If you are looking for something rarer than a two-headed penny, we give you the 2020 Ford GT. Total production across six years will be fewer than 1,500 units. Actually, the 2020 version is the same as the 2017 version, Ford simply decided to stretch production to six years. We didn’t expect to still be updating our GT review in 2020. Admittedly, it’s not a very challenging task. When’s lunch?
Ford wanted to engineer and build a supercar capable of running with the likes of the Ferrari 488, Audi R8 and Porsche 911. Japan’s Acura NSX and Nissan GT-R were no doubt also on Ford’s radar. Obviously the $500,000 or so it costs doesn’t put it at the top of the supercar pricing heap, but it’s not something you would probably buy without talking it over with your spouse. Although it’s bred for the track, it is a car you can drive on public streets. However, anything you need to carry with you had better fit in your pockets. Cargo space is a scant 0.4 cu-ft.
Nothing new for 2020. A track-only model (Mk II) will be produced but in a very limited edition and it’s not being marketed by Ford. See the 2020 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 …
Let’s face it, no one is ordering the 2020 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 ($500,000) in only one trim. 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.
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 street-legal 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 five inches 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 in the films. What else needs saying? Maybe that its V10 produces 602 horsepower. Oh, and it is truly an everyday driver.
2020 Nissan GT-R — This vehicle is a bargain compared to the Ford GT, but it still delivers 565 hp.
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 far 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