Ford Gt 2018 Car Review

Ford Gt 2018 Car Review

When I approach an​ exotic car that can go 204 MPH with a​ roof line that is​ only as​ high as​ my belt, I have low ergonomic expectations. I’ll probably get some bruising from the suspension and hopefully be distracted by the acceleration to​ forget how uncomfortable everything else is. I was only right about the acceleration.

The Ford GT is​ the remake of​ the 1966 Le Mans champion car called the GT40. The original GT40 was a​ great looking car, but this new GT has a​ spectacular exterior design. I’m normally quick to​ whine about a​ benign design concept, or​ a​ trunk line or​ the shape under the front bumper, or​ at​ least some little picky thing. But the more I looked around this car, the more admiration I have for this work of​ art. And the designers & engineers had to​ factor in​ stable aerodynamics at​ 200 MPH that would have flipped the original model on its top.

The 5.4-liter engine fills the entire back half of​ the car, and the supercharged V-8 produces 550 horsepower. For the performance fans: the GT’s 0-to-60 time is​ only 3.3 seconds, and it​ takes only 11.6 seconds to​ pass a​ ¼-mile. The engine note is​ pretty plain; no NASCAR guttural tones or​ Formula-1 scream that I could tell; the glass partition between the interior cab and the engine deaden the sound. (From the inside you can turn your head to​ see a​ giant belt turning, to​ what I presume to​ be the superchargers).

Under the front hood is​ plenty of​ storage room for a​ sports car; about enough for 6 tennis balls or​ a​ pair of​ flip-flops, but not both at​ the same time! Once inside the car, you realize that the only storage is​ in​ the front trunk. There is​ no glove box, no side-pocket, no cup holder, but I suppose I could slide a​ few envelopes under my seat. But this is​ exactly what I want in​ a​ true sports car – all business at​ propelling me forward and nothing flying around the cockpit as​ I take big g-forces in​ the turns.

The interior was much more comfortable than I expected, and the black and silver knobs and dash have an​ edgy look to​ them. it​ has the usual big red “Start” button that many expensive cars have made popular (again), and toggle switches like a​ space shuttle for the rear defroster and hazard lights. The tachometer is​ the big dial in​ front of​ the driver and that irrelevant speedometer is​ off to​ the right, nearly next to​ the passenger. Don’t forget to​ set the temperature controls before you start moving because they are under your right elbow in​ the center console and awkward to​ reach while driving.

When driving the car, the biggest surprise I had is​ how comfortable it​ takes the potholes and uneven surfaces. I’ve ridden in​ sport BMW sedans that don’t ride this smoothly. The GT is​ easy to​ launch and shift, with power delivered without a​ noticeable spike from the superchargers. I didn’t get a​ chance to​ throw the car around many corners, but the low profile and wide stance would indicate an​ adeptness with lateral-speed.

If you are trying to​ avoid attention, I can’t think of​ a​ bigger mistake than being in​ this car. Everywhere I drove some people were staring and pointing, and at​ nearly every stop light, someone had a​ question about the car – a​ lot more public attraction than any other unique production car I’ve piloted. But for the GT most of​ its features are extremes, and I am very pleased that Ford has proven it​ can compete in​ the +$150,000 world market.

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