The shortest-running rumour in recent history is now a reality, with the unveiling this week of Ford’s all-new GT supercar in Detroit.
Destined for production in 2016, the new American supercar’s showroom debut will mark 10 years since the ‘first’ GT was last seen on an assembly line and 50 years since Ford took a 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans.
There’s more curves, deeper intakes and an overall more futuristic look to the new GT, but the clearest example of its leap into modernity is its powertrain.
While the previous GT was driven by a big supercharged 410kW 5.4 litre V8, this sleek new thing is driven by Ford’s EcoBoost technology - and with two fewer cylinders.
Debuting as the most powerful EcoBoost powertrain yet, the GT’s mid-mounted, twin-turbo, port/direct-injected 3.5 litre V6 promises “more than” 447kW (600hp).
The big six is matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle transmission, and suspension is by an active race-derived torsion bar and a pushrod setup offering adjustable ride height.
But, for those keeping score at home, the wait must continue: Ford is, for now, keeping mum on the new GT’s performance numbers.
Acceleration figures and lap times aside, the new GT’s supercar status is further cemented by a body made up of a carbon-fibre passenger cell and rear sub-frame housing, matched to an aluminium front end.
There’s also an active deployable rear spoiler, carbon-ceramic brakes and big 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 rubber.
In the cabin, the two sports seats are integrated into the passenger cell, with driver position matched to adjustable pedals and steering column.
The F1-style steering wheel is decked out with all of the necessary controls, including paddle shifters, and an all-digital instrument cluster is also featured.
Ford’s new SYNC3 infotainment system is also on-board.
Watch for more details on the new GT to surface in the coming year, but, with a left-hand drive-only production plan confirmed, you won't see this one in Australian showrooms.