Auto designer and businessman Henrik Fisker is back, and he’s teamed up with tuner Galpin Auto Sports to unveil the 2015 Ford Mustang Rocket at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This marks his grand return to the automotive scene one year after his electric vehicle startup, Fisker Automotive, went belly-up and filed for bankruptcy.
At this week’s reveal, Fisker and Galpin hyped the Rocket as the “ultimate American muscle car,” which already says a lot, as many people consider the standard Mustang the quintessential high-performance American car, just as it’s been for the past five decades. Indeed, the Rocket is quite imposing under the hood, as it runs on a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that’s capable of 725 horsepower. That puts it in a similar class as other tuners, such as the Hennessey Mustang of a couple months back.
The 2015 Ford Mustang Rocket’s design does draw a lot of influence from Mustangs of old, such as Ford’s Shelby GT500 from the late ‘60s – that car, in particular, is a favorite of Fisker’s. With its menacing grille design and aggressive fenders, the Rocket looks tougher than the standard 2015 Mustang; the car also boasts its share of aerodynamic add-ons, including a front splitter and hood scoops for enhanced engine cooling, a rear spoiler, an outsized rear diffuser, and more. In all, the Fisker/Galpin Rocket is a looker, and a worthy addition to Fisker’s resume as a designer of bold, sporty vehicles.
As for the car’s pricing and availability, Fisker didn’t provide a concrete release window, but it will be sold to the car-buying public as a low-volume model starting early next year. And it’s going to command a premium price, somewhere around the neighborhood of $100,000.