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Ford Prepares the Return of Capri


It's the car every Ford fan has been waiting to see! Here’s the new Capri.
The original was one of the most famous and best loved models in the firm’s history, and left the scene in the late Eighties. Now, the time has come to reinvent the classic.
Affordable coupés are experiencing a real renaissance, and Ford has already proved its talent for building niche products with models such as the S-MAX compact MPV and Kuga 4x4. So the stage is set for the Capri to make its stunning comeback.
One thing is for sure – it will not be short of competition. Audi has its A5 and Volkswagen has resurrected the Scirocco, while Toyota is planning a Celica replacement based on Subaru Impreza running gear.
There’s also Hyundai’s forthcoming Coupé, plus news that Peugeot has at last given its 308 RC Z the green light for production.
But while there will be an army of rivals, the Capri will certainly have style in its favour. As you can see from our pictures, the new Ford is a real feast for the eyes. If it seems a little familiar, that’s because it takes some cues from the 2003 Visos concept.
However, it mixes those with the company’s latest design themes. At the front there are the trademark twin grilles, with a large lower air intake incorporating neat spotlights. Bold Mondeo-style headlamps complete the Capri’s striking look.
Its profile harks back to the original model, with a tail-heavy stance and familiar C-shaped rear windows and thick pillars. At the back, strong shoulder lines combine with distinctive and a sloping tailgate to create a pert-looking rear. A neat roof spoiler and venturi-style lower bumper finish the design off.
Inside, the Capri will offer a 2+2 seating layout, with a cabin inspired by the current-generation Mondeo’s. Under the skin, it’s likely that Ford will follow VW’s approach with the Scirocco, which sits on the Golf platform, and base the car around the Focus. That will mean a front-wheel-drive layout and a similar engine line-up to the family model, with the range topped by the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged unit from the ST hot hatch.
An RS version, powered by a 3.2-litre six-cylinder motor and offering four-wheel drive, could also be on the cards.
With the Focus as a starting point, things bode well for the Capri’s hand-ling. Engineers will give the new model a sporty set-up to ensure excellent grip and agility. There’s even the possibility it will benefit from the Mondeo’s adaptive damping system. This would provide the car with sharp handling or refined cruising ability at the flick of a switch.
As Ford has yet to officially confirm its new Capri plans, we won’t see the car before the next decade. However, it has been reported that the blue oval is planning to reveal a concept version of the coupé at a major motor show in 2009.​



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Speculation: Ford Prepares Return of Capri

It's the car every Ford fan has been waiting to see! Here’s the new Capri.
The original was one of the most famous and best loved models in the firm’s history, and left the scene in the late Eighties. Now, the time has come to reinvent the classic.
Affordable coupés are experiencing a real renaissance, and Ford has already proved its talent for building niche products with models such as the S-MAX compact MPV and Kuga 4x4. So the stage is set for the Capri to make its stunning comeback.
One thing is for sure – it will not be short of competition. Audi has its A5 and Volkswagen has resurrected the Scirocco, while Toyota is planning a Celica replacement based on Subaru Impreza running gear.
There’s also Hyundai’s forthcoming Coupé, plus news that Peugeot has at last given its 308 RC Z the green light for production.
But while there will be an army of rivals, the Capri will certainly have style in its favour. As you can see from our pictures, the new Ford is a real feast for the eyes. If it seems a little familiar, that’s because it takes some cues from the 2003 Visos concept.
However, it mixes those with the company’s latest design themes. At the front there are the trademark twin grilles, with a large lower air intake incorporating neat spotlights. Bold Mondeo-style headlamps complete the Capri’s striking look.
Its profile harks back to the original model, with a tail-heavy stance and familiar C-shaped rear windows and thick pillars. At the back, strong shoulder lines combine with distinctive tail-lights and a sloping tailgate to create a pert-looking rear. A neat roof spoiler and venturi-style lower bumper finish the design off.
Inside, the Capri will offer a 2+2 seating layout, with a cabin inspired by the current-generation Mondeo’s. Under the skin, it’s likely that Ford will follow VW’s approach with the Scirocco, which sits on the Golf platform, and base the car around the Focus. That will mean a front-wheel-drive layout and a similar engine line-up to the family model, with the range topped by the 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged unit from the ST hot hatch.
An RS version, powered by a 3.2-litre six-cylinder motor and offering four-wheel drive, could also be on the cards.
With the Focus as a starting point, things bode well for the Capri’s hand-ling. Engineers will give the new model a sporty suspension set-up to ensure excellent grip and agility. There’s even the possibility it will benefit from the Mondeo’s adaptive damping system. This would provide the car with sharp handling or refined cruising ability at the flick of a switch.
As Ford has yet to officially confirm its new Capri plans, we won’t see the car before the next decade. However, it has been reported that the blue oval is planning to reveal a concept version of the coupé at a major motor show in 2009.

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Nice! I hope it comes to the States.
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Moderator, please, the title of the thread is wrong. Isn't Kapri , is Capri !!!!!!
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Originally Posted by thmpr173 said:
That would be great for the U.S. tuner scene! All those kids that just dont get the iconic MUSTANG!
I have a hard time selling tuner types the Mustang its a great car, but they are sooo hung up on Civics, Scions, Corollas and such. I dony think thie car would hurt Stang sales because these kids arent going to buy a Stang anyways
My mom had one of the originals, a '74 2 liter with a 4 speed. I had some crazy times with that car, like the time just before leaving for Lackland AFB, I took a girl I knew out for a movie, and my aunt wouldn't let me use her LTD II. Ah well, the Capri suited my style better, anyway.
I doubt, however, that you will get much more of the tuner crowd with the Capri than you have with the Focus. Any group of people stupid enough to slavishly follow Honda or Toyota deserves what they get, and what they get will rank somewhere behind this. I see a lot of C30 in this, which is no bad thing, and it could be interesting.



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Too late for me to fix the title Falcon.
I love it, Ford's very own Volvo C30. Fantastic!!

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I'd love it...but I also think it would be better based on the MX-5 platform. A lightweight rwd 2+2 in today's market? You'd have to beat people back with sticks!
I loved my old '70's Capris, though, and will support any worthy successor.

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I apologise for loosing this thread!!
hey NDW,
for the efforts!

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re: the chop
imho it's really showing the age of the Visos concept (too lazy to look up just how old it is)

what I'd like to see resurrected is the Volvo SCC
which tho it led to the C30,
had a very different/simpler/almost-Italian lightness & grace
 

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For those that do not recall the visos


 

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The Capri is really a Vision with Mazda Front fenders and a Verve like front grill. Not bad. I wonder if the real capri will look anything like this
 

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I never realized how close the Visos was to the SCC, and consequentially to the C30.
imho the somewhat blocky Visos looks more like the C30 than the Volvo SCC does
tho guess both concepts were a bit larger than the C30
& wonder if the S40/V50 replacement < singular afaik) will be like the SCC - tried some chops and the backend came out sorta Saab-ish
 
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