2021 Ford GT
Forget that the 2021 Ford GT’s price makes it virtually unobtainable and just appreciates its dramatic design and incredible performance. And never mind that it’s a Ford product that costs at least half a million dollars. This car has a racing —it won its class at the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans—that shows it belongs alongside the world’s most desirable supercars. Sure, the GT’s twin-turbo V-6 is less exotic than the 8-, 10-, 12-, and 16-cylinder engines that power some of its rivals, but the mighty EcoBoost under its rear deck generates 660 horses and loads of torque. Feeding the rear wheels through a lightning-fast dual-clutch automatic, this combination provides near-terrifying acceleration. While the 2021 GT is best experienced on a racetrack where it can showcase its awesome capability, it’s also almost as easy to drive in the daily grind as a Ford Mustang. Of course, the supercar will get a lot more attention than the pony car.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 GT receives only aesthetic updates, which include a new graphics package with customizable colors, according to a tweet by Ford. While it’s possible that the company makes other updates to the latest model year, it did specify that the GT will still make 660 horsepower.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Unlike the supercharged V-8 in the previous-generation GT, the new car is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is similar to the one found in the Ford F-150 Raptor. Pumping out 660 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, the V-6 is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the last version we tested had a few fewer horses, it still posted supercar-worthy acceleration times. Piloting the GT is surprisingly easy, and the big car feels light and agile from behind the wheel. Despite its performance potential, the ride isn’t as punishing as you might imagine; the suspension rides just short of choppy over minor bumps, but it’ll still transmit some harsh impacts through to the cabin.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Preserving fossil fuels is the lowest priority when it comes to hypercars. However, the Ford GT is one of the most efficient examples. The EPA estimates the 2021 model will earn 12 mpg city and 18 highway. Compare that with gas guzzlers like the Bugatti Chiron(9/15 mpg city/highway) and the Lamborghini Aventador (9/14 mpg city/highway). Then again, the Ford has six fewer cylinders than the Lambo and 10 fewer than the Bugatti. Since we haven’t tested any of these high-dollar machines on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which isn’t part of our extensive testing regimen, we can’t evaluate their real-world mpg.