Spied: 2017 Ford GT
Ford\'s GT is a parts bin special, for now.
A fresh round of spy shots reveals that Ford's hotly anticipated GT supercar will stay true to the design concept that debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The car's interior, however, is a different story at this point.
Most of the exterior styling cues seen on the GT show car look to be good to go for production, including flying rear buttresses and center-mounted dual exhaust outlets. Coolers located just below those flying buttresses were covered by grilles on the show car, but are in clear view on this prototype.
The rear lights on this GT appear to be from a random parts bin, but we fully expect to see the cool hollowed out lamps from the concept car to make production.
The interior of the GT is far more cobbled together at this point, with all dials located directly in front of the passenger's seat. The Ford GT will likely employ a digital gauge binnacle in its final form, but that unit obviously isn't ready for real world testing at this point. The lack of a gauge pod does, however, give us a better look at the GT's carbon fiber construction.
Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters are clearly visible, but our man on the ground noticed the driver operating what could be a three-pedal setup. Whether Ford is planning to offer the GT with a proper manual remains unknown at this point, but there is still a slim possibility.
The 3.5L EcoBoost powering the GT is said to be straight out of Ford's 2013 Daytona Prototype, and the number of kill switches in this prototype's cabin seems to confirm the use of that experimental engine. While most prototypes use just one kill button, this car has at least three.
Ford says the GT will arrive with at least 600 horsepower, but don't be shocked to see a final figure that is closer to 700.
If everything goes as planned, the 2017 Ford GT will go on sale late next year.