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Ford GT Being Tested With Mysterious Powertrain

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Though Ford GT production is winding down and scheduled to end following the 2022 model year, the automaker has already extended the production of its latest road-going supercar a total of two times. Whether or not it will make it a third is currently unclear. However, sources have told Ford Authority that at least one Ford GT around the Detroit Metro area is being tested with a powertrain that is clearly different from what the model currently comes equipped with.

This mysterious powertrain reportedly sounds very different from the GT’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6, but there are no details as to what, exactly, it could be. This is a very interesting development given the fact that Ford GT production is currently scheduled to end soon, and could possibly be an indication that the program has been extended once again.

The second-generation Ford GT has been powered exclusively by the automaker’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 since it launched for the 2016 model year. The most current iteration produces 660 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

That’s a bit more than the 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque the GT originally launched with and is enough to propel the machine from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds, down the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds at 134 miles-per-hour, and up to a top speed of 217 miles-per-hour. Handling performance is excellent as well, as the GT is capable of pulling 1.11 g on the skidpad.

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Despite this, many GT owners have kept their cars under wraps for years only to sell them at auction, as we’ve seen a number of low-mile examples go for big bucks in recent months.

We’ll have more on this mysterious Ford GT powertrain as soon as it’s available, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford GT News and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Samurai

    Could it finally be a V8?!?!?!? Hopefully it is!!!!

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    1. Stephen Ketterer

      Probably not, unless they altered the body to fit one.

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    2. Roy Chiles

      Could it be a EV ???

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      1. AJS

        I could be wrong but I don’t think so. They mentioned the sound or more exactly ‘it sounds different”. Like I said, I could be wrong, when the hell knows. 🤣🙂

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      2. Chuck

        Maybe a GT500 motor…..
        Or a fitting 427

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  2. Johnny Moore

    Maybe the 7.3 twin turbo with a 10 speed automatic or a 7 speed duel clutch manual transmission. Say 800 hp and capable of 1200 hp and 800 lbs of torque to 1500 lbs would be nice. Top speed about 285 mph.

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    1. Scott Z

      No we don’t want a 1950’s style push-rod 2 valve OHV engine in FORD/Our ultimate SportsCar 5.2 L DOHC 4 valve would be fine, thanks Johnny.

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      1. Rusty Harrison

        Really sour comment but remember now the old GT40 with the FE 427 kick Ferrari’s tail…..oh yes pushrod action!!!! A 7.3 TT would be a great tribute car but very expensive to do. But Ken & Carroll would be glad to see it be done.

        Not a real Ford supporter I see…

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        1. Scott Z

          Yes a real Ford supporter here, Rusty. Yes proud of the achievements of the original GT40’s Hey Who isn’t.! Like 55 years ago & it took 7 liters of OHV 2 valve push-rod tech to beat a 4 liter Ferrari with you guessed it OHC.
          My first comment above indicated I don’t like the idea of “Noah’s Arc” type of engine used in our ultimate FORD Sportcars. Not the 7.3 v8 itself.
          Oh my family have been selling FORD from the T Model (1926) until now, for 95 years & are so looking forward to the 100th.

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    2. Buddy Schuster

      Well I like your thought process and that’s probably truly where numbers should be for something as iconic of a supercar as the Ford GT is. Granted I believe the main idea for the GT is more of a weight to horsepower ratio ,which allows it to be so lightning quick. Now can we boost horsepower and torque and still keep a lightweight concept rolling, sure something like the LS2 with twin turbochargers or the LS2 possibly with a supercharger but again all of this adds weight and I just don’t know if an all aluminum block and heads can handle additional heat and horsepower. That being said, groups like Hennessey are cranking out 1400 horsepower for the Venom…right?

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    3. Stalkbroker94

      Why would it be the 7.3? It would be cool, sure, but there’s no logic to that conclusion.

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  3. John Andrus

    Don’t know what they could fit in it. Maybe some compact v8 we don’t know about.

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  4. Ford Owner

    I bet it is a hybrid power train keeping the T.T. V6 and adding an electric motor from the Explorer design.

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  5. Jon

    1000+ hp hybrid powertrain. Hopefully its adding electric to the existing setup. Or i wouldn’t be shocked if they just went pure electric. Ford GT-E

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  6. Stephen Ketterer

    Let’s not forget that Ford designed this car around a narrow angle V6, so a monster 4-cam 90 degree V8 will not fit.
    As much as I love the pushrod 427 powered GT40s of the 60s, the 7.3 liter ship has sailed as well.
    This new version will most likely be a hybrid of some sort.

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  7. Gary bruce kempf

    Would like to see the 7.3 but maybe just maybe they have developed a 427 off of the 7.3?

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    1. Stalkbroker94

      Why would it be the 7.3? It would be cool, sure, but there’s no logic to that conclusion.

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  8. Dave Mathers

    NICE teaser!! LOL

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  9. Cal

    Maybe they are using the Ford GT as a test mule for a mid engine, more affordable, vehicle to compete with the vette? Hmm?

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  10. RUSSELL IGNATIUS AVOCATO

    They should invite all the people that bought one of the new ones to the unveiling………….and only afford those still in possession of them to purchase the new one.

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  11. Sergio

    Buenas tardes que precio tendría el coche el Ford authority

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