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2005 Ford GT
By Dave Good

Click for detail photo. The Ford GT is another car that you’re likely only to see in magazine spreads or read about in performance reviews and periodicals. Why? Let’s do the math. Last year (the car’s first year in production), it went like this: only between 1,000 and 1,500 Ford GTs were made. There are 3,500 Ford dealers in the US. The first round of buyers for the $100,000 dollar-plus car were rumored to be Ford execs with the second round going to dealers who wanted a six-figure sports car but were limited to domestic product by politics and brand name loyalty. Think about it - until now, there have been no American supercars since the Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. The Dodge Viper and the Corvette surely came close but have never crossed over into the netherworld of Diablos, Carreras, and Testarossas. The new Ford GT does exactly that. Perhaps it will fill the gap for those drivers and collectors who would never ever consider buying German or Italian, whatever the reasons.

Patterned after the famous GT40 of the ‘60’s, the Ferrari killer that took Le Mans in 1966 and thereafter for the next three consecutive years, the current GT is a little longer and a bit taller. But it still has Ferrari in its gunsights; Ford’s engineers admit they bought a 360 Modena and dissected it before launching into the 10-month design blitz that culminated in the release of the GT. All this, and just in time for an unveiling at Ford’s Centennial last year.

A mid-engine car, the GT runs on a 500 hp 5.4 supercharged V8 that redlines at 6,500 rpm. With the rear deck lifted, the engine looks a bit like an F1 hybrid, but with the classic blue valve covers that say Powered by Ford. The rear wheel drive car carries a little chubb – 3,350 pounds all told – but it can still do 0-62 mph in a quick 3.8 seconds. That puts it on a par with the marvelous Porsche Carrera GT (although some test drivers have said the Porsche launch feels more like 3.5 sec). The Ford GT tops out at 205mph, again pushing easily into Carrera GT territory. The classic sweep of the doors cut into the Ford’s roofline, and actual frame parts form the otherwise Spartan interior. Wheels are 18”in the front and 19” in the rear; the transmission is a manual six-speed. Finally, the sticker price: MSRP is $139,995.

The Ford GT’s good looks are destined for classic status, as in movie star classic. Count on Ford Motor Company shelling out to get this supercar showcased in many Hollywood productions to come. But in the final analysis, one has to ask is this the real deal, or just an expensive ploy calculated to bring interest to the Ford brand? 2007 is slated as the final year of production of the Ford GT…or so Ford brass says. If this car lives up to any of its hype, my guess says that demand will keep the GT in production for years to come at any price.

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Posted April 8, 2006
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