Does The New Ford GT Live Up To The Hype?

It’s almost been two years since the third-generation Ford GT was first shown and finally, the first reviews of the American supercar have been released.

The clips below, courtesy of Drive Tribe, Carfection, Autocar and Auto Express, show Ford’s new halo supercar on both twisty mountain roads and a racetrack and if you watch all of them, you’ll understand that the long wait has been worth it.

We won’t spoil the verdicts on the new GT but a common theme among all of the reviews is that the supercar is a race car first and a road car second. Considering that it has similar driving dynamics to the Le Mans-winning GT GTE race car, this isn’t all that surprising and goes to highlight Ford’s uncompromising effort to provide the best possible race car feel for the lucky 1,000 owners that’ll own the new GT.

You’ve probably heard the specs about the Ford GT ad nauseam but we’ll recap them once again. Power comes from a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine delivering 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough oomph to send the car to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.8 seconds and through to a 216 mph (248 km/h) top speed.

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  • benT

    “……….a race car first and a road car second.”
    It won at Le Mans.
    It fits the bill.
    Any complaints, take leap off of Trump Tower.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Pretty much.

    • John

      complaint: they are only making 1000 of these… for something this beautiful… that’s a crime.

      • Status

        No, it’s just good product planning. Keep the demand high and the keep the price tag just as high. No need to make it commonplace, as that would make forgettable and unappealing over time.

      • benT

        these complaints are good and get a free pass

    • fabri99

      It won Le Mans due to sandbagging. Still a great car, but that’s cheating.

  • Bob

    *348 km/h.

  • MarketAndChurch

    At first I fell in love with the blue one. And then the red one. And now I can’t seem to choose between either.

  • GobbleUp

    After all the hype, what a disappointment. As Jethro said in the review, “missed the mark”.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    This car is ugly as fuck

    • LJ

      They can’t all be as pretty as your Honda Crosstour.

    • Hugh Jorgan

      They designed it that way so village idiots like you won’t buy them.

    • Zed68

      Hmmm… no!

  • LJ

    Beautiful car. Wish I could afford one. 🙁

  • SteersUright

    The Good: Mostly beautiful to look at with a cool interior. Probably a thrill to drive too, despite its “lack of precision feel”, as the reviewer stated.
    The Bad: Sounds like a Caterpillar tractor engine. Might work on the track, but at this price it needed a sonorous V8, V10, or V12. Major let down at $400k, possibly easier to digest at a lower price point. Speaking of which, the price is ludicrous for a Ford, no matter how special. They should make 10 times as many and sell it for $130-$180k. American sports cars have almost always been about blue-collar performance available to as many as possible, the opposite of the elitist preferences of the European brands. If Alfa can make a 4C fully carbon for $55k and this uses an in-house, already developed engine, I might even venture to say this should’ve come in at $105-$140k and shown all of the European marques how much more car America can deliver at those price points. And it would rival and likely decimate the upcoming ZR1, just given the carbon and the mid-engine layout.

    Overall though, what enthusiast on earth wouldn’t want one of these?

    • Status

      If the GT sold for $140K, it wouldn’t be as profitable as it would be at $400K. They only need to sell 1000 examples, and I’m sure they’ll find buyers even at almost half a million.

      To be ‘more American’ and deliver the same car at less a price would be very stupid of Ford. This kind of distribution is counter to the American expectation of selling in volume for cheap; the oppostite being to sell in low volumes at higher margins. This isn’t a car that should be sold an F-150. Margins are more important than volume.

  • Dennis James

    The blue one is just stunning, looks on par with any modern Ferrari, design-wise. Nice job !

  • alexxx

    B E A U T I F U L

  • Michelin

    This car can compete with Mc Laren 720 or Ferrari 488, less expensive and much more famed.
    We must also remember that Ford Gt win LE MANS longtime before the start of industrial production. Winning Ford Gt were prototypes, against tuned production Ferrari, Aston Martin and Corvette.
    Last 6 hours competition in SPA, Ford GT take 3th and 4th places. Victory and second was Ferrari 488.

  • alecs

    Public always put fails on every car anyone make,listen, this car is simply wonderfull and is a winner on the tracks,so…why discuss that its not V-8 or more ,if it is very -very efficcient this way,maybe its too much for a badge called Ford…

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