The 2017 Ford GT. Designed in honor of its historic 1966 sweep at Le Mans, the new GT will boast an impressive 650 hp with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, backed by a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission making the old Ford GT seem extremely outdated. However, we will most definitely miss the glorious sounding 5.4L V8 engine that powered the previous generation Ford GT.
Not only is the new Ford GT a fantastic car performance wise, but it also boasts one of the most beautiful designs in the current market. Everything from its shark nose to and teardrop-shaped cockpit to the daring body-side channels and movable rear wing is focused around its aerodynamics, giving the new GT a rather fierce look.
Minimizing mass was another priority for the development team. An “Extraordinary” target weight is the only way Kip Ewing, the GT’s chief engineer, could describe it. A replacement of everything plastic to carbon fiber has allowed the GT to weigh in at a mere 2800 pounds. 2800 pounds, 650 hp, we don’t have to say anything else.
Unfortunately, getting your hands on this new powerhouse won’t be easy. Ford has stated that the GT will only be sold to Drivers of the car, and not Flippers or Collectors of the car. A potential buyer of the GT will also have to have a certain amount of social media presence, as Ford wants the GT’s drivers to also help its publicity. A stable history with Ford is the last and arguably most selective requirement. Ford states that it will only consider loyal customers as potential buyers for the GT. Whether or not Ford actually enforces these rules is still up in the air.
The new Ford GT will be released by the end of 2016 or early 2017, for around $400,000. Production will be in the “hundred, not thousands,” says Dave Pericak, Ford’s Performance director to maintain the exclusivity of the car. After having seen one in person at the New York Auto Show, we can not wait to see one on the road in the near future.