Getting behind the wheel of an all-American hero

Ford reintroduced the GT nameplate in 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show, ushering in a second-generation for the Blue Oval’s streetable supercar. The GT is a nod to the GT40, the racer that brought the fight to Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the mid-‘60s, and the modern iteration arrives packed to the brim with the very latest in domestic go-fast technology. It’s a low-weight, high-strung, monster of a super car, making it the perfect addition for Jay Leno’s garage.

In this extended 36-minute, 51-second review, Jay starts by detailing the process he went through in securing, customizing, and receiving delivery of his car, followed by a comparison to another legendary sports car. “This reminds me a lot of my McLaren F1 because the McLaren F1was a road car that you could have driven to Le Mans, won the race, and driven back, and this is pretty much the same thing.” After a walk around in the garage, including a look at the aero, the cabin, and the engine, Jay takes the Ford out into public for a little street driving, both on the highway, surface streets, and twisty mountain lanes. While lengthy, the video is still worth a watch to get an in-depth look at Ford’s top dog.

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Just in case you forgot, here are some of the specs on this all-American slab of speed. Under the active aerodynamics, the Ford GT employs a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and aluminum front and rear subframes, with further carbon fiber used for the body panels, all in the name of keeping off as many pounds as possible. Even the windshield is lightweight, made from a material called Gorilla Glass, the same stuff used for smartphones, offering high strength and low weight. Managing the heft is a pushrod suspension set-up.

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While purists are quick to point out the blasphemy that is a V-6-powered Ford GT, the powerplant has already proven its worth.

But the biggest news is what the GT is packing just behind the cabin. Lift the rear cover, and you’ll find a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which produces as much as 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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While purists are quick to point out the blasphemy that is a V-6-powered Ford GT, the powerplant has already proven its worth, managing to once again secure victory at Le Mans. But what do you think? Should the GT come with a V-8 instead? Let us know in the comments.

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Read our full written review on the Ford GT.

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