For anyone who wants to drive a race car that’s legal for road use, just gather up about a half-million dollars and somehow earn the chance to buy a 2022 Ford GT. Its breathtaking bodywork both honors the iconic GT40 race car that dominated Le Mans in the 1960s and serves as the pinnacle of the Blue Oval’s design and engineering departments. While the Ford F-150 also has a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, it sure as hell doesn’t make 660 horsepower and sound like a band of demons at full throttle. When the GT’s gas pedal hits the proverbial metal, it should be on a racetrack—for safety reasons, yes—but also to truly appreciate its relentless acceleration, vivid steering, and indomitable carbon-ceramic brakes. Surprisingly, its race-bred suspension can be adjusted to comfortable levels on regular roads. However, its cockpit is barren to avoid distractions and it’s difficult to enter and exit, so don’t mistake it for a daily driver. Sure, the prohibitively priced Ford GT won’t impress Ferrari and McLaren owners with its raw performance figures, but it’ll shock and awe anyone who’s privileged enough to drive it.
What’s New for 2022?
The 2022 Ford GT is notable because it serves as the last model year of the limited-production road-going race car. As a send-off to the marvelous machine that launched back in 2017 and to pay further homage to the five original GT prototypes that spawned the Le Mans winners, Ford introduces the 2022 GT ’64 Prototype Heritage Edition. With a livery meant to mimic the first GT/101 prototype, this special edition wears Wimbledon White paint and a host of Antimatter Blue exterior details. These extend from the racing stripe over the roof to the 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels. Inside, the carbon-fiber seats and sections of the dashboard are covered in Lightspeed Blue microsuede to go along with the same type of material, except in black, on the steering wheel and headliner.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Ford hasn’t released official pricing for the 2022 GT, but we expect the supercar to continue to start at $500,000. Although that means most of us could never afford to own this exotic Ford, it’s still fun to dream and fiddle with the configurator on the consumer site. We like the Frozen White exterior color paired with the Lightning Blue stripes that run over the top of the car. We’d also opt for the glossy carbon-fiber lower finish and 20-inch wheels for an added dose of raciness. A set of blue brake calipers completes the look. Inside, we’re drawn to the Light Speed interior trim, which covers the cabin with a mix of black leather and blue microsuede surfaces.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Unlike the supercharged V-8 in the previous-generation GT, the new car is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is similar to the one found in the Ford F-150 Raptor. Pumping out 660 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, the V-6 is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the last version we tested had a few less horses, it still posted supercar-worthy acceleration times. Piloting the GT is surprisingly easy, and the big car feels light and agile from behind the wheel. Despite its performance potential, the ride isn’t as punishing as you might imagine. The suspension rides just short of choppy over minor bumps, but it’ll still transmit some harsh impacts through to the cabin.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Preserving fossil fuels is the lowest priority when it comes to hypercars. However, the Ford GT is one of the most efficient examples. The EPA estimates it’ll earn 12 mpg city and 18 highway. Compare that with gas guzzlers like the Bugatti Chiron (9/15 mpg city/highway) and the Lamborghini Aventador (9/14 mpg city/highway). Then again, the Ford has six fewer cylinders than the Lambo and 10 fewer than the Bugatti. Since we haven’t tested any of these high-dollar machines on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which isn’t part of our extensive testing regimen, we can’t evaluate their real-world mpg. For more information about the GT’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior is similarly arresting but for a different reason: It’s extremely minimalistic and driver-focused, with almost every control relegated to the race-car-inspired steering wheel. Getting inside is a challenge, but once you’re there, you’ll notice the driver’s seat doesn’t adjust. Instead, Ford engineered the pedals and steering wheel to adjust to the driver’s position in the fixed seat. The gauge cluster looks as if it were taken directly out of the Ford GT race car, and another digital display is inset into the suede-wrapped dashboard and controls the infotainment functions.
Infotainment and Connectivity
With the priority focused on driving, the GT doesn’t offer the litany of infotainment and connectivity features that most modern cars do. Still, it has a 6.5-inch touchscreen that supports Ford’s Sync 3 software. It also responds to voice commands and has built-in navigation for those who want to road-trip this $500,000 machine.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ford GT is a low-volume, ultra-high-performance model, so it’s not crash-tested by either agency that conducts these evaluations. Likewise, it lacks any of the driver-assistance technology that is traditionally cooked into most modern consumer cars.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Despite its exclusivity and lofty price tag, the GT does have a familiar warranty. However, Ford doesn’t cap the mileage on its limited and powertrain coverage during their three-year periods.
- Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance