The new 2017 Ford GT has been getting all kinds of hype over the last couple years and the time has finally come where it’s going to be released to the public. Part of the reason the car has received so much publicity is because of the vast amount of secrecy behind the details on the car. As time has gone by, we’ve finally started to get a basic understanding of what the new third generation GT will be.
We know that it’s absolutely gorgeous, and without a doubt screams “supercar” no matter which angle you look at it. It has almost everything that a supercar should have including the super low and wide stance, aggressive styling, and a ridiculous price tag. The one thing it doesn’t have though, is the grunting growl exhaust note the comes from a V8. Granted that may not be a requirement for a “supercar” as much as it would be for a “muscle car”. But technically isn’t the GT attempting to be the perfect combination of the two styles?
Even though it doesn’t have a V8, the GT is supposed to have incredible performance that will rival anything coming from the European market that has dominated the supercar segment. However here’s the thing about that, Ford hasn’t released exact performance specs on the car. They’ve always listed the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 with 600+hp, but never an exact figure. This seems incredibly odd seeing as how the first production car was rolled off the assembly line on December 17, 2016, and apparently has already been delivered to one lucky customer.
According to a recent report on Car and Driver, the Ford GT was slapped with a “gas-guzzler” tax due to having extremely poor fuel efficiency. This might come as a shock to some people, myself included, because when you hear that Ford is going to be putting an “EcoBoost” V6 into the GT you have to assume that it’s going to at least be decently fuel efficient right? Unless you consider 14mpg “fuel efficient”, that’s not the case.
The EPA released the fuel economy ratings at just 11mpg in the city, 18mpg on the highway, and 14 combined overall. For comparison, the Lamborghini Aventador with its 700hp 6.5L V12 was rated at 11/18/13, and even Ford’s own 2017 Raptor, that features the same twin-turbo V6 used in the GT, had better ratings with 15/18/16! That’s a full-size performance offroad truck with better efficiency, although granted it is significantly less powerful with only 450hp, but it’s also heavier too.
So what does this mean? It’s not necessarily a bad thing from what we can tell. If you’re looking at buying a supercar, or muscle car, fuel efficiency won’t be as important to you as the performance. Especially on the former, because the price tags usually associated with supercars are so high that the people buying them aren’t concerned about gas prices, or money in general. It could also mean that GT could be a lot more powerful than Ford’s leading us to believe. They have said they’re aiming for the best power to weight ratio of any car on the market and that is a bold statement with cars out there like the Koenigsegg One:1, and the upcoming AM-RB 001 by Aston Martin and Reb Bull, that each have the perfect one horsepower to one kilogram power to weight ratio.
It’ll be interesting to see how things play out with the GT, and who knows, maybe it will be as good as it’s being made out to be. It wouldn’t be such a bad thing to have an American supercar that could compete with the best supercar manufacturers in the world right?