The Ford Gran Torino makes a modern comeback | Rare Techy
The iconic muscle car from the late ’60s and early ’70s is an underrated superstar, and a new rendering shows what it might look like if Ford made it today.
After a semi-recent appearance in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, the classic car from the golden age of muscle cars is perhaps unfairly losing out to its more desirable pony car sibling, Ford Mustang.
It was a mid-sized car that went through some interesting changes in its short life, culminating arguably with the awesome Cobra version that really made it the muscle car he always wanted – and looked like it should be.
Today, the Torino lives on as a classic and sometimes drag racer for more famous machines such as Ford Mustang, Chevy Chevelle, Camaro and many others. But if it came back today, it would probably be a great sight.
We take a look at a speculative rendering created by digital artist Bimble Designs that shows how Torino could make a comeback.
The modern Ford Torino brings back Clint Eastwood’s drive
Today, it could be argued that the Ford Torino is completely forgotten by anyone with no interest or knowledge of automotive history. But it was and still is a much-loved piece of American history, and a beautiful car too, especially in the second generation. In any case, the model lived through three generations from about 1968 to 1976.
In an age where marketing needs a little inspiration from profitable bygone days, cars like the Ford Mustang are getting new life in the form of EVs and crossovers. The Ford Torino could probably become an EV then, but before that we expect it to be a shiny nameplate for a crossover or SUV. Think about it, it could be a strikingly beautiful electric coupe.
Here the car presents itself in silver, looking understated and elegant, but one of the main features of the Torino’s design ethos is here – the round quadruple headlights.
Build a custom Ford Torino for the digital world
Rendered as an electric vehicle for 2022, this car, also called the Gran Torino, doesn’t need exhaust tips, a grille, or a hood fork. The rendering bears similarities to a modern Ford Mustang – but the front end is pure Torino – albeit with many modifications.
Red calipers, huge black wheels and a low, chunky coupe body are secondary to the front theme, while a discreet rear spoiler and Cobra badges hint at the model’s inspiration.
At the time, versions of the Ford Torino Cobra used a different type of 429L 7.0L V8 engine; Thunder Jet, Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet engines are rated at around 375 hp.
That car would have an electric powertrain for the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT – it would be heavy, as all EVs are thanks to the battery, but would likely make a lot more power and torque.
While highly unlikely, we’d still like to see Ford stuff its 7.3L Godzilla engine or Shelby GT500 engine to match the Cobra badges. Heck, we’d even settle for a 5.0L Coyote V8 engine.
Ford should bring back the Gran Torino name – and with it the same unapologetic style and power associated with the fierce Cobra models. Move over Mustang, there’s a new pony car in town.