Production-Intent Ford GT, 2016 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
One of the most anticipated new cars hitting the streets this year is the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT. With so much attention, and the scrutiny that's bound to come with the car's launch, one has to wonder if the Blue Oval can deliver without disappointment.
In a recent Twitter poll we asked you if the new Ford GT will be a benchmark. Overwhelmingly, 67 percent of you said, "Yup! Have you seen it?" Of course, this is a fair response, and frankly one many could have anticipated.
Will the new Ford GT be a benchmark?— MotorAuthority (@motorauthority) August 31, 2016
The new GT looks truly modern, yet evokes the heritage of both the original GT40 and GT from the mid 2000s.
With carbon fiber construction, LED lighting, carbon ceramic brakes, a dual-clutch transmission, and more electronics than any supercar maker imagined even a decade ago, the GT is a truly modern supercar that will compete with Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, and Porsches for enthusiasts' garage space.
Instead of a V-8 engine--or V-10--like much of the competition, the new GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. While Ford hasn't released power figures yet, it's believed to have 630 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, not all of you think the GT will be held with such high regard, as 23 percent of you said it won't be a benchmark with a Ford badge.
Apparently, some of you aren't reading Motor Authority daily as 5 percent of you said, "There's a new GT?" while another 5 percent of you said, "What's the GT?" For all of you, we suggest you read up on it here.
We've made no bones about it, Ford's making some big mistakes with the new GT, but that doesn't mean we aren't excited about it.
The GT oozes heritage, bleeds red-white-and-blue, and has made America proud.
Whether it will be a benchmark, time will tell.