Just by looks alone, Ford’s new GT supercar suggests the Detroit automaker does not want to be outdone by European exotic cars in the aesthetic department. The two-seater GT, with its upward-swinging doors, should also hold up performance-wise thanks to the 600-hp EcoBoost V-6 engine that powers it.
A rear-wheel drive, mid-mounted engine and an aerodynamic two-door coupe body made from carbon fiber and aluminum are among the GT’s highlights. Additionally, there is a deployable rear spoiler and the latest connectivity system from Ford, SYNC 3.
The GT is equipped with a port/direct dual fuel-injection system to boost engine response and a 7-speed dual-clutch transaxle. The chassis features an “active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height,” according to Ford. The car rolls on 20-inch wheels set in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires that include “a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT.”
The GT’s steering wheel incorporates all driver controls, F1-style, to complement a fully digital instrument cluster.
The sporty supercar is one of 12 new vehicles from Ford Performance to be in production by 2020, joining the likes of Shelby GT350 and GT350R as well as F-150 Raptor and Focus R. The GT will be available in “select global markets,” according to Ford, with production scheduled to commence late next year to coincide – and celebrate – the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars finishing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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