The Ford GT is pretty much carryover for 2006-the model's final year of production. Tungsten Grey replaces Quick Silver in the Ford GT's color palette.
Two thousand six is the 40th anniversary of a notable event in Ford's history: the year Ford GT40s placed first, second, and third in the 24-hour LeMans endurance race, an event traditionally dominated by Ferraris. Calling upon its racing heritage, Ford unveiled the GT40 concept at the 2002 North American International Auto Show. It was a modern supercar that paid homage in both styling and performance to the original. A few weeks later, Ford announced that the GT40 would be produced. Later renamed "GT," the model was first produced in volume (relatively speaking; Ford sold 1,302) in 2005.
Like the original, the modern GT is not based on another production car. It uses an aluminum body bolted to an aluminum space frame and is powered by an all-aluminum engine, a mid-mounted 5.4L V-8 that drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Ford claims that the engine's output of 550 hp and 500 lb.-ft. of torque is similar to that of the 7.0L V-8 that powered the GT40 to victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966 and 1967. A racing suspension with coil-over-shock springs, 19-inch BBS cast-aluminum wheels, and Goodyear F1 tires hold the GT to the ground, while anti-lock disc brakes with four-piston Brembo calipers bring it to a stop.
Where the GT parts from its racing predecessor is its standard level of equipment. Available in a single trim level, the GT comes with amenities such as carbon-fiber bucket seats with leather seating surfaces, power windows, mirrors and locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, anti-theft system, and a CD player. Options include lighter-weight BBS forged wheels, a McIntosh audio system, painted brake calipers, and racing stripes.
The Ford GT competes in the rarified air of the Large Premium Sporty segment. Other members of this exclusive club are the Mercedes-Benz CL, CLS and SLR, BMW 6 Series, Jaguar XK, and Porsche Carrera GT.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM calendar year 2005 sales in this segment were led by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (14,835 units sold), followed by the BMW 6 Series (9,934) and Jaguar XK (2,282). The Ford GT's 1,302 units sold put it fifth on the sales list, behind the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class at 1,320.