Ford Sports Cars

The company may be notorious for pickup trucks and family SUVs, but you’re just as likely to find a great Ford sports car on the market as you are a heavy-duty workhorse. This stems back to the brand’s exploits in motorsport and competition, including a rich heritage supplying powertrains for F1. However, one stands out more than most from the brand, after an incredible victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 flying the USA flag triumphantly, the Ford GT was elevated into the hall of fame. Since then, we’ve seen revivals of the hallowed nameplate, as well as new fast machines to bear the Blue Oval badge. But whether it’s a ‘Stang or an ST-badged hatchback, there’s always been one common denominator - excitement.

List of Ford Sports Car Models and Specifications

While the historical catalog of rapid machines from the American automaker is vast, in recent years there have been just a few models worthy of the sports car tag. No matter how nimble an Ecosport might be, or how quick a Fusion might look in a dashing shade of red, that’s not enough to automatically grant it access onto this list:

  • Mustang - The iconic pony is now more accessible than ever, with cost kept low thanks to numerous configurations. With the option of a 2.3-liter turbocharged motor or a 5.0-liter V8 developing 310-480 hp, the RWD machine presents an ideal entry point to the range.
  • Mustang Shelby GT350 - With a focus on less weight and more horsepower, the GT350 forgets about chasing mpg figures and hunts down corners instead. Still compact in size, a 526-hp 5.2-liter V8 gives it electric acceleration and a spine-tingling soundtrack to accompany it.
  • Mustang Shelby GT500 - Introduced for 2020, the ‘500’-badged derivative takes the top spot in the lineup thanks to 760 hp from a supercharged 5.2-liter V8, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox fires off shifts quicker than you can snap photos of it lapping Laguna Seca. A range of outlandish colors ensures it stand out further from the competition.
  • GT - the antidote to 4-door boredom, and an homage to the winning trio of 1966, the modern iteration of the mid-engine supercar packs a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 developing 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. It’s rare too, with limited production and an exclusive selection process in which the manufacturer reviews potential buyers. It’s also the most expensive Ford ever sold new, with an asking price starting at $500,000.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ford Sports Cars

When you’re purchasing a vehicle that places a heavier priority on going quick, you’ll never achieve diesel-levels of frugality. There are pros and cons to each buying decision, but at the end of the day, evens the cons can’t make us overlook these vehicles:

Pros

  • Incredible performance
  • A number of rare special editions to choose from
  • Iconic styling looks great in still images and moving pictures
  • Mustang’s compact dimensions ensure it’s nimble
  • Some can be used daily

Cons

  • 2-seater layout of GT isn’t practical
  • High-power engines aren’t eco-friendly
  • Luxury takes the backseat
  • Sparse features for an elevated cost
  • Best performers guzzle gas

Ford Sports Car Pricing

The below table gives accurate data as to cost and specifications, accurate at the time of writing:

Model Power Engine Base Price
Ford Fiesta ST 197 hp 1.6-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $21,340
Ford Focus ST 252 hp 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $25,170
Ford GT 660 hp 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas $500,000
Ford Mustang Coupe 310 hp 2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $26,670
Ford Focus RS 350 hp 2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $41,120
Ford Mustang Mach 1 480 hp 5.0-liter V8 Gas TBC
Ford Mustang Convertible 310 hp 2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas $32,170
Ford Mustang GT Coupe 460 hp 5.0-liter V8 Gas $35,880
Ford Mustang GT Convertible 460 hp 5.0-liter V8 Gas $45,380
Ford Mustang Bullitt 480 hp 5.0-liter V8 Gas $46,705

FAQs About Ford Performance Cars

What is the best Ford performance vehicle?

It’s difficult to define what makes a good sports car because different people have different needs. If you’re looking for the fastest around a race track, the GT and Shelby GT500 are unrivaled, but if you want a machine that can be daily-driven with ease, the V8 Mustang is hard to beat.

What new Ford sports car should I buy?

If you’ve been lucky enough to be vetted and selected by Ford, the GT is the ultimate pick - especially in the bare carbon fiber finish offered. However, the smart money will go the way of something with a cobra badge, and either the GT350 or GT500 will be worthy partners to your weekend driving adventures.

Are Ford’s performance and sports cars expensive?

Yes and no; vehicles like the Mustang have made a sporty experience relatively affordable in their lower specifications, although Shelby-badged derivatives carry a steep aking price. A Ford GT, meanwhile, asks nearly double what a comparable Ferrari would, making it very pricey.

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