By Dan Ilika Jan 25, 2017
Ford has finally announced output numbers for the EcoBoost-powered GT supercar, and they’re pretty impressive.
The automaker says the car is good for a certified 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, impressive figures for a car powered by a twin-turbocharged V6. In fact, the mid-mounted engine is the same 3.5-liter unit found under the hood of the Ford F-150 pickup, albeit one that has been heavily reworked by Roush Performance.
When combined with the car’s dry weight — the overall weight of the vehicle without any fluids in it — of about 3,054 lb, each one those ponies is only responsible for moving a paltry 4.72 lb. That’s good enough to put the GT’s power-to-weight ratio between the McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 488 GTB. What’s more, Ford says the GT was able to outpace the former around Calabogie Motorsports Park, a 3.14-mile (5.05-kilometer) track not far from where the car is built by Multimatic in Markham, Ont., by one second flat.
In a segment where bragging rights reign supreme, that’s an impressive feat for a car bearing the Blue Oval. But what else does it do better than some of its bigger-engined adversaries? In honor of the GT’s six-cylinder engine, here’s a list, in no particular order, of six competitors that make less power with more cylinders.
The 650S has the mechanical ingredients to make more power than the GT — two turbos, more cylinders and only slightly more displacement — but alas, it comes up short — but just barely. With 641 horsepower to go along with 500 lb-ft of torque, output from the car’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 was kept at bay to avoid encroaching on the 675LT’s territory.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
It’s hard to argue with the unadulterated authenticity of a naturally aspirated V10 engine, but alas the most powerful version of Lamborghini’s most affordable model is no match for the GT. With only 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Huracán’s 5.2-liter engine falls well short of Ford’s hopped-up 3.5-liter when it comes to output — but it’s lightyears ahead when it comes to sound.
Audi R8 V10 Plus
With power coming from the same 5.2-liter V8 found in the Huracán, it’s no surprise the baddest version of the R8 makes the same 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It also means that, much like the Huracán, the R8 V10 Plus is comparatively underpowered on paper, but sounds superior to the Ford GT when the throttle is pinned.
The GT only gets half marks here. It barely beats out the Viper’s horsepower count, and comes up short when it comes to torque. But the venomous Viper’s burly 8.4-liter V10 has four more cylinders and more than double the displacement of the GT’s engine, which is enough to give the Ford the edge.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
The self-proclaimed “Beast of the Green Hell” is an impressive machine to be sure, but when it comes to output, it pales in comparison to the Ford GT. Its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 makes 577 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is respectable to be sure, but nowhere near what the Ford makes from its smaller powerplant.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
The 911 is available in many varieties, with more than two dozen versions on the market, but none is more powerful than the Turbo S. With a rear-mounted twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder spinning away, the 911 Turbo S is good for 580 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The latter is slightly more than the GT’s torque count, but the horsepower comes up well short.