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Roush announces kit for 2021 Ford Bronco

Roush just released a new kit for the 2021 Ford Bronco.


Roush has a long and impressive history of modifying Ford vehicles, so it was only a matter of time before parts started rolling out for the new Bronco SUV. Today, Roush announced a new 2021 Ford Bronco R Series kit that will be available starting December 23.

Roush's kit comes with a Roush Performance Air Induction and Axle-Back Exhaust system, which together provide a 30 percent improvement in airflow over the factory setup. The upgrades do not compromise the Bronco's water fording capabilities, improves ground clearance, and gives the SUV a more aggressive sound. The kit also adds 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are recommended.

ROUSH Bronco R Series Kit | ROUSH

The Roush Bronco R Series Kit brings an exclusive graphics package that includes hood decals, a windshield banner, American flag decals, Roush badging, and a Roush "R" trailer hitch cover. Four-door Bronco models add a Jack Roush signature decal and body-side graphics. Inside, Roush adds a floor protection kit that includes full floor liners and an off-road recovery kit with a weather-proof storage case, recovery straps, and more.

There's a Roush kit for any trim level of the 2021 Ford Bronco, including two- and four-door models, and either the four- or six-cylinder engine. The kit isn't 50-state emissions compliant, so if you live in a CARB state, you're out of luck. You can order the kit and have it installed at a Roush authorized dealer or you can order the parts and do the work at home. Either way, the kit will set you back $6,750 .

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.


TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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