The car is a rolling parade, people hanging out of cars on the highway taking pictures with their cell phones. Always a crowd where ever you stop. I also own the 06 Z06 - it will run with this car but will not "hookup" as well as the GT. I also own the 07 GT 500 - fun car too. The supercharger on the GT500 doesn't spool up as fast as the GT but for a $100,000 difference so what do we expect. Still a lot of fun too drive. Both Fords have the shifting over the Corvette ..have shifted into "no mans land" several times with the Z06. Would like to see a shorter shift kit for the GT500.
The lower mile GT's will of course command the higher resale value as these car are turning into collectors. Your estimates on these cars today (August 2016) seem to me to be 50-90K below selling prices. That is, not many 05-06 GT's will sell UNDER 200K unless "salvaged titled." The lower mile GT's will fetch 300K plus prices. Rear visibility is challenging thus a backup camera is mandatory. Performance/reliability unsurpassed! It is overall a true masterpiece of Ford Motor Company!
Very well designed car. Very capable, extremely fast, and awfully fun to drive. Steering is precise, brakes do not fade, and supercharger has no lag. Ricardo transmission shifts remarkably easily, especially given that you have 550 bhp at your disposal. The GT handles extremely well at the track. Seats are firm and very supportive but lack lumbar support.
The GT surpasses the WOW factor. Pros - Awesome performance, great sound system, perfect instrument panel, comfortable seats, and a real head turner. It's plenty fast and turns on a dime. The lighting system is impressive. Exhaust sound is throaty and strong. Interior is quiet. Cons - Hard to negotiate when backing up (blind spot). No extra room for anything (not the car to take on a trip unless traveling alone). Everyone wants a ride. Happy motoring.
A most fantastic all round driving experience. The car performs beyond my admittedly high expectations. It is beautiful and has been very reliable so far. Extremely easy to drive. Very attention getting ride! The optional McIntosh stereo system is beyond belief and is one of the finest factory installed systems ever available.
I = 2.61, II = 1.71, III = 1.23, IV = 0.94, V = 0.77, VI = 0.63, FD = 3.36
"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."
The 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.
These 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.