Vice president-elect Mike Pence was the first person outside of Ford to know all the official specs of the new, 2017 Ford GT supercar, according to a preposterous, obviously-fake email from “Ford” that’s made its way into the hands of Road & Track.
According to the email, which can be seen over at the Road & Track website, details of new Ford GT “had been revealed directly and only to Mike R. Pence.” Now, they’ve been laid bare for us all to bask in. Praise the maker!
The dubious specs list includes 730 peak horsepower at 6,550 RPM, and 620 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 RPM all the way up to 5,800 RPM. This is good for a 2.9-second sprint to 60 mph, according to the email, which actually sounds relatively plausible.
What’s rather implausible is the email’s assertion that a 7-speed manual transmission will be made available for the 2019 and 2020 model years. While that might appeal to a few buyers, we don’t suspect Ford would go to the trouble of offering one to the 30 or so buyers who might decide to sacrifice performance for a little extra engagement.
And then, there’s the claimed MSRP of $237,550. While possible, everything we’ve heard prior points to a price tag well north of $400k.
Who are the new Ford GT’s biggest competitors, according to this “Ford” email? Why, none other than the Acura NSX, Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Right, the Hellcat. A big, heavy, understeer-prone muscle coupe.
Suffice to say, this email probably didn’t originate at Ford, and we probably can’t rely upon the information contained within it. And that’s rather unfortunate; 730 peak horsepower, as opposed to the 630 or so we’d heard previously, sounds just fine to us.