Ford has announced details of the new Ford GT supercar, which will be available in Ireland from next year.
It says the new model ‘sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine’.
The GT is powered by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – the twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 produces more than 600 horsepower. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for ‘near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control’.
Going into production next year, the GT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
It’s among more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles on the way by 2020, including the Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R.
Making extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum, the GT features a mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and a ‘sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell’.
It has an ‘F1-style’ steering wheel, which integrates all driver controls. The instrument panel is fully digital and configurable.
The latest version of Ford’s in car connectivity system, SYNC3, will also be on offer in the GT.
Unveiling the new model at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, Raj Nair said: ‘The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar.
‘GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.’