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2017 Ford GT won’t be hunting many Vipers

by Patrick Rall on

While there was new official information was announced for the 2017 Ford GT at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, some information on the price and availability has surfaced away from the Big Apple show. Unfortunately, the new GT supercar is going to be incredibly expensive and even more incredibly limited in its availability, meaning that Ford fans still aren’t getting their Viper or Corvette Z06 fighter.

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For almost a decade now, Ford fans didn’t have a proper competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette or Dodge Viper, but when the 2017 Ford GT debuted at the Detroit Auto Show it seemed that the Blue Oval faithful finally had their supercar. The details were limited at the debut, but the new GT is comprised heavily of carbon fiber, it has a specially tuned 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with at least 600 horsepower, it has a gorgeous exterior design and it has a cockpit design that perfectly fits into the modern supercar scene.

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To Ford fans, the new GT was the ideal car to go hunting the Corvette Z06 and the Dodge Viper. While the twin turbo V6 was a bit unconventional, the lightweight, mid-engine architecture should go a long way in allowing this new Ford to challenge the best from Chevy and Dodge. However, even before the end of the first day at the Detroit Auto Show, there was a rumor that the new Ford GT would cost more than $250,000, making for a somewhat awkward comparison with the Z06 and Viper – both of which start well under $100k. Still, the availability of a supercar is more important than affordability in the internet battles, so having a $250,000 Ford GT that would be seen spanking the Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper on road courses around the world was more important than anyone actually being able to afford one.

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Unfortunately, things got a bit bleaker when news hit that the 2017 Ford GT wouldn’t cost $250,000. Instead, it will cost around $400,000, putting it into the same price range as the Lamborghini Aventador. At that price point, it is nearly impossible to reasonably compare the new GT to the Z06 or Viper, even though Ford has yet to prove that their new supercar will outperform the already-proven Corvette and Viper. Also, a price like that makes it far less likely that many buyers will get a new Ford GT with the plans of tearing up the local racing scene, but we see Lamborghinis at the track and they are expensive, so maybe there is still a chance that Ford fans will finally see a car that they love beat the Viper.

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Welp, more bad news has surfaced for Ford fans expecting to see the 2017 GT supercar at their local road course track day. Ford is only planning to build 250 examples of the GT for each model year. There are 3,000 Ford dealerships in the US – that 250 figure is for the entire world. Even if all 250 were staying in the US, only 1 in 12 Ford dealerships in the US would get one during the first model year. This incredibly low availability will almost surely lead to massive dealership markups so if the GT does have an MSRP of $400,000, it isn’t out of the question to see these cars being listed for more than a half million dollars.

This high price and low production volume will unfortunately almost guarantee that we won’t be seeing any classic Ford-Chevy-Dodge battles anywhere outside of media comparisons. Even then, with a price more than four times that of the Corvette Z06 and Viper, Ford fans are still without a proper sports car to battle America’s best.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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