The New Ford GT: Just Try and Look Away

Ford GT

Well, thanks a lot, Ford. I had plans for today. Big plans. Thanks to you, I have no choice but to put them on hold. I was going to research and share a lot of information on a lot of cool cars, including new rides from the likes of Buick, Toyota, and Acura.

You and your fancy, overly produced car unveilings have made it virtually impossible to look at anything else and write a compelling piece on anything other than the one car you want guys like me to focus on:

The all-new Ford GT.

Warning: If you look once, you won’t look away.

New Ford GT top rear

Automotive News quoted Ford CEO Mark Fields as saying,

As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack. We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.

Ford has certainly succeeded at making the Internet’s collective heart pound with reckless abandon after the introduction of Ford GT. Just take a moment to look at the car, and then think about panic attacks building in the hearts of the men and women in Maranello, not to mention the poor souls working in Detroit’s Ren Cen.

New Ford GT, top

Remember the news earlier this week about the possibility of a midengine Corvette? Seems to me like GM knew the GT was coming and wanted to try and keep up. Will the C7 Stingray be short-lived and give way to a GT-fighting C8? That’s where I’d put my money!

Pricing and specs for Ford’s new supercar haven’t been released yet, but we can be sure they’ll compare nicely with the likes of Ferrari. Heck, even prices of used versions of the ’05 and ’06 GT have risen to the level of a new Ferrari.

Road and Track gushed about the car, and said,

The engine sitting under that back lid is a twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 producing, Ford claims, “more than 600 horsepower.” Little was revealed about the car at the press conference; we got a short press release, a bunch of images, and not much else. Highlights: active aerodynamics including a deployable rear spoiler, upward-opening doors, aluminum front and rear subframes, torsion-bar and pushrod suspension, 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes. There’s also fixed seating a’la LaFerrari—the pedals are adjustable—a paddle-shifted dual-clutch transmission, a digital instrument cluster, and an “F1-style steering wheel” with stalkless steering column.

Check out one of the coolest introduction videos I’ve ever seen:

I hope to see real footage of the car soon but this thing is absolutely bonkers. And beautiful. It’s everything an American supercar should be and a reminder of just how far we’ve come since the automotive meltdown of 2008, when a car like this was all but impossible. You might want to get used to seeing this car plastered across the interwebs. I hope tomorrow I can look away long enough to at least try and get my mind on something else!

What do you think of the new Ford GT?

-tgriffith

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