Ford GT Review
Designed to celebrate Ford’s centenary and revive its iconic history, the 2004-2006 Ford GT specs were first unveiled in 2002 as the GT40 concept car. This concept car was dreamed up with the aid of the original designer of Ford’s Shelby GT500 in an attempt to recapture the essence of prior flagship models. While the Ford GT was built from 2004 to 2006 are inspired by the 1960’s GT40, there are notable differences in size, structure, and performance. Despite this, the Ford GT was well received by Ford enthusiasts and the American automaker proved that their visionary concepts can withstand the test of time.
Ford GT Engine
The first generation, 2005-2006 Ford GT is powered by a 5.4-liter Ford Modular supercharged V8 engine mounted in the mid-rear. This robust engine packs a punch with an impressive output of 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm. The inclusion of this engine, paired with an innovative design, enables the Ford GT top speed to reach a whopping 205 MPH. The Ford GT offers acceleration that is equally staggering, going from 0 to 60 MPH in a mere 3.4 seconds. Along with the production of a sound that is purely Ford, this vehicle is in a class of its own.
Ford GT Specs:
Horsepower: 550 hp
Torque: 550 lb-ft
0-60: 3.4 seconds
1/4 Mile: 11.2 @127 mph
Top Speed: 205 mph
Weight: 3,485 lbs
Production Numbers: 4,038
Ford GT Transmission
In a world full of automatic and semi-automatic car transmissions, the 2005-2006 Ford GT features a conventional 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive in 5th and 6th gear. For classic car lovers, this is a huge advantage because it provides a more hands-on driving experience. This incorporation of a manual transmission also pays homage to the legendary race car style models of the past, like Mustangs and Thunderbirds which also featured manual transmissions. Unlike several other Ford models, there is no option for a different transmission.
Ford GT Brakes
A lighting top speed of 205 MPH means that safety was also taken into consideration while designing the Ford GT. To ensure that the Ford GT is able to stop at the drop of a dime while flying in excess of 200 MPH, Ford designers opted to include a forceful braking system which contains four-piston aluminum Brembo brake calipers that are cross-drilled and include rotors that are vented in each corner. The inclusion of these highly regarded brakes allows you to go from 60 MPH to a stop in just 114 feet.
Ford GT Design
Inspired by the original GT40 race car, the first generation of the Ford GT was intended to maintain the thrilling aspects of a racecar while also developing a performance and style that was suitable for the road. The most notable difference between the original and the reimagined model is the change in both the size and shape of the exterior design. With dimensions of 182.8 inches in length, 76.9 inches in width and 44.3 inches in height, the Ford GT is significantly wider and around 3 inches taller than the GT40 race car. It is crafted from exotic construction materials like a superplastic frame, aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber which also aid in decreasing the curb weight and the amount of drag encountered on the street. To celebrate 100 years, the automaker also incorporated a “100” in the car’s headlight cluster to hint at its exclusive nature.
Ford GT Price
When new, the Ford GT had an MSRP of about $145,000 and most sat on dealer showroom floors. If you are interested in purchasing a Ford GT, the price is likely a large consideration. For 2005-2006 Ford GT prices, the cost is generally linked to the overall condition of the vehicle. As these models are older, factors like the appearance and mileage will be the most influential when it comes to pricing. Other factors, such as how well the vehicle has been maintained over the years and any upgrades will also guide the starting price of the vehicle. For a 2005 with low mileage in excellent aesthetic condition, you can expect to pay up to $400,000 while a 2006 Ford GT supercar with higher mileage and minor cosmetic blemishes may go for closer to $270,000.
Ford GT Interior
Entering the cockpit of the Ford GT, you are first greeted by the luxurious leather seats. While these low-slung seats are similar in composition to seats featured in racecars, the choice of leather enhances the style and comfort of the interior. A further glimpse inside reveals an equally luscious backseat suitable for two passengers as well as a sound system, sophisticated trim and an elegantly designed center console. A sporty steering wheel paired with traditional gauges truly gives you the feel of being inside a conventional racecar with the added benefit of extra legroom and extra space in the rear.
Ford GT Standout Features
Initially, when the Ford GT specs were released, the demand for the car was drastically higher than the number of vehicles that were available. Small production numbers of around 4,038, with many designated for foreign markets, caused the original retail value of the Ford GT to skyrocket up to more than $100,000 over the suggested retail price of $139,995. This base model arrived without stripes or the perfect McIntosh audio system, and with cast wheels. Buyers could choose from nearly $14,000 in options that included wheels, suspension, stripes, audio, and the colors of Gulf Oil (heritage edition).
Other notable inclusions such as the rich heritage, wide body and doors that cut into the roof of the car, are held in high regard by Ford fanatics. Paired with more advanced technology and a more active design, the 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles are more contemporary than their namesake yet still manage to remain true to the allure and performance of their predecessor. For others, the Ford GT takes the center stage. A powerful and robust engine with a classic look and style, the Ford GT marries together the best of the past and the future to create truly one of a kind vehicle.