Ford promised us a 440kW-plus supercar and it’s delivered, big time.
The company has just revealed full specs on its incoming GT and the figures prove it’s ready to get stuck into key rivals from Europe.
Even with two cylinders less than a Ferrari 488 GTB or McLaren 675LT, the GT’s 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 makes no excuses in the power department.
The engine produces a sizeable 482kW at 6250rpm on American 93 octane fuel, while torque builds to a 746Nm peak at 5900rpm.
Such figures make it the least powerful of the McLaren/Ferrari/Ford trio, but only just. The 488 sports only 6kW and 14Nm more, while the McLaren’s actually 46Nm down on the GT.
The Ford’s stonk is channelled by a new Getrag developed seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, codenamed ‘7DCL750’, to an LSD equipped rear axle.
And while there’s no mention of a 0-100km/h time, the GT cruises past both rivals on the Autobahn. It comfortably trumps their 330km/h top-speeds with a 346km/h Vmax.
Ford’s clever ‘active dynamics systems’ allows the dizzying top speed, which changes suspension, ride height, and aerodynamic settings based on what drive mode’s selected on the steering wheel.
In ‘Vmax’ mode a 50mm ride height drop hunkers down the GT on its 20-inch wheels and stows away the rear wing. Multimatic DSSV dampers are also electronically adjusted to their firmest settings.
Speaking of wheels, the GT’s 20-inch items measure 8.5-inches wide up front and 11.5-inches out back, and will come wrapped exclusively in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber.
The GT will rely on a carbon-ceramic brake system for slow, with 394mm and 360mm discs front to rear.
Dry weight comes in at 1363kg, some 163kg heavier than a 675LT but 7kg lighter than the Fezza.
It all amounts to one second around Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, according to Ford, where the McLaren clocked a 2:10.8 laptime against the GT's 2:09.8 during testing.
As for the Ferrari’s time? Ford curiously only quotes lap data on Ferrari’s 458 Speciale and not its successor, the 488 GTB, which it challenged and beat at Le Mans last year.
The atmo V8 engined supercar was the slowest with a 2:12.9.