One of Ford's most iconic nameplates, the 2021 GT is essentially a modern take on the Ferrari-beating GT40 from the 1960s. Like its predecessors, the latest GT is a mid-engine, RWD supercar aimed at high-end European supercars. This highly exclusive machine is produced in limited numbers, and Ford may end production in 2022.
The Heritage Edition joins the lineup dressed up in Frozen White and Race Red livery inspired by the winner of the 1966 Daytona 24-Hour Continental, with gold 20-inch alloy wheels (carbon-fiber wheels are optional), roundels with the number 98 on them (the number of the winning car), and Brembo brakes with red calipers.
The GT Studio Collection graphics package is also new. This package adds stripes that run the full length of the car and highlight key design features like the flying buttresses. Only 40 units will feature this livery for the 2021 and 2022 model years
Put the Ford GT in a parking lot full of expensive supercars, and its flying buttresses and massive airflow tunnels will stand out. Luckily the Ford GT backs up its looks with serious performance. The twin-turbo V-6 provides prodigious acceleration, and the dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts quickly. Although it defaults to understeer, the car can rotate out of corners smoothly if you input enough power. The throttle, however, can be tricky because you need to nearly floor the pedal to get any forward momentum. When the boost finally kicks in, it does so in a sudden manner, making the engine feel non-linear in its delivery. Perhaps more concerning in our testing were the brakes that took too long on the track to provide stopping power, giving the driver less confidence.
Although the Ford GT isn't the fastest car on track, it's still entertaining to drive, and it won't beat you up if the road surface is riddled with imperfections. You get supercar performance in a package that stands out from all the European competitors and can hang with them too. A true American supercar? Absolutely.
Powering the Ford GT is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 660 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission puts the power down to the rear wheels. In true supercar fashion, the Ford GT guzzles fuel at an alarming rate of 12/18 mpg city/highway according to the EPA's tests of a 2020 model.
In order to to buy a Ford GT, you must send an application to Ford because it wants owners to be brand ambassadors. The likelihood of you being eligible gets higher if you're a devout Ford fan, a celebrity, or a social media influencer with clout. However, there are caveats with owning a Ford GT including agreeing to keep the vehicle for two years before you're able to sell it.