Ford Motor Company has finally revealed some of the performance specs for its new GT supercar.
The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 fitted to the car makes 647 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 550 pound-feet of torque at 5,900 rpm, with 90 percent of that torque figure coming up at 3,500 rpm.
We also know via the EPA that the car returns 11 mpg city, 18 highway and 14 combined, which is worse than the fuel economy of the V-10-powered Dodge Viper.
The mid-mounted engine features a 9.0:1 compression ratio and is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a limited-slip differential.
The top speed is 216 mph, making the GT the fastest production car in Ford history. We don’t have a figure for acceleration but most of the cars in this class will hit 60 mph in 3.0 seconds or less and we have no doubt that the same will be true for the GT.
The dry weight is 3,053.84 pounds, which is quite a bit more than the 2,712-lb dry weight of the 666-hp McLaren 675LT, though in Ford’s own testing the GT proved quicker around a track.
During testing, Ford pitted a GT against a 675LT as well as a Ferrari 458 Speciale in a race against the clock at Canada’s Calabogie Motorsports Park. With the same driver for each of the cars, the GT clocked a time of 2:09.8 around the 3.1-mile track. The McLaren’s time was 2:10.8 and the Ferrari’s 2:12.9.
This was no independent test so the figures shouldn’t be taken at face value. However, they do provide a benchmark in which future tests can be measured against. We’re sure if Ford isn’t willing to deliver a GT for testing, some owners will.