The 2017 Ford GT fans can finally rest easy with the official stats of the American supercar now out in the open. The new stats managed to raise a few eyebrows and muster a few shoulder shrugs.
The GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 647-hp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm. All 90 percent of torque is available at just 3,500 rpm. All is good for now right? Well, considering that this engine is an EcoBoost, Ford didn’t care all too much about the “Eco” part as the new 2017 Ford GT returns 11 mpg to the city and 18 mpg highway. Yea, those numbers are comparable to a thirsty V10 Dodge Viper, but even worse.
Then the argument arises; who buys a supercar for mileage anyways. While to some extent this may be true, some can admire the engineering marvels that come out of German supercars with just as much horsepower and 100 percent better mileage. There is no excuse for slack.
The twin-turbo V6 is mounted in the middle and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with power being sent to the rear-wheels only via limited-slip differential. Rear-wheel drive can prove to be a very effective weapon at the track if honed right.
The 2017 Ford GT tops out at 216 mph which makes it the faster production Ford in automotive history. Ford refrained from mentioning a 0-60 mph time – don’t expect anything above 3.0 seconds but don’t be too optimistic since this car isn’t AWD, the number isn’t going to be all too impressive. 0-60 mph is irrelevant at this point, it’s all about handling and track durability/performance.
The American hero weighs in at 3,053 pounds weighing a considerable amount more than the track focused 666-hp McLaren 675LT at 2,712 lbs. Ford says the GT is much faster around the track though.
According to Ford’s tests on the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, the 2017 Ford GT went up against a Ferrari 458 Speciale and a McLaren 675LT, all driven by the same driver and the GT was almost a second quicker than the British McLaren. The time quoted for the GT was 2:09.8 while the 675LT recorded a 2:10.8 and the Ferrari clocked in at 2:12.9.