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All-New Ford GT Concept Looks Production-Ready, Has 600 HP V6 EcoBoost

Oh. My. God! FoMoCo wasn’t joking when it said that their performance model lineup will get a lot better in the near future and the Le Mans-inspired all-new Ford GT Concept is evidence of that. Too bad engineers swapped the good ol’ V8 thunder for a new-gen twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost.
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Displacing 3.5-liter of EcoBoost madness (are you the EcoBeast?), the automaker suggests that this concept supercar is going to be ready for production in 2016, with a hefty 600-plus horsepower to boot. In true GT fashion, the mid-engined supercar is rear-wheel drive and makes use of a lot of lightweight bits and bobs, including carbon fiber and aluminum.

The all-new Ford GT will be paired as standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle. With powertrain bits and bobs out of the way, we will now focus on the aesthetics. If your eyesight is great, you may think that the exterior styling is inspired by the Ford GT90 concept from 1995. Moreover, if you concentrate a little, you’ll see Lamborghini Asterion cues here and there too.

Up front, the retro cool hood is similarly Swiss cheese-inspired as the last Ford GT supercar and the 1960s Le Mans endurance racers.

Looking at the headlights, we feel like the clusters are near-production ready. The side profile view of the all-new Ford GT concept vehicle is the real icing on the cake though, with its massive flying buttresses and lateral intakes, carbon fiber side skirts and the carbon ceramic discs.

In true Italian fashion, the transparent hood shows the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost mill in all its glory, while the round taillight clusters and centrally-mounted dual exhausts also have a whiff of Italian flair to them. Put side by side to the 2005 Ford GT, this one swaps its Americana character for a far more exquisite styling recipe. And now for the other big visual highlight of this bruiser - its sporty interior.

When I say sporty, I mean it. Everything is focused inside thanks to a motorsport-inspired cockpit and a huge amount of buttons on the Alcantara-laden flat-bottom steering wheel. Speaking of which, the multitude of buttons on the steering wheel is a cue that’s also inspired by modern endurance racers.

If we’re to be frank here, the drilled paddle shifters are somewhat of an overkill in terms of weight-saving solutions, but up close and personal, those holes add up to the supersport persona of the GT.

Bottom line, the all-new Ford GT is basically the perfect mix between the old-school, original and the efficient future we're all looking forward to. The engine was downsized but thanks to new technology, it doesn't mean performance will go down by any bit. Instead, the character of the car is intact with the exterior design featuring a perfect blend of past, present and future.

Editor’s note: I can’t contain my excitement to hear that 7,100 rpm redline.

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