Ford GT Heritage Edition
550hp at 6500rpm
500lb lbs at 3750rpm
Mid engine 5.4L 32 valve V8
Curb weight: 3350lbs
Vehicle Virgins reviews the 2006 Ford GT heritage edition.
The GT was Built to commemorate 100 years of Ford and the 40th anniversary of the original GT40. Its more than just a supercar. It a piece of history and a reminder of Ford’s dominance in lemans during the late 60’s. From 1966 to 1969 Ford won 4 consecutive years at 24 hours of lemans .It was the only American made car to ever win the event and of course, it beat Ferrari.
Only 4033 Ford GT’s were produced from 2005-2006 making it a very special car. But this is no ordinary model. The ,000 Heritage paint option was designated for only 343 cars. While 13k seemed a bit steep in 2006, it was the single best decision a GT owner could have made. Heritage livery cars are now demanding a massive premium over the standard colors.
This specific car also features every option available. Forged aluminum BBS wheels, a mcintosh sound system, painted calipers, and of course the gorgeous heritage blue and epic orange color scheme. The price? 0 to 500,000 dollars. And because of the cars automotive significance and extremely limited production it will do nothing but climb higher.
Let talk numbers, because every one regarding the Ford GT is insanely impressive. The handbuilt 5.4L supercharged V8 produces a gargantuan 550hp and 500ft lbs of torque. Thanks to bits of magnesium and plenty of aluminum the GT weighs a svelt 3350lbs. You can hit 60mph in 1st gear, in a face ripping 3.4 seconds. With mind blowing acceleration and a top speed of 205mph, this is the fastest car vehicle virgins has ever reviewed.
So whats it like to actually drive. The first think you notice is the all-consuming noise. This GT was fitted with a borla exhaust that is so loud, we got in trouble for making too much noise at a racetrack. With the engine mounted directly behind you (look you can literally see it) the visceral experience you get while driving the GT is next to none. If this isn’t the best sounding modern v8, it’s certainly a close contender.
The steering wheel is very small, and I love that. It feels really good in your hands. Everything about the driving experience is raw. The steering is extremely direct and communicative, the suspension is shockingly stiff, and the acceleration is so brutal its almost a bit frightening.
This is what my face looks like when accelerating in a Ford GT.
The cabin is very much designed after the original gt40 racecar. There are holes in the seats for weight reduction and better ventilation. It has fighter jet like switches and a magnesium center console. When you get in and out of the car its extremely awkward not to hit your head on the massive doors.
Unlike the GT40 which was 40 inches tall and barely anyone could fit inside, the Ford GT is 43 inches tall. Still look how tiny it is! However there is plenty of space in the interior. It’s pretty bearbones in here. This is not a luxury car. If you are looking for a car with a beautiful interior go ahead and buy yourself a new Lamborghini aventador for the same price. Its way faster too. But this car isn’t about that. Its about honoring history with a savage and absolutely magnificent driving experience. And in 10 years it’s very possible the bull will be a 200k car and this GT will push over a million.
It’s not fair to review the GT without an absurd amount of acceleration and fast driving clips. So you here you go.
The GT is faster around the nurburgring than a Lamborghini 670sv. It’s more exciting to drive than anything I’ve been in before. It’s one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen. And it’s a commemorative icon of the dominant endurance racer of its generation the GT40.
This is the best car I’ve ever driven. Period.
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2005 Ford GT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.