If you want to get your hands on the new 2017 Ford GT, start saving you’re pennies. It’s going to be far more exclusive and expensive than the last one. Ford will reportedly limit 2017 production to only several hundred of its ultra-high-performance supercars, and it will be priced in the $400,000 range, in line with the Lamborghini Aventador.
The high price tag is a bit surprising to some considering Ford’s last GT built from 2005–2006 was priced much lower at around $150,000. Ford made more of those, however, producing just over 4,000 before ending production in 2006. This time, we’re hearing production could be far more limited at 250 models, according to Ford Performance Director Dave Pericak who revealed more details at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show. He also says the cars will be almost entirely hand-built. So it’s likely these will be hot commodities indeed, with no lack of buyers even for the sky high sticker price.
The upcoming GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever, and a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 that produces more than 600 horsepower. Ford also says the GT will also make extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum, enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “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.”
The new Ford GT goes into production in 2016 and will go on sale shortly thereafter. It’s one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.
In Geneva, Ford also unveiled its much anticipated Focus RS. The third-generation model churns out 315 horsepower and comes with an industry first drift mode. It’s also the first RS model that will be sold in North America.
“The new Focus RS represents Ford at its passionate best – delivering innovation, unmatched driving dynamics and stunning performance that was previously only available with high-priced performance luxury marques and exotics,” said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are acutely aware of the benchmarks we’ve set ourselves with RS performance models through the years, and rest assured that this new car raises the game to a new level.
Focus RS production begins later this year.