Future Cars

2007 Ford Explorer SportTrac Adrenalin

After showing a concept preview of the next Explorer Sport Trac at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford gave an early look at a high-performance SVT version of the Sport Trac at New York. The Sport Trac Adrenalin (the Adrenalin name may or may not be retained for the production version) features a supercharged 4.6-liter V-8, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a four-bucket-seat interior. Based on the current , the upcoming Sport Trac will switch to an independent rear suspension and will add stability control. Compared to today’s truck, it will have a larger, four-foot, composite bed with in-floor storage. The SVT version’s supercharged V-8 makes an estimated 390 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, and mates exclusively with a console-shifted six-speed automatic borrowed from the . Ford’s AdvanceTrac all-wheel drive, with a rear-biased 40/60 fixed torque split, should help keep wheelspin in check. The truck isn’t just for play, however, as it’s rated to tow 6000 pounds. This concept is decked out with a vented hood (functional, and likely to stay), front fender vents (not functional, and likely to be dropped), a VW GTI-like black front grille section (which may get toned down), integrated running boards, 21-inch wheels, and a two-tone black and red leather interior. Ford’s first sport-utility muscle truck won’t rumble into showrooms until 2007.

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EPA MPG:

14 City / 20 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 85.8 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/7