The final specs are in for the 2017 Ford GT, and let’s get it out of the way if you didn’t already know – it’s not a V8. Disappointed? Don’t be. Ford accomplished what they set out to do, and that is to show just what the EcoBoost engine can do. The 3.5L Twin Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 tops out at 216 mph, making it the fastest Ford production vehicle ever. The EcoBoost is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission. Pitted against the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, the Ford GT bested both in identical conditions, coming in at 2:09.8. The McLaren 675LT finished at 2:10.8 and the Ferrari 458 Speciale at 2:12.9.
As for power, the GT is SAE-rated at 647 hp and 550 lb-ft torque. Weighing in at 3,054 lbs (with no fluids), that gives the GT a 4.72 lb/hp ratio, thanks in part to the all-carbon body and aluminum design. While the 0.35 drag coefficient isn’t the lowest of any Ford ever built, it is still enough edge to have earned the win at the 2016 Le Mans (50 years after placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans). The active suspension and jet-fighter inspired aerodynamics are designed to keep the GT tight and balanced for best speeds regardless of skill level.
To those waiting to order one, the price tag is expected to be $450,000. Ford is building 250 of them this year. It’s worth getting your order in – again, it’s not a V8, but the GT is a technical masterpiece that is a proven winner. It also gets 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway, not that the gas mileage is likely to sway someone, but it is a fine V6.
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