(from Ford Press
Release) FORD ADDS ADRENALIN TO SPORT TRAC FOR 2008
2008 Sport Trac
Adrenalin adds street style to its combination of functionality
Exterior design is
inspired by the Sport Trac Adrenalin concept from 2005, right
down to the 10-spoke, polished aluminum wheels.
system, a first on Sport Trac, provides all-weather confidence
with sport sedan-like handling characteristics.
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct 25,
2007 The Ford Sport Tracs urban alter ego debuts at this years
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, proving that
Ford can deliver aftermarket attitude straight from the factory.
The 2008 Sport Trac Adrenalin is a sport utility truck that combines
the utility and functionality of a pickup with a bold new attitude
and genuine sense of street style.
The new Sport Trac Adrenalin is designed to appeal to the urban
adventurer, said Ryan Mitton, Sport Trac marketing manager. It
still offers up the functionality and capability that Sport Trac is
known for, while boosting the style factor.
The sleek boulevard-cruisers design was inspired by the Sport Trac
Adrenalin concept that appeared at the 2005 New York Auto Show. Ford
designer Melvin Betancourt was challenged to transfer the Adrenalin
concepts bold, more low-slung design to the production Sport Trac.
The goal was to keep the overall design intact, right down to the
wheels, said Betancourt. We had to make some minor adjustments as
we went through the production process, but overall its been
altered very little from the original concept.
Adrenalin retains the Sport Tracs distinctive profile, blending SUV
and pickup, but the similarities end there. Every exterior panel
from the beltline down has been redesigned or styled to deliver the
Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalins cool, aftermarket look.
New front and rear fascias sit 3.5-inches lower than the units on
the standard truck. Full running boards are seamlessly integrated
into the body design and function to visually tie the front and rear
of the truck together. The rubber step pads provide traction and add
a striking graphic stripe that accents the lower portion of the
The new body panels give the Sport Trac the appearance of being
lower without actually lowering the vehicle, said Betancourt.
You get a street cruiser look without compromising any of the
functionality or capability.
The front fascia mounts circular fog lamps in matte black binnacles,
bringing in a touch of Mustang performance DNA to the Adrenalin. The
prominent gloss black grille features a unique crosshatch pattern
with the Ford oval badge mounted front and center.
Graphically, the new grille gives you a bigger opening that adds to
Adrenalins sinister look, added Betancourt. The crosshatch insert
serves to visually set it apart from other Sport Tracs, giving the
Adrenalin its own personality.
Smooth side surfaces are the result of new front and rear fenders
that lose their wheel lip moldings. Functional front fender vents,
exclusive to the Adrenalin, add visual interest to the vehicles
profile. Adrenalin also motors without roof racks.
The rear fascia features a cutout for the dual-tipped exhaust. The
design is finished with body-colored mirror caps and a new tailgate
with a distinctive Adrenalin badge spanning the surface of the gate
in individual letters.
The interior delivers monochromatic richness. The Charcoal Black
environment is accented by a stone gray headliner and features
custom floor mats that are embroidered with the Adrenalin logo.
Adrenalin offers the choice of cloth upholstered or premium
Adrenalin looks hot, bathed in special Colorado Red paint. Colorado
Red, a true red without metal flake, is new to the Sport Trac lineup
and will be launched with the Adrenalin. Additional color choices
are White Suede, Black and Silver Birch Metallic.
The 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels are the same units found on the Sport
Trac Adrenalin concept. The polished aluminum wheels are shod with
P255/50R20 Pirelli rubber.
Along with the standard 4x2 drivetrain, Sport Trac Adrenalin offers
an all-wheel-drive system thats more suitable for a street cruiser.
In addition to providing sure-footedness on slick surfaces,
Adrenalins AWD system offers a performance advantage as well. The
system seamlessly transfers torque from the rear wheels to the front
wheels as required to provide confident handling, reducing wheel
spin and improving cornering.
Adrenalin will be in dealer showrooms in early January. Base
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) for Sport Trac
Adrenalin begins at $30,495 (including $720 for destination and
delivery charges). # # #
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