It’s been two long years since Ford first showed us the new GT. Since then, its been a mainstay of the auto show circuit, never failing to look like a wild concept rather than a car meant for production. Now, though, there’s no denying the truth: the 2017 Ford GT is here.
Vanishingly small manufacturing numbers mean this will pretty much be an instant classic. The first 750 are already sold; with Ford only making around 250 a year, that means three full years of supply accounted for. Eventually, the automaker will re-open the application process for the remaining cars, and if you’re deemed worthy of spending upward of $450k on this engineering marvel, you’ll get to snap up one of the last.
It’s hard to argue that the GT isn’t worth the money, though. The outrageous design – complete with vast cutaway sections and imposing flying-buttresses – satisfies aerodynamics first and foremost; that it’s also achingly pretty and beguilingly complex, full of fascinating details, is a pleasant bonus. Under the rear glass there’s a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6, bearing the EcoBoost name but unlike anything you’d find in a common-or-garden Focus or Edge.
647 horsepower, 550 lb-ft. of torque, and a 216 mph top speed suggest Ford really isn’t playing around. Throw in a carefully integrated roll cage into the carbon-fiber heavy interior and you can take it to the track as soon as it rolls off the delivery truck.