"...meaning that the car only stayed in production for two years..."
That was the 'plan' from the beginning...'a 2-year-long, limited production run of 4,500 GTs total - period. Then an issue popped up with the car's "A"-arms...production was stopped...'problem was addressed...production resumed...and Ford stopped production on its originally scheduled "stop" date - as planned - with 4,038 total cars having been made instead of 4,500 (due to the afore mentioned production delay).
As I recall, the scheduled "stop" date had to do with new EPA & NTSB regs that would kick in shortly after that date. The GT couldn't meet those standards given its existing design/physical demensions, etc. Sales/demand/and so on had nothing to do with it.
. I would love a V-8 but the market is moving to efficient cars and hybrids. My hope is a sustainable Ford GT program with a longer shelf life. You have two choices a mega Ford GT with over 600HP to compete in that market or 400+HP V-6 with a lite version similar in size to the Alfa 4C with a price list of over $75K. A car that will see the street and promote the product or a collector car sitting in a garage.No thanks. V8 or non.
I would think the 500+ hp GT350 motor would suit the purpose just fine.Hmmm. Interesting. I'll bet a silver dollar against a wet fag end that Ford will travel down the hybrid route.
McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 are the benchmarks with 1000 combined hp. Both are V8's
Mind you, the news item is from the Malay Times - Malaysia being an absolute hot bed of Supercar activity of course... :shifty:
Yes I got that Larry, I meant the split between USA (OK, I'll make it easy for you) and FOREIGN sales.
Without digging any books out, all I can remember is there were 101 official FoMoCo imports for the 'European market'.
My 07 GT500 is 11MPG if I do not push it in city driving. The Focus which is my daily drive is around 27MPG. I purchased a Escape with 1.6 EcoB. for my daughter and it moves very good but my fuel economy is not that high. Maybe is my daughter heavy foot.Why would you worry about what the 'market' is doing? This car wouldn't be positioned against Mazda sedans. The 5.2 FPC Voodoo was just revealed by Ford, making over 500 NA horsepower...but you want a V6 and turbos? BLEGH! Go buy an Audi! And it's not like the fuel economy gap is massive...I made close to 440 horsepower in my tuned 2012 Mustang and managed low to mid 20's everyday driving.