Will the new Ford GT be a benchmark?

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The excitement surrounding the new Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT is reaching new highs as we near the supercar's market launch. Enthusiasts' eyes are all looking at the Blue Oval to deliver on the hype, but will the new Ford GT be a benchmark?

There are sports cars, supercars, and now, even hypercars. Where does the new GT fit in? Squarely in the supercar category based on the expected specifications and price.

The original GT40 set out to beat Ferrari [NYSE:RACE], and it did. The GT nameplate was resurrected in the early 2000s, and now on the 50th anniversary of its Le Mans win, it's coming back.

This week we are asking you in our latest Twitter poll: Will the new Ford GT be a benchmark?

For those that forgot, the new Ford GT was announced at the 2015 Detroit auto show and ran—and won its class—during the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. It will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 with power sent to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

While power figures are unknown at this point, it's believed to have 630 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque. The body and much of the car will be made from carbon fiber, including the wheels.

We also just learned that it'll have hydraulic power steering unlike most new vehicles, which usually have electric power steering.

While it might have the Blue Oval badge on the front, it won't be able to just go to any Ford dealership for service. Only certain dealerships will be equipped to service the new supercar, which could pose a challenge for some owners.

It's no secret we feel Ford's making some big mistakes with the new GT. While it will likely have supercar performance, it's supposed to be the every-man's supercar, not a Ferrari.

 
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