For the uninitiated, the Ford GT can seem like it’s out of left field. After all, we’re talking about a $400,000+ supercar from the company better known for shifting F-150 pickup trucks and Focus compacts. But for those with knowledge of motorsports, or even just the retro-steeped 2005-2006 GT, it makes perfect sense.
Simply put, today’s Ford GT is one of the most exciting cars distinctive cars on the road. The mid-engined, carbon-fiber-bodied GT is powered by a 647-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. 0-60 mph happens in just 2.8 seconds and top speed is pegged at 216 mph. Clearly not a car for everyone, Ford is building the GT in Ontario, Canada in small enough volumes that it’s had to institute a lottery system to evaluate prospective owners. Those lucky souls who get to buy one will have one of the most dynamic cars on the planet, and a future blue-chip collectible.
The Ford GT isn't the newest, quickest, fastest, rarest or most-expensive car driving down California's Highway 1 during Monterey Car Week, but based on the crowd's reaction, you'd never know. It's a supercar that's met with shoulder slaps and "Dude, check it out" at every intersection, and the only person smiling wider than the enthusiastic onlookers is, well, me.
Driving the Ford GT is an experience. The dihedral doors don't lift quite as far as I want, making the shimmy into the cabin extremely unglamorous. The seat in this car was clearly designed for someone much taller than me, and while the pedals do move and the steering wheel telescopes slightly, at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, I'm still arms out and legs crunched. (Maybe I should've used a pillow.)
Yet somehow, all this pre-drive hokey-pokey feels appropriate. Like strapping into a race car, the GT isn't a car you just get in and drive. You need to take stock of the GT's compromised sightlines and give yourself a crash course on the squircle steering wheel's controls. Yeah, the rotary gear selector was clearly ripped from a Fusion, but the rest of the GT's cabin is like no other Ford you've ever seen.
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