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Ford drops the spec sheet for the 216-mph 2017 GT

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The Ford GT gets some official numbers
The Ford GT gets some official numbers
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Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
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Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
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Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
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Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
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Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
Ford GT production got underway last month
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Ford GT production got underway last month
Ford will build just 250 GTs per year
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Ford will build just 250 GTs per year
The GT is being built by Multimatic at a low-volume facility in Ontario
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The GT is being built by Multimatic at a low-volume facility in Ontario
Ford received more than 6,500 applications for just 500 GT cars
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Ford received more than 6,500 applications for just 500 GT cars
The Ford GT gets some official numbers
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The Ford GT gets some official numbers
Official! The Ford GT's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 puts out 647 hp
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Official! The Ford GT's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 puts out 647 hp
Ford highlighted the GT's digital instruments earlier this month
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Ford highlighted the GT's digital instruments earlier this month
The Ford GT goes yellow for the 2015 LA Auto Show
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The Ford GT goes yellow for the 2015 LA Auto Show

Ever since Ford introduced the all-new GT at NAIAS 2015, we've been stuck attaching the same tired "600+ hp" to the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. No longer. Today Ford dropped a fuller spec list for the 2017 GT, detailing not only its specific power figure, but also a top speed, weight and more. We knew the GT would be one of the most riveting cars out there and now Ford confirms it.

The GT owns a number of bragging rights within Dearborn, not least of which is the title of fastest production Ford ever. Its 216-mph (348-km/h) top speed puts it in the good company of the Lamborghini Centenario and LaFerrari Aperta, two 2016 debuts that top out at 217 mph (350 km/h).

We've long known that the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 mounted amidships would be the most powerful production EcoBoost ever, but what we didn't know was exactly how high above 600 hp it would rise. Now we know that the engine puts out 647 hp at 6,250 rpm to go along with 550 lb-ft at 5,900 rpm. The car weighs 3,054 lb (1,385 kg) dry.

Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015
Ford debuts the GT at NAIAS 2015

It may be fast, but the GT definitely isn't a straight-arrow land rocket, utilizing a precise mix of lightweight construction, active aerodynamics and active suspension to grip and rip the twists and straights of the track too. During development testing last year, Ford put it up against two very worthy competitors. The GT beat both the McLaren 675LT (2:10.8) and Ferrari 458 Speciale (2:12.9) with a 2:09.8 time at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada. Each car was meticulously prepared and raced by the same driver under identical conditions, says Ford.

"We achieved considerable weight savings with the carbon fiber architecture," explains Raj Nair, Ford executive VP for global product development and chief technical officer. "We then reinvested some of that savings into where it counts most – performance, specifically, the active dynamics. The result is an even faster car."

Fuel economy, for those wondering, is EPA-estimated at 11 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined – definitely more "supercar," less "Eco" (Boost).

Ford began deliveries of the US$450,000 2017 GT last month. Just 250 examples per year will roll out of the new, low-volume Multimatic assembly facility in Markham, Ontario.

Ford will build just 250 GTs per year
Ford will build just 250 GTs per year

GT buyers were selected through a rigorous application process. After Ford began accepting online applications for the first two production years last April, it piled up more than 6,500 applications in a month, all aimed at a total of just 500 cars.

In August, it announced that it would extend production for two years, at a rate of 250 models per year. Year three is reserved for applicants already on the wait list and year four will open the process up to deferred applicants and those that missed the application window the first time around.

Source: Ford

6 comments
Mike Donovan
$450 K plus TRUMP tax
LordInsidious
Can this beat the top of the line Tesla or is this another Ford sports car that a sedan can beat?
guzmanchinky
I'd rather have a 2 second 0-60 time than a 200 mph top end. Sad when an electric grocery getter can out drag it...
Rocky Stefano
Hey electric car lovers, keep driving your silent lawn mowers... I'll take the roar of the Ford GT any day over yours.
ljaques
I'd even love an electric model of the new Ford GT. What a beauty! <drool> Anyone got a spare $450k for me?
Michael Wilson
This Ford will easily walk away from a Tesla above 100mph, not to mention out handle one. Electrics are wonderful, but still have a weight issue. I really like the styling on these. I saw one at the detroit auto show a few years back and love the buttresses that go beneath the body work. It looks lean and skeletal, like its meant for the business of going fast. I really like it ,but I doubt we'll see it for too long. Honestly though, Ford should do another version with hybrid and torque fill with larger turbos.