As the Ford GT marches toward retirement, will there be one last great hurrah?
When Ford first unveiled its ultra-exclusive, 647-horsepower GT supercar in 2015, we had difficulty imagining how it could possibly get much better. Motivated by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine acting through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Ford GT is blisteringly quick, with the sort of lightness and brilliant aerodynamics engineering that make it a devastatingly capable corner-carver.
But Ford hasn't let its half-million-dollar supercar go stale, regularly upping the ante with surprise variations of its winning design like the stunning new Liquid Carbon Edition and the track-only Ford GT Mk II. It's enough to keep us wondering: what's next?
Dave Pericak, Director of Enterprise Product Line Management - Ford Icons, doesn't have much to share in that regard, although speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks last week, he did leave the door open to new special editions. "We always up the game," he assured the outlet, admitting that there might even be some potential for trickle-down from the GT Mk II to later iterations of the road-going Ford GT.
"There are some things you could do [to bring Mk II tech to the road car], but we don't wanna get it out of whack," he says.
That raises a lot of tantalizing possibilities. The Ford GT Mk II, of which only 45 will be built, weighs some 200 pounds less than the road car and pumps out an extra 53 horsepower, bringing the total to 700. Incredibly, that's about 200 more horsepower than the FIA- and IMSA-spec Ford GT race cars, while downforce is a staggering 400 percent greater thanks to a new chin splitter, fender vents, canards, and a massive wing.
But that car is also nearly three times the starting price of a "regular" Ford GT, and a lot of that equipment could prove prohibitively expensive to implement.
In terms of sheer power, the GT has been handily outclassed by the new 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang and its 760-horsepower 5.2-liter V8. Ford will have to sort something out in order to decisively hand the title of ultimate halo car back to the GT, and we can't wait to see what they come up with.