2016 Ford Thunderbird Release Date, Engine, Specs, Price – There has been some development about the news and the release of the 2016 Ford Thunderbird vehicle. As the recent release of the concept vehicle has announced that a new Thunderbird version is in stored for us, we have been eagerly waiting for the release date to come. As it appears it may come sooner than we think as recent news speculates that the car is going to be released next year as a 2016 model.

2016 Ford Thunderbird
2016 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird vehicle is a car which is synonymous to the Ford brand and has been one of their flagship models for a long period. There has been 11 generation models released during the period before it was discontinued and as Ford decided to pull the brand away from production. Yet with the concept car offered it indicated that the model is close to a revamp but the question remained on when it could occur.

The recent news have told us that a completely new Ford Thunderbird car is going to be released for the forthcoming year. The release date has not been officially set and there are many loopholes that still need to be figured out and disclosed. We imagine that all of the info will emerge in due time when as the car gets closer to its release. Till then read our review and find out the current available information and specs about the 2016 Ford Thunderbird.

2016 Ford Thunderbird exterior

Restyling the Ford Thunderbird is not an easy job to do. One needs to consider the fact that this is a popular model that comes in a new period of its existence. This means that you need to keep some of the most trademark and traditional features of the car while making it new at the same time. The production team of Ford has decided to keep it traditional and use some of the characteristics that the car had before. With some great styling work and production management, they have been able to produce a vehicle which is similar in looks with the older models of the Thunderbird. But the year 2016 is going to see a For Thunderbird coupe version and not a two-door vehicle which many have been expecting. The latest models of the Thunderbird were all two-door vehicles so the new version comes as a coupe now.

2016 Ford Thunderbird front
2016 Ford Thunderbird front

In order to update the vehicle stylistically, a Taurus’ Volvo-derived system has been used. This means extending the wheelbase of the car which made its proportions and dimensions different and much larger than with the last model. This also means moving the front tires a bit and cutting the overhangs to gain the desired look with the coupe version. It still keeps its vintage elegance as before and is the reminiscence of the past 80s and 90s models of the Thunderbird, which is not at all a bad thing particularly for the older fans of the brand.

2016 Ford Thunderbird back
2016 Ford Thunderbird back

Interior

The interior photos have yet to be released, there aren’t even spy photos available as of late. Thus we do not have a lot to go on the latest 2016 Ford Thunderbird. But there have been many indications on how the inside should be updated and Ford has managed to say that the inside is going to be completely different from the interior of the previous car. First of all, the different dimensions of the exterior frame mean that the inside is going to be much roomier than before.

2016 Ford Thunderbird interior
2016 Ford Thunderbird interior

If we take a look at the last model that was released, more headroom and more legroom is something to be expected. The roominess also means better comfort levels so we also expect some upgrades in trims and the materials that are going to come on the inside. As the car comes in a technologically superior period, some appropriate gadgets are going to be added. Besides the standard features that all current cars have now and what Ford is usually equipping its cars, look for the same additions to be made here. Of course some special ones are bound to make it on the inside but that will be announced in time.

Engine

The latest info tells us that there is not going to be a big surprise under the hood of the 2016 Ford Thunderbird. As there have already been some major speculations about the powertrain and some fans particularly wished for some major changes to be made the bottom line is far from that. What the car is going to use is a AJ-26 4.0 Liter V8 engine that was used in the past models. This engine setup enables the car to go 252 horsepower (188 kW) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque and is combined with the Ford’s standard 5R55N 5-speed automatic transmission. It is not a bad setup, but it is not something everybody has been expecting. It is a good addition but it remains to be seen how fans are going to react as it is presumed that they have been expecting something spectacular to occur.

Price and release date

It is virtually impossible to determine the release date currently and there are many factors that need to be taken into account firstly. What is sure is that the car comes before expected and it will be offered before time. The later part of 2016 is something that is currently realistic to assume. The price is going to be somewhere around $30.000 and $50.000, mostly depending on the standard additions that make it on the inside and the possibly offered ones that come as optional.

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