2006 Ford GT - Road Test Specs

2006 Ford GT Coupe

(5.4L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2006
MakeFord
ModelGT
Style2dr Coupe RWD (5.4L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$225,000 (est.)
Options on test vehicleHoosier R6 tires ($1,332), Rear bumper delete ($5,500), Penske coil-over shock absorbers ($6,500)
As-tested MSRP$250,000 (est.)
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine type90-degree turbocharged V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,409/330.1
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4:1
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)1,000 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)865 @ 4,900
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 2.61, II = 1.71, III = 1.23, IV = 0.94, V = 0.77, VI = 0.63, FD = 3.36
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)Variable: 17.0:1 on center
Tire brandHoosier
Tire modelR6
Tire typeRacing
Tire size, frontP255/40ZR18
Tire size, rearP315/40ZR19
Wheel size18 by 9.0 front, 19 by 11.5 rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front14.0-inch vented/drilled disc, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, rear13.2-inch vented/drilled disc, 4-piston fixed caliper
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)2.9
0-60 mph (sec.)3.7
0-75 mph (sec.)5.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.2 @ 137.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)103
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)1.00
Sound level @ idle (dB)68.8
@ Full throttle (dB)99.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76.8
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration comments"The first few runs were merely tire-spinning warmup laps that had nothing to do with getting a number. I had wheelspin from the middle to the top of 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears. (I'm sure you can calculate those speeds.) Once the tires heated up and got stickier, it was nearly impossible to launch the car for the following reasons: Bog 1) The car has no torque below 4,000 rpm as it now has no supercharger. Bog 2) The tires (now heated) resist spinning more than the stock tire. Bog 3) 1st gear is so tall (shifts to 2nd over 60 mph), the sticky tires pull the revs down until the turbos light at 5,000 rpm [bog]. The one time out of 12 I managed to slip the clutch almost just right, it got a decent sub-2-second 0-30 time. As long as I didn't botch a shift, the rest of the run was pretty uneventful. Yeah, it's fast, and you've got to keep your eye on the tach because I was told to shift at 6,500-7,000 rpm. That leaves about 1,500-2,000 rpm at wide-open throttle. The tires now did their job maintaining traction at wide-open throttle in each gear. It turns out the car crossed the finish line just before grabbing 4th gear at 137 mph. As is the case in any stock GT, the driving position is superb and the shifter is light and accommodates quick shifting. There was some turbulence from (I'm guessing here) 100-140 mph where the hood vibrated, but that might've been the drag strip surface, too."
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsThe braking distances didn't show any signs of a trend up or down. In order: 106, 107, 105, 107, 103, 104, 104, 104, etc. so I stopped there. Zero dive, but some shuddering as the tires dug in their euphemistic heels. Straight as an arrow with a hard, hard pedal.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThese tires weren't on speaking terms with the recently resurfaced pavement. Understeer was the limiting factor in both the slalom and skid pad. Even in the middle of a dozen slalom runs (when one would expect the tires to have met the correct temp), I still had zigzag back to the start line to maintain enough heat in the Hoosiers to get a 70-mph run. Still, it understeered. Also, the stiff-short sidewalls didn't absorb any of the imperfections in the surface and the suspension had to do all of it. I've never heard a GT's suspension clickity-clack like this one did. Reminded me of a 360 Challenge Stradale. Also like the 360 C.S., steering was thankfully quick, precise and light in a good way. Clutch pedal became reluctant to return near the end of the slalom runs. One might've expected this car to perform better than a stock GT, but even our rigorous testing doesn't come close enough to the minimum amount of abuse these tires require to work well.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (F)80.6
Wind (mph, direction)6.2 headwind
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)12/19 (2008 method)
Edmunds observed (mpg)NA
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.5
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,485
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,477
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)44/56
Length (in.)182.9
Width (in.)76.9
Height (in.)44.3
Wheelbase (in.)106.7
Track, front (in.)63
Track, rear (in.)63.7
Turning circle (ft.)40
Legroom, front (in.)44.6
Headroom, front (in.)35.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.7
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)1.6
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumperN/A
Powertrain12 months
CorrosionN/A
Roadside assistanceN/A
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A
Safety
Front airbagsStandard dual front
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNone
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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