Ford GT Preview | Riser Ford Lincoln


Brushing the dust off one of the most eye-catching cars in automotive history, Ford has announced that they will reintroduce the Ford GT after ten years off the market. In honor of the 1966 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans by the original GT40, Ford introduced the newest version of the GT at the North American International Auto Show in 2015 with vehicles expected to be delivered to the lucky few by the end of 2016. At Riser Ford, we are getting excited about the new Ford GT, so we have written a preview of one of the most exciting production cars in the world.

Performance: The Ford GT is a self-proclaimed hypercar, and it has the muscle to back it up. Sitting behind the cabin like a rocket strapped to a bike, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that powers the 2017 GT produce more than 600 horsepower. With a top speed approaching 200 miles per hour, the Ford GT is one of the fastest production cars in the world. To keep the vehicle light, there is no electric motor powering the front axle, as there is in the Porsche 918 Spyder. The goal is to draw focus to the EcoBoost engine branding.

Body: Lightweight. Aggressive. Iconic. Few cars emulate these words better than the 2017 Ford GT. Taking notes from the original GT40 and the most recent incarnation of the GT, last built in 2006, the 2017 edition sports the same grand design with a few new changes. The flying buttresses jutting out of the frame not only add strength and reduce drag but the beams, usually seen on the great Gothic churches of the Middle Ages, create downforce helping the spoiler keep the GT on the ground when it flies down the highway.

Availability: Dreaming about owning one of these? Sorry. With only 500 planned for production over the course of two years, Ford has opened and closed an application period with the lucky few having been notified. For the handful of people who have the opportunity to continue, it will take another $400,000 before they have the privilege of owning the Ford GT. While there may be later production periods, most people with knowledge of Ford’s operations say that it isn’t likely.

Combining power, style, and exclusivity, Ford has carved out a spot among the Europeans with a car that sends a message across the sea that Americans can create a car that competes with exotics of the world. While we at the bottom may never get to sit behind the wheel of one of these works of art, it certainly doesn’t hurt to admire the craftsmanship of the oldest automaker in the United States.

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