What’s New For 2018?
Fresh from its debut last year, the 2018 Ford GT carries over pretty much unchanged.
What We Like
Amazing technology and engineering; stunning performance; closest thing to a road-going race car you’ll likely encounter; neat trick features
What We Don’t
Tremendously expensive; austere interior will turn off some drivers; V6 is amazing, but more cylinders would always be appreciated
The 2018 Ford GT is the latest supercar on the market, rivaling high-dollar vehicles from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren — despite a mainstream-brand blue oval on the front. But it fits right in with those heavyweights, thanks to amazing performance, technology and styling.
We’ll start on the outside, where the new Ford GT’s appearance is unmistakably aggressive and muscular. While the last Ford GT — a retro-styled exotic car made in 2005 and 2006 — was beautiful and eye-catching, the new one is far more assertive, touting a race-car appearance for the road. That makes sense, since the latest GT road car was developed alongside Ford’s GT race car.
Inside, things are pretty basic. Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini cars, there’s no hand-stitched trim and beautiful leather upholstery here. Instead, everything is functional — including the massive array of carbon fiber on the dashboard, and the seats, which are fixed in place to save weight. The GT also includes a complicated steering wheel with nearly two dozen buttons and switches so you’ll never have to remove your hands in a performance-driving scenario.
And you’ll probably find yourself in a lot of performance-driving scenarios, because the GT is certainly built for speed. Although the GT offers "only" a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which shares its block with the powertrain in the Ford F-150, it’s tuned for an unbelievable 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque in this application. Combine that with the coupe’s quick 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and you’ll get from zero to 60 in around three seconds on your way to an amazing top speed of 216 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, all that performance comes at a price — a substantial one. Although Ford has now begun accepting orders, the exact price is rumored to start around $450,000, with a 50-percent down payment due up front. That is, of course, a huge number — especially for a V6-powered Ford. But the 2018 Ford GT delivers a world-class driving experience that rivals the best supercars on the market.