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2019 Ford GT Review

Bred for circling race tracks, the 2019 Ford GT is far from being your typical Ford everyday driver. It is a supercar designed and engineered to hang with Europe’s big names, like the Ferrari 488, the Audi R8 and the Porsche 911. You can toss Japan’s Acura NSX and the Nissan GT-R into the group while you are at it.

Although Ford was only planning to build and market 500 GTs during 2017 and 2018, it decided to extend production for a total of six years. It’s the only reason we are even reviewing it for 2019. For all intents and purposes, the GT is unchanged for this year. If you have $500,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket and a garage that’s already packed with vehicles you can actually drive every day, why not take a flier and try to get your name on the waiting list? And good luck to you — more than 7,000 applicants are chasing a total of 1,350 units.

What’s New?

Nothing new for 2019. See the 2019 Ford GT models for sale near you

What We Like

  • 647 horsepower
  • Carbon fiber shell
  • Hot looks
  • Superb handling

What We Don’t

  • Tight cockpit
  • Crazy expensive
  • Spartan interior
  • Normally we’d mention fuel economy here, but c’mon …

Price

$500,000

Fuel Economy

Let’s face it, no one is ordering the 2019 Ford GT because of its mileage, but its government-estimated 11 miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg combined is probably better than you might have imagined. It surprised us the first time we saw it, but it’s actually not that surprising when you consider that Ford coaxes the GT’s 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque out of its 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 located amidships. A 7-speed automatic transmission hustles output to the rear wheels. According to some publications, the sprint from 0-to-60 mph is in the 3-second range. Ford marks the top speed at 216 mph.

Standard Features & Options

Ford offers the GT in only one trim ($500,000). Every Ford GT comes with a built-in roll cage, dual exhaust, five selectable drive modes, two adjustable ride heights, active aerodynamics with deployable rear wing and air brakes, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, an aluminum substructure, 20-in aluminum wheels, LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, carbon fiber Sparco seats, an adjustable carbon fiber pedal box, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 10.1-in LCD instrument cluster, a SYNC 3 infotainment interface, a voice-activated navigation system, keyless access with push-button start, and a rearview camera.

Ford offers four option groups, which are called "Series." Each has several interior and exterior enhancements and upgrades.

Safety

The vehicle has seat belts, front airbags, and a rearview camera. It also has anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control. Basically, it’s a track car.

No third party has crash tested the Ford GT, as one might expect.

Behind the Wheel

Once you’ve managed to climb down into the GT’s cockpit, things are tight, but not entirely cramped. A love seat provides more space between the two passengers. Wear a jacket with lots of pockets because there’s absolutely nowhere to stuff even a small checkbook. Ford didn’t waste any time, money or weight on interior niceties. There are sheets of carbon fiber and little else dressing up the dashboard. Cargo space is confined to less than one-half of a cubic foot behind the engine.

Although the seats aren’t adjustable, the steering wheel, which is bustling with controls, can tilt and telescope. The pedals are arranged in an adjustable box that can be raised or lowered depending on the driver’s height.

Engineered for the track, the Ford GT is not only street legal, it is quite at home buzzing around town. With less than 5-in of clearance, you need to pay attention to what you are driving over, but otherwise, it’s sufficiently civilized.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Audi R8 – Hey, Tony Stark drove an Audi R8. What else needs saying? Maybe that its V10 produces 602 horsepower. Oh, and it is truly an everyday driver.

2019 Acura NSX – This supercar is actually an electric hybrid and doesn’t generate as much power as the Ford GT. But it does deliver better mileage and more creature comforts.

2019 Nissan GT-R – This vehicle is a bargain compared to the Ford GT, but it still delivers 565 hp.

Autotrader’s Advice

Because of the limited number of Ford GTs available and the nose-bleed price, we’d recommend skipping the exercise of ponying up the dough to get on the waiting list. Audi will be happy to sell you an R8 for less than half the cost of the GT, and you won’t need to cool your heels for two years waiting for delivery. Find a Ford GT for sale

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