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2015 Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Ford GT (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2017 Ford GT

What's New About This Model?
The 2017 Ford GT is an ultrahigh-performance, midengine sports car designed to take on the world's most exotic — and expensive — competitors.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Ford says the GT will be available in late 2016.

How Much Does It Cost?
More than any other Ford product by a factor of two — at least. The last Ford GT started at $140,000 in 2005. Expect a base price somewhere well north of that this time around.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6: 600-plus horsepower
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle
  • Rear-wheel drive

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Just about every aspect of the Ford GT is unique. From its exotic styling to its lightweight chassis to its twin-turbo V6, the GT is a showcase of automotive technology.

Its main passenger compartment is made from carbon fiber, while the front and rear sections are a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber. The engine is a next-generation EcoBoost V6 that uses both port and direct injection to deliver more than 600 hp, according to Ford. Between the lightweight chassis and monster V6, Ford also says the GT will have one of the highest power-to-weight ratios of any production vehicle.

Look beyond the numbers and the GT is simply a stunning sports car. Its pale blue color and quad headlights are reminiscent of the Mark III Ford GT from the mid-'60s, while the aerodynamic efficiency of its shape is as modern as anything on the road. The pushrod and torsion bar suspension can vary the ride height, while the active rear spoiler alters its height and angle for optimum downforce.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Acura NSX: Another midengine sports car with a twin-turbo V6, the new NSX also features electric motors to drive the front wheels. The total power of its hybrid drivetrain has yet to be announced, but it should be in the same league as the GT.

McLaren P1: This midengine hybrid is on the upper end of the exotic scale thanks to a full carbon-fiber chassis, V8 power and rich racing heritage.

Should You Wait for It?
The Ford GT is the definition of a car worth waiting for. If you have the means, you should write a check now to get yourself a place in line. It's highly unlikely that you'll regret the decision next year.

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