In light of how things are developing in Dearborn, it is no secret that Ford has shifted way more of its attention and resources to the Ford Performance division.
With the success of the Mustang GT abroad, besides the incredibly positive fanfare for the F-150 SVT Raptor, Ford GT, and Focus RS, it makes sense for Blue Oval to invest in more high-output models.
And the next one has been rumored to be the Ford Explorer. Whispers from the grapevine suggest that the SUV – if it does indeed go the Ford Peformance route – would be good for close to 500hp from the second-gen 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 used in the new F-150 Raptor.
If not Raptor, the Explorer could adopt the RS moniker akin the inbound Focus RS hot hatch. This move would be Ford’s first step in crafting a performance mass market SUV, and could arrive side-by-side with the Bronco which is set for a high-output variant as well.
The closest competitors to the Explorer RS/Raptor would have to come from higher upmarket in vehicles such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and Audi SQ5. What do you think about the chances of this rumor proving true?