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E.U.:Next Capri? Ford to unveil four-seat luxo-coupe concept at Frankfurt

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By JULIAN RENDELL

Ford’s big doings at Frankfurt will be to unveil a radical four-seat luxury coupe concept car called the Visos, which Ford officials say is a possible future Capri based on the next-generation Focus. “This is not a teaser for the Capri, but a taster,” said one source. “We need big support behind this car, otherwise it won’t be built.”
Three concept designs were developed—at least one an unashamedly retro car inspired by the 1970s Capri RS3100, but a more modern interpretation won the day. The dominating theme of the styling is the “cab backward” proportion with the greenhouse and cabin pushed far back from the nose of the car to give a classic long-nosed, rear-drive look, despite its front-drive Focus powertrain.

Ford Europe design chief Chris Bird describes the Visos as “dramatic, drawing inspiration from some of the well-loved European Fords of the past, such as the Capri, GT40 and Puma.

“We asked the design team to develop a shape which not only embodies their passion and enthusiasm for cars, but which gives a clear indication of how we want Ford of Europe’s future design language to evolve,” said Bird.

Ford is a long way from committing to engine and gearbox options for the Capri—or even the Capri itself—but a next-generation version of the turbocharged Focus RS is a clear possibility. Sources report the engine bay isn’t big enough to accept a V6.

Twin cooling strakes ahead of the rear wheel arches indicate plans to channel cooling air to a rear differential and oil cooler—evidence that four-wheel drive is possible.
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