In 2006 a friend’s dad bought a new $150,000 Ford GT. It was low to the ground and sleek. I stood next to the car and towered over the roof as I wondered how a guy could afford to buy such an exclusive supercar.
A week later he bought one for his wife.
I never got to drive either of the cars, but I did see them every day as my friend was picked up from work by one of her parents. That was when I fell in love with the GT.
The GT was only produced for the 2005 and 2006 model years, then silently slipped into the past. Today those cars are worth far more than they were a decade ago, with some selling for upwards of $300,000 each.
At last year’s Detroit Auto Show, Ford surprised show-goers with a concept for an all-new GT. This year we could see the production-ready version, but this time prices might make used versions look downright affordable.
Aside from basic specs, such as an engine that will produce somewhere north of 600 horsepower, not much is known about Ford’s new supercar. One of my favorite quotes on the topic comes from Car & Driver and says,
When Ford’s global performance vehicle chief engineer Jamal Hameedi started to tell us how his team was targeting “the best power-to-weight ratio,” we figured the sentence would end with “in its class.” Nope. Hameedi instead capped off the claim with “of any car on the market.”
Sweet. Perhaps the greatest news about the new GT, though, is that there won’t be any electric motors to be found. That’s right, all of those 600+ ponies will come from an EcoBoost twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine. We also know the spoiler will serve at least a couple of purposes. It will provide downforce to the rear wheels, but it will also have an air-brake function and be able to rise vertically and tilt to create drag.
Plus, there’s a really good chance that Ford will take the GT to LeMans in 2016 and compete with Ferrari, just like it did with the original GT-40 back in the 1960s.
Now that you’re hooked, let’s talk price. Here’s what Hameedi said:
It is going to kind of be in the space of Lamborghini Aventador. They start around $400,000. It may be lower, it may be higher, but it will be that space.
Maybe a $300,000 2005 Ford GT isn’t so bad. For most of us, though, the only GT that’ll be in our garages will have the name Mustang in front of it.
Could you see yourself spending $400,000 on a Ford when you could have a Lamborghini?