand in the 2008 Hollywood film starring Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino, this Ford is definitely an underrated gem. It had the makings of a successful muscle car, with a Coke bottle body and a long hood that properly showed where the power came from. And where did it go.
To this end, digital artist Bimble Designs has proposed the Ford Gran Torino as a car rendering. Call it the lost fourth generation that never was. But it could be. Given where Ford took the Mustang nameplate, and we know an all-electric Mustang coupe is coming soon, this redesigned Gran Torino could have the combustion power of a modern Coyote V8, or it could be all-electric. With an EV drivetrain that has more than enough torque to set the rear tires on fire instantly, this Gran Torino picks up where the third generation left off – with understated looks and performance to match.
Here’s what the internet thinks about digital artist Bimble Designs’ modern Ford Gran Torino
People get the point of the modern Gran Torino
So Bimble Designs has been working on the most eye-catching parts of the visual identity of the 1972/73 and 74 Gran Torino. These are the quad headlights with chrome surrounds, the egg crate grille, the long hood and short deck, and of course the Coke bottle body shape.
The 1972 Torino went Coke-bottle style like the Camaro, but in 1972 it had a sort of fish face. I really like this performance because it has a new improved 71 style front end. I love the whole design, especially with the Cobra treatment – vbarbeaux777
The original Gran Torino had its own charm, with a front end that made you believe they were looking at a full-size American sedan of its time. You know the type – long flat hood, boxy styling, big chrome bumpers. But then Ford threw the rules out the window when they added flared wheel arches and a coupe roofline.
They’d have to dodge the cat noise of chargers, except Clint Eastwood says, “Get off my lawn” – Richard Stypinski
This was by far the funniest comment we found on our Gran Torino Facebook posts.
Would buy one! Loved my 1974 Grand Torino great car! – miakoda_rsd_warrior
With widened hips and generous side arches, this redesigned Gran Torino is instantly recognizable as a direct descendant of the original. Of course, without the “pillared hardtop” of the original. But it seems that the modern muscle car formula immediately pulls up the modern Chevrolet Camaro image as well. Which brings us to the next point.
Will the upcoming Gran Torino look like a Chevy Camaro?
Seeing how popular the Chevrolet Camaro was for adapting the long-hood, short-deck muscle car look to a modern car, it’s no mystery why many reactions to the modern rendering of the Gran Torino are calling it that.
I’m more confused if it’s a Camaro then a side challenger 😂 –
I guess that’s to his own credit, though. Many people think this is an official Ford concept! Although one that pays homage to Chevrolet. We don’t think it’s that hard to see.
It’s way better than a camaro – struup_aeran714
But look past that, the potential that the thoroughly modern Gran Torino brings. Imagine an all-electric Gran Torino coupe with plenty of Ford Performance parts to give the upcoming Dodge Charger Daytona SRT competition. It can be wild!
Everyone wants Ford to bring back the Gran Torino
There is no doubt that this rendering of the iconic Gran Torino brought back memories for many people. The Gran Torino, produced for a few short years compared to the Mustang, gets the short end of the stick. But there are plenty of people who appreciated it for what it is—an underrated muscle car that was overshadowed by the Mustang. For people with slightly niche tastes, perhaps.
Any way you cut it, people want to see a modern Ford Gran Torino. A potential improvement could be to add more of a flat hood to the design of the production model to better highlight the lines of the original. Maybe even a longer hood than what the render already has. With this and elements of the already modernized original, Ford may have a winner.
Regardless of whether Ford decides to put a modern Coyote V8 engine in it or use an electric drivetrain, it seems that people appreciate the Gran Torino’s new version the same way. Let’s hope Ford is listening!