Ford unveiled the latest version of its infamous GT at the North American International Auto Show Monday, turning heads from Detroit to France, where it will compete in Le Mans next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 win.
Built to compete in the 24-hour legendary European endurance race, the successor to the last decade-old GT features a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, capable of cranking out 600 horsepower through its rear-wheel drivetrain.
Ford built in a collection of its most-bleeding-edge features including an advanced aerodynamic aluminum and carbon fiber body, deployable rear spoiler, vertical doors, 20-inch wheels, EcoBoost engine and the company’s latest SYNC 3 performance, navigation and entertainment system.
“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of global product development said in a Monday press release. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio — another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”
The GT will go into production in 2016 and for sale in “select global markets” for more than $150,000, according to Bloomberg.
“The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020,” the company said in the release. “It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.”