Isn't it funny that a car that was meant to flip the bird at one of the most exclusive automakers in history is now a car that is even more difficult to obtain than most Ferraris? The Ford GT is not only a car that will be produced for a limited period, but it's also incredibly difficult for prospective buyers to be approved to buy one. This isn't just a financing issue, since the GT is a relatively-affordable-for-a-limited-model $500,000; the problem is that Ford doesn't want resellers and chance-takers buying the car simply for bragging rights or a quick buck. No, to own a GT today means proving your worth as a client. As much as Ford sells you a car, so must you sell yourself as an aficionado. Once you've successfully gained approval, you must then wait some time, since the interior of the GT is tailored to your body with fixed seats. Nevertheless, when it does arrive, you get a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that sends a whopping 660 horsepower (after the 2020 update) and 550 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, exclusively via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The Ford GT was resurrected in 2017 as a 50-year anniversary celebration of the original 1966 Le Mans-winning, Ferrari-besting racecar, called the GT40. However, the GT existed in between these two generations as a second-generation model that was first produced in 2005. That version was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 producing 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. With the 2017 Ford GT's rebirth, visual cues were kept similar and the overall shape was clearly inspired by the original, and the retro 2005 Ford GT model - still, the new Ford GT supercar could easily be distinguished from the model of yore. The motor, body, brakes, suspension - every part of the car was completely redesigned, and that model is what underpins today's GT. Developed alongside the racecar that went back to France to race, the GT got a built-in roll-cage and a race-developed chassis, while the body was constructed predominantly out of carbon fiber. 647 hp was developed out of the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, with the 2020 model increasing that by 13 hp and offering a fatter torque spread.
For 2020, the current generation has been updated with numerous advances including a 13 hp increase in power, tuning that provides a wider torque curve, and a number of mechanical and aesthetic upgrades too. These include new gallery-cooled pistons, bigger air ducts, larger intercoolers, improved ignition coils, upgraded suspension tuning, and a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system that is nine pounds lighter than the old setup. Two new appearance packages are included with the updates too, with the gorgeous Gulf livery-inspired Heritage Edition gaining carbon wheels and a change in the door number from 9 to 6, in honor of the race-winning GT40 chassis from 1968 and '69. A new limited-edition Liquid Carbon package is also available, with the carbon-fiber body being painted with nothing but clear-coat lacquer and the wheels also being forged from carbon fiber.
The Ford GT is a car that's super affordable - provided that you own majority shares in companies like Microsoft, Apple, Qatar Airways, the Burj Khalifa hotel in Dubai, and British American Tobacco. The starting price for the Ford GT is an eye-watering $500,000. Let that sink in for a second. Half a MILLION dollars for something that shares a badge with a Transit panel van. While we don't know what customization options on this supercar would cost, it's safe to say that if money is no object for you, you may still be wary of getting carried away with the customization choices.
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3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic
While we wouldn't call the GT an off-road capable, lofty curb climber, the adaptive suspension allows you to lower the car by two inches through a hydraulic setup that brings the supercar even closer to the earth, thus enabling even more astonishing handling. In this Track mode, the dampers have benefited from increased stiffening, while the wind tunnel-developed body channels air all around the car in ways that enhance grip downforce while minimizing drag. An adaptive rear spoiler also raises at high speed to improve stability and the result is flat-out low-speed corners and total high-speed straight-line confidence. Body roll is nonexistent and the steering is so sharply direct that it's almost telepathic. Thankfully, that steering setup is a hydraulic system, so feel is there in buckets too, telegraphing what the rubber in front of you is doing.
With massive Brembo carbon-ceramic 15.5-inch discs in front and 14.1-inch discs at the rear, the six- and four-piston calipers have plenty of surface area to bite down on, resulting in the kind of braking that will melt your face just as well as the acceleration will rearrange your internal organs. They're not entirely responsible for that facial rearrangement though - the rear wing acts as an air-brake too. The adaptive suspension isn't unbearable for road use either, assuming that you're willing to risk stone chips and the drool of other motorists. However, this car was built for the track and Ford wants it to be used there. It'd be a waste not to take advantage of that.
The Ford GT is gloriously exclusive. It's the Blue Oval's halo car and is well-deserving of the title. With a mind-bending 660 hp and a dual-clutch automatic gearbox that provides snap shifts capable of cracking the vertebrae in your neck, the GT is a ridiculous performer. The jaw-droppingly, achingly gorgeous design that gets better the more you look at it is also unreal from a company that makes workaday stuff like the F-150. Despite its badge, the 216 mph top speed, ridiculous acceleration, active aero, carbon-fiber bodywork, and genuine racing pedigree - not to mention its storied heritage - make it an exceptionally desirable supercar. It's impractical too, and for a supercar, that's a must. What better way to show that you've made it and are a true patriot than by buying the car that calls to mind a time when Ford stuck it to the established order and made Italian giants fall? If you have the means and the character that the asking price and Ford's selection team demand, buy one. It's a future classic.
All Ford GTs for sale come essentially fully-specced, with only appearance changes available for customization. While the choice, therefore, comes down to your own personal preferences, we'd certainly spec a Heritage Edition in the timeless Gulf racing colors of sky blue and orange. Coupled with carbon fiber wheels to draw attention to the exposed-carbon race number on the doors, as well as orange brake calipers to tie the color scheme in further, this would be the ultimate expression of modern nostalgia.
If you can't get on the list for a Ford GT but still crave a slice of mid-engined Americana, the C8 Corvette Stingray could be for you. Its naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. However, despite its capacity, the 'Vette only produces 490 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque versus the GT's 660 horses and 550 lb-ft. Nevertheless, the Corvette has a hugely appealing interior with a focus on style and driver involvement, and it looks ridiculously exotic from the outside too. A lot more driver aids are available for this car versus the minimalistic GT, but the real kicker is the price. Even with its complicated design and advanced driver aids, the Corvette starts at under $60,000. You could literally buy eight of them and still have change left over, for the same cost of the Ford GT. It'll never have the cachet of the GT, and if exclusivity matters, the GT is better, but if it doesn't, and if you like your supercars livable on the daily, the new 'Vette might be the one to choose.
Yes, it's Ford vs Ferrari. Interestingly, the GTE version that competes alongside the racing version of the Ford GT was bested by that car in endurance racing. The mid-engined Italian makes use of a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces a mind-boggling 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is one of the best in the business and it gets from 0-60 mph just as quickly as the GT, 2.9 seconds after setting off. Top speed is a few clicks behind that of the GT, however, with the Ferrari topping out at a little over 211 mph. It also has a useful frunk and is easier to drive on the road thanks to its narrower body. At a starting price of $330,000, it's a performance bargain against the GT. While it's tough to make a call here, either choice would be excellent.
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