The upcoming 2016 Ford GT will have a curb weight of “around 2,890 lbs”, and will be priced at $397,500. You can also expect Ford to produce only 1,000 Ford GT’s total, some 250 units of a four year span.
The 3.5L EcoBoost powerplant will also crank out ‘around’ 630HP – making this new supercar highest power-to-weight ratio of any production car ever built.
Considering the popularity of the Ford GT that was released a decade ago – and the price inflation that came with those cars over the years, it’s no surprise that Ford can command a ~$400,000 price tag, especially considering the heavy use of carbon fiber, active aerodynamics and other evolutionary technology equipped on this car.
Check out all the race goodies that you get with this car:
- Comprehensive carbon fiber construction (Carbon-fiber passenger cell, carbon-fiber body)
- Active Aerodynamics (Dynamic Aero Technology)
- Dual Clutch Transmission
- Pushrod Suspension
- And the 3.5L TT engine is a straight race motor. For reference, the old GT motor was about $36k to replace and we guarantee that this 3.5L is going to be well north of that.
Remember, this new GT was designed to race at LeMans, with a road-going version being of secondary importance. And that’s a good thing, by the way.
You also have to consider that this won’t be a higher-production, four-thousand unit car like the 2005-06 Ford GT. The production quantity of this new Ford GT will be much lower – expect 1,000 units over a four-year period. Between the exotic construction and the low production volumes, trust us – it’s going to be a expensive car. As in, $397,500.
Furthermore, Ford isn’t exactly naive of current exotic market values. They are well aware of the fact that the market value of the older Ford GT (05/06) hovers around $240,000 – and sometimes examples come up in $300-500k range, depending on how low of mileage and options.
It’s unrealistic to think that Ford would release a far more sophisticated, higher performance, low-volume specialty car – ten years later – at a significant discount to the market value of the last one. If they did, that would just ensure dealers add on $150-200k right off the bat, which is likely anyways.
Look at the overall exotic car market as well. It’s easy to find a 650S with an MSRP around for $350k. Same for the 458 Speciale. Even though they are not similar in purpose, the Aventador shares some construction commonalities with GT, and they are on the market for $450,000 all day. Even the Nismo GT-R is a $150k car, and the Porsche Turbo S now starts at ~$184k. The new Ford GT is going to be a long, long way from that.