The iconic Ford GT has returned. Taking all the headlines at the 2015 Detroit motor show - and confirming some rumours that have been circulating for a while now - is the third instalment of Ford's supercar.
The supercharged V8 has gone, replaced by an Ecoboost engine. Though, it still packs a decent amount of cylinders. A twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine drives the rear wheels with around 600bhp, and with motorsport development supporting it, according to Ford it has great efficiency.
Its performance we love. But nothing’s confirmed in power area just yet, but a 0-60mph time close to 3.0secs and a top speed north of 200mph seems to be realistic targets.
There is plenty to support the attractive performance stats, with a good chunk of carbon fibre to keep the weight down. A carbon passenger cell, like the McLaren 650S and P1, it is joined by carbon in chassis components too. "The GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car", Ford explained.
The aerodynamics will play a big role, as we can tell from the way more intricate styling, rather than the classic GT of ten years ago. Keeping pace with its key rivals - and with Ferrari's spectacular 458 clearly in mind - there are active aero elements, including a rear wing whose height and angle react to speed and conditions.
Ford have removed the GT's manual transmission, rather inevitably replaced by a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox , while the driver cabin very much takes its inspiration from what Ferrari's currently doing; a fully customisable heads-up instrument display behind a steering wheel free of stalks but loaded with buttons.
We have to admit, it looks amazingly brilliant. It'll be ready to hit the roads in 2016, just in-time to take on the new turbo Ferrari 458 and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, as well as McLaren Sports Series. What a mouth-watering group test that would be.