No matter how much the new NSX tried to steal the show, the car that wowed us the most amongst all the Detroit motor show reveals was the new Ford GT. No leaks, no three-year build-up with concepts and superhero movie appearances (cough NSX cough), just a muscular slice of carbonfibre Blue Oval we’d never seen before. Oh, and a massive power output. However, since this lightweight mid-engined supercar isn’t going into production until next year, we thought we’d look at something you can actually buy now: the previous Ford GT.
Well, the chances are you probably can’t buy one, as they’re unsurprisingly not that cheap. We’ve had to dispense with our usual trawl through the classifieds of our native United Kingdom, as there simply aren’t any for sale here at the moment (there are only 71 on these shores according to How Many Left, anyway), but there are a few being flogged in the States. This one is up for sale at Bentley Gold Coast via eBay for $259,995 (£171,000). Ouch.
Still, that’s not much more than the US base price for a Lamborghini Huracan for something which will be far more exclusive in the long run, so let’s take a look at what you get for your cash.
Mounted in the middle is a 5.4-litre supercharged version of Ford’s modular V8, good for 550bhp and 500lb ft of torque. Vital stats? You can expect 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph. Make no mistake, this is a seriously fast car.
The GT isn’t a typical point-and-squirt muscle car, either. Its handling was particularly well received by the world’s motoring press when the car was launched, with favourable comparisons made even to its mid-engined Italian rivals. High praise indeed.
It’s a magnificent car that’s sure to go down in history as one of the all-time American greats, and if we had the cash - and lived in the right country - we’d be on the phone right now.