The 2016 Ford GT was showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and boy does it look smoking hot. Be forewarned: You’ll suffer from intermittent bouts of Lead Foot Syndrome if you buy this supercar and drive it often.
As far as high-performance cars go, the GT has got a lot of bells and whistles. For starters, it uses a new aerodynamic design that is more efficient than previous models. It also boasts the EcoBoost® (like that really matters when you are in a supercar), and it is made from ultra-light carbon-fiber.
The curvy yet intelligently designed layout was created with one thing in mind: superior performance. Its real-wheel-drive, mid-engine assures that the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 can make the most of the whopping 600 horsepower that it delivers (a mite bit more than the new Maserati Gran Turismo (454-horsepower), yet far fewer ponies than the new Ferrari F12 Bernlinetta Coupe (731-horsepower).
Still, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle and instant shifting, it’ll keep up with most cars in its class without too much difficulty.
The primary focus of the design is aerodynamic efficiency. The supercar has been outfitted and rigorously tested so that it conforms perfectly to speed and driver response, able to adjust its own height and angle depending upon slope, speed, torque and many other metrics.
But for its outlandish $400k price tag, one has to wonder which supercar makes more sense. By comparison, the faster Ferrari F12 Bernlinetta Coupe will only run you $300k. And the all-new McLaren 675LT delivers 666-horsepower but only costs $345k.
All-in-all, Ford’s new GT looks impressive, that’s for sure.
But does its lofty price tag and 600 horsepower enable it to stack up to higher end rival nameplates?
That’s for you to decide.