Any petrolhead from the UK or Europe knows exactly what the Ford Capri is and what it represents. The Capri was a sports coupe nearly everyone could afford to run. Using tried and tested underpinnings from the Ford saloons of the era wrapped in an attractive, curvaceous body penned by Phillip T. Clark (who was also involved in designing the Ford Mustang), it brought fun motoring to the masses all over Britain and the continent. In many ways, it was the other side of the Atlantic's Mustang. However, it's a name that's been dead for quite some time - the last Capris rolled off the production line in 1986. Or so you might think...
According to reports earlier in the year from Autocar, Ford are considering bringing the Capri nameplate back from the dead. Considering the company's recent decisions to bring the Puma and Bronco names back, it's not an unprecedented move. There is definitely still a market for affordable (or at least reasonably affordable) sports cars. The instant popularity of the introduction of the Mustang to British and European shores may have somewhat influenced Ford to think about bringing the Capri back too - the Mustang's warm reception has proven that British and European buyers still want that kind of sporty coupe in their lives in a world where things are ever increasingly moving towards SUVs.
What would a Capri be like in the modern era? Well, if they stick to the philosophy of the original model, it'll probably be very much like the old ones were. Ford has plenty of tried and tested components and platforms from other models to base the Capri on. The Focus platform would probably be a really good base to start things off, as well as the Focus's range of engines including the 1.5 and 2.3 litre Ecoboost petrol engines. Maybe a hybrid Capri will even be a part of those 14 new electrified models Ford are promising us within the next few years? One thing is for certain, however - it won't be brought back for the sake of being brought back. Amko Leenarts, the design boss at Ford of Europe, has stated that "it's got to be in the zeitgeist and has to fit" and that a new Capri design shouldn't be "just a car to put away on a show stand."
Who knows what the future holds regarding this potential new addition to the Ford lineup. When a new Capri would grace us is unknown. It's even unknown if it would be sold outside of the European market. A Capri was sold in the US, but it was a very different machine and related to the European Capri in name only - it had more in common with the Foxbody Mustang than the Cortina underpinnings of the European Capri. The main thing is that there is a genuine possibility that the Capri is coming back and I think many of us will be very excited for that!