Ford GT Drops in Detroit Along With All the Jaws

Ford GT Drops in Detroit Along With All the Jaws

Ford is making a glorious return to the supercar segment with the GT, a twin-turbo V6-powered exotic aimed squarely at the best from Italy.

The EcoBoost V6 cranks out more than 600 HP in this application and an undisclosed amount of torque, cementing it as the most powerful EcoBoost engine from Ford to date. That engine also uses a combination of port and direct injection, which should help to negate carbon buildup, a common problem on early direct injection engines that requires expensive and time consuming cleaning. The potent six-pot is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.

The car uses both carbon fiber and aluminum to save weight. The specific curb weight wasn’t announced today, but the company said it will boast “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.” Its cell is made of carbon fiber while the front and rear sub-frames are crafted from aluminum.

That structure sits on top of a racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension that offer variable ride height. Ford is using Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires made of a compound designed specifically for the car. Of course there are carbon ceramic brakes sitting behind the 20-inch wheels.

The debut is part of Ford’s overall announcement that it plans to launch 12 new performance cars by 2020 including the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.

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Active aerodynamics – including an adjustable rear spoiler – will play a major role in how the new GT performs, although once again Ford came in light on further details about the car. Of course, it will also come with the latest in Ford’s connected driving technology: Sync 3.

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”

Seats in the GT are integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell to save weight in a design trait Ford’s newest ultra performer shares with the LaFerrari. Like that car, the steering wheel and pedal box are adjustable to fit different drivers.

Ferrari also like to use steering wheels that are directly inspired by what you would find in an F1 race car and that’s exactly what Ford is using for the GT. In fact, the wheel is rich enough in controls to eliminate the need for stalks on the steering column.

There are still plenty of details left for Ford to release, but the company did confirm the most essential piece of information: this isn’t a concept and it will enter production in late 2016.

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GALLERY: Ford GT Official Photos

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GALLERY: 2017 Ford GT Live Photos

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  • craigcole

    LOVE what I’m seeing here, though I wish it offered a manual transmission. Cliche automotive journalist complaint, I know.

  • Charlie

    It is a manual transmission

  • Dennis Leboeuf

    It’s not, it’s a DCT

  • N R Jessup

    Looks like an old lotus plus it wont be built

  • Jeff T

    It’s a crime calling the motor an ecoboost in a supercar. It should be called superboost or thrustboost or something sexy.

  • Mark S

    What a great looking machine. Ford may rely on the F150 for sales in the US, the Focus and the Fiesta maybe their staple cars in markets, they have an awesome Mustang muscle/sprot car, but damned awesome they can pull this out of the hast as well.

  • Mark S

    Twin Turbocharged works fine.

  • brn

    It was initially called Twin Force, before marketing decided to change it to EcoBoost

  • shawn m

    v6 ecoboost in a supercar = JUNK

  • johnls39 .

    This is a beautiful car but that interior looks like shit, though. Should be one hell of a performer.

  • Christopher Marshall

    Double clutch transmissions are not new. Some of the Chrysler Chargers, & Valiants had a twin clutch transmission.

  • Thunderpriest

    The TTV6 is mandated by WEC rules for homologation purposes.
    Ford will be entering the GT in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and if they used the 5.2L from the GT350R, it would be forced to run without a supercharger or turbocharger due to its displacement. see very high HP numbers and qualify for Le Mans, they HAD TO go with the twin turbo V6.
    The engine will produce more than 600hp and has been tested/raced quite extensively in the Daytona Prototypes run by Chip Ganassi and Michael Shank.
    As a matter of fact, the EcoBoost V6 just set 3 speed records at Daytona….Fastest lap (222+mph), Fastest standing 10k (202+mph) and 10 mile (210+mph).
    I’d hardly call a production car with that engine “junk”.

  • Jeff T

    Thanks for the info. Marketing ruins everything!

  • steveinglendale

    He was just another Ford hater troll, but thanks for the cogent reply.

  • Mark S

    Borrowed your response with credits, for some similar banter at Car & Driver.

  • Mark S

    It is the way of it now with the high end cars. The automated manuals are so quick and so intuitive, I think the manual shifters will be for the enthusiasts on a budget, sad to say.

  • mudslide

    I guess you won’t be picking one up then….

  • Alan

    V6 motors are now getting “street cred”, try the Ford 3.7 Cyclone DOHC 315 Hp in 2011-2015 Mustang that will keep up or pass a 4.6 L V8 motor.

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