Forget that the 2021 Ford GT’s price makes it virtually unobtainable and just appreciate its dramatic design and incredible performance. And never mind that it’s a Ford product that costs at least half-a-million dollars. This car has a racing history—it won its class at the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans—that shows it belongs alongside the world’s most desirable supercars. Sure, the GT’s twin-turbo V-6 is less exotic than the 8-, 10-, 12-, and 16-cylinder engines that power some of its rivals, but the mighty EcoBoost under its rear deck generates 660 horses and loads of torque. Feeding the rear wheels through a lightning-fast dual-clutch automatic, this combination provides near-terrifying acceleration. While the 2021 GT is best experienced on a racetrack where it can showcase its awesome capability, it’s also almost as easy to drive in the daily grind as a Ford Mustang. Of course, the supercar will get a lot more attention than the pony car.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 GT receives only aesthetic updates, which include a new graphics package with customizable colors, according to a tweet by Ford. While it’s possible that the company makes other updates to the latest model year, it did specify that the GT will still make 660 horsepower.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Ford hasn’t released official pricing for the 2021 GT, but we expect the supercar to continue to start at $500,000. Although that means most of us could never afford to own this exotic Ford, it’s still fun to dream and fiddle with the configurator on the consumer site. We like the Frozen White exterior color paired with the Lightning Blue stripes that run over the top of the car. We’d also opt for the glossy carbon-fiber lower finish and 20-inch wheels for an added dose of raciness. A set of blue brake calipers completes the look. Inside, we’re drawn to the Light Speed interior trim, which covers the cabin with a mix of black leather and blue microsuede surfaces.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Unlike the supercharged V-8 in the previous-generation GT, the new car is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is similar to the one found in the Ford F-150 Raptor. Pumping out 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, the V-6 is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the last version we tested had a few less horses, it still posted supercar-worthy acceleration times. Piloting the GT is surprisingly easy, and the big car feels light and agile from behind the wheel. Despite its performance potential, the ride isn’t as punishing as you might imagine; the suspension rides just short of choppy over minor bumps, but it’ll still transmit some harsh impacts through to the cabin.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Preserving fossil fuels is the lowest priority when it comes to hypercars. However, the Ford GT is one of the most efficient examples. While neither Ford nor the EPA have released fuel-economy ratings for the 2021 GT, we don’t expect its figures to change from the previous year. The government estimates the 2020 model will earn 12 mpg city and 18 highway. Compare that with gas guzzlers like the Bugatti Chiron(9/15 mpg city/highway) and the Lamborghini Aventador (9/14 mpg city/highway). Then again, the Ford has six few cylinders than the Lambo and 10 fewer than the Bugatti. Since we haven’t tested any of these high-dollar machines on our 200-mile highway route, we can’t evaluate their real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior is similarly arresting but for a different reason: It’s extremely minimalistic and driver focused, with almost every control relegated to the race-car-inspired steering wheel. Getting inside is a challenge, but once you’re there, you’ll notice the driver’s seat doesn’t adjust. Instead, Ford engineered the pedals and steering wheel to adjust to the driver’s position in the fixed seat. The gauge cluster looks as if it were taken directly out of the Ford GT race car, and another digital display is inset into the suede-wrapped dashboard and controls the infotainment functions.
Infotainment and Connectivity
With the priority focused on driving, the GT doesn’t offer the litany of infotainment and connectivity features that most modern cars do. Still, it has a 6.5-inch touchscreen that supports Ford’s Sync 3 software. It also responds to voice commands and has built-in navigation for those who want to road-trip this $500,000 machine.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ford GT is a low-volume, ultra-high-performance model, so it’s not crash-tested by either agency that conducts these evaluations. Likewise, it lacks any of the driver-assistance technology that is traditionally cooked into most modern consumer cars.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Despite its exclusivity and lofty price tag, the GT does have a familiar warranty. However, Ford doesn’t cap the mileage on its limited and powertrain coverage during their three-year periods.
- Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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