Stunning 2016 Ford GT supercar: spy shots, specs and on sale date

Many of us are still reeling from the shock unveiling of the new Ford GT at the Detroit Motor Show in January, but there’s now reason for more excitement as it’s finally off the show plinth and testing on the roads. 

The dramatic supercar will be delivered to the first customers at the end of 2016, but it’s already out on Michican plates being put through its paces. Ford is aware there’s no point in disguising it as its been seen by the world, so a vicious-looking matt grey paintjob is the only attempt at camouflage.

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That low, wedgy stance is clearer than ever amongst the SUV-heavy Michican streets, as are the enormous flying buttresses, rakish rear end and aerodynamic body slits. It’s Ford’s second attempt at a modern take on the retro GT40 Le Mans racer of the 1960s.

We know that the new GT sports a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine, and is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The body is made primarily from carbon-fibre, and Ford promises “one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car”.

Ford hasn’t given us a pricetag yet, but it’s strongly hinted at around the £250,000 mark. Ford will build it in fairly limited numbers (around 250 a year) in order to preserve its exclusivity. 

2016 Ford GT: motorshow debuts 

The Ford GT made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, having been revealed for the first time at the Detroit Motor Show back in January 2015.

With a price tag expected to be pushing £250,000, the all-new supercar has been benchmarked against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Speciale, confirmed by Ford’s chief technical officer, Raj Nair.

The new GT is a key part of Ford’s promise to deliver 12 global performance models by 2020. Also included in that list are the new Focus RS, F-150 Raptor and Shelby GT350.

Set to be built in Canada, the GT is powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine delivering upwards of 600bhp. That’s paired with a unique seven-speed dual clutch transmission. From power output alone, the GT should produce performance that strikes fear into the world’s most prominent supercar manufacturers, such as FerrariLamborghini and McLaren.

While it’s still 18 months away from showrooms, Ford officials also confirmed that 95 per cent of the car’s design will be carried over to the production model we see next year.

“It’s a showcase for all our latest technology, including EcoBoost performance and aerodynamics,” Mark Fields, Ford CEO and president, told us earlier in the year at Detroit. “We’ve been working on it for a little over a year.”