2016 Ford Thunderbird Rumors, Release Date and Specs

Rumors has been circulating that Ford is going to revive one of its legendary brand, the 2016 Ford Thunderbird. The car is expected to due in mid 2015 or later this year. Even if it’s not yet confirmed, this rumor sure brings a lot of buzzes among Ford fans around the world. Ford is believed to bring elegant and distinctive design language to its bodywork.

2015 Ford Thunderbird


The two-door coupe is reminiscent of those classic cars that were so popular in ’50s and ’60s and this new model will be no different, blending the vintage elegance with modern capabilities. For this next generation of the vehicle, it looks like Ford will be discarding the 2-seater Thunderbird that has existed from the beginning of the 2000s and rather opt for the 1960s type of Thunderbird that is in all actuality a coupe. 2016 Ford Thunderbird will reportedly be developed from the Taurus’ Volvo-derived system which will feature an extended wheelbase that will feature some larger proportions thanks to slightly moving the front tires and cutting the front overhang. The Thunderbird logo will be prominently featured on the front of this new model as it has always been.

2015 Ford Thunderbird Side View


The interior 2016 Ford Thunderbird would certainly be appropriately luxurious, with the rear seat developed with the very same wraparound “nook seating” as the ’64-’71 Tbird coupes. Interior of the 2016 Ford Thunderbird is still not so clear. This car has not been spotted in the streets testing and spy photographers haven’t provided us with pictures of it. Anyway, we can expect some features and systems if we compare other new models from same company. Bigger wheelbase means more space inside the cabin. With more head and leg-room, there will be also more space for equipment. Interior will be equipped with modern materials, and it is certain that will be made of aluminum and other lightweight stuff.

2015 Ford Thunderbird Interior


As for the information about what’s hiding under the hood, we still have no clear idea, since no official information has been released yet. However, it is highly probable that the new model will retain the same engine alignment that is seen in the previous generation. The engine in question is the AJ-26 4.0 Liter V8 that is capable of producing around 252 horsepower (188 kW) and 267 lb-ft (362 Nm) of torque. This powerhouse of an engine is combined with Ford’s 5R55N 5-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Ford Thunderbird Release Date and Price

Currently, it’s still unclear when will the 2016 Ford Thunderbird be released. However, some sources believe that the car would likely be introduced in mid 2015 or later. Just like its launch timing, pricing details are also unknown since this is still a rumor yet to be confirmed by the automaker. But, we can safely estimate that pricing would start at $30,000 for the base model and go up to $50,000 with additional features and options. We will update you soon with the latest information, so stay tuned!

One Response to 2016 Ford Thunderbird Rumors, Release Date and Specs

  1. Don Tully says:

    Saw a light blue production-like convertible model of the rumored “New” concept 2017 or 2018 Thunderbird on the roads of Dublin, Oh on 7/15/17. The sleek car held my rapt attention and was a beauty to behold…Sigh, with thoughts of 1955.

    Can Ford now tell us if and when the iconic T Bird will begin anew production? I hope so!

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