Ryanb741 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1953 times:
Well, the UK's Autocar magazine, usually relatively dismissal of US cars has just test driven the Ford GT and has declared it the best sports car you can currently buy (smashes the 2nd placed Ferrari 360 Modena) and has rated it in the top 5 sports cars of all time, and this in a car that is still undergoing final tweaking! The only bad thing is this beautiful automobile is going to retail at £100k in the UK Bugger
Cptkrell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
Well, it's certainly getting international rave reviews, and I have seen them in "typical" traffic settings here in the Detroit area. Visually stunning, for sure. Whether or not it will prove to be one of the "top 5 of all times" is quite another question as styling is only a portion of the equation. To be honest, auto writers, even though some are quite objective and politically unswayed, are, in general, an impressionable bunch, and such accolades are probably a bit premature. This is a deal where the final opinions will depend on the total vehicle (didn't FoMoCo use "Total Performance" as an advertising campaign slogan years ago?); it's simply too early to make such blanket statements, although I hope it lives up to expectations...jack
Racko From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1894 times:
"The best sports car you can currently buy" ?
Ahem. And that with the Modena on a 2nd place? Just to name a few, you can currently buy the likes of Pagani Zondas, Lamborghini Murcielagos & Gallardos, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche 911 GT3(RS), Porsche Carrera GT, BMW M3 CSL, Koenigsegg CC and so on.
"in the top 5 sports cars of all time"
Beside those mentioned above, they want to tell me that this plays in the same league as a McLaren F1, Ferrari Enzo, Porsche 911 GT1 or Porsche 959? They're kidding, right?
But wait, wasn't it this suspicous "Autocar" which said a Jaguar is better than an Audi, BMW or Mercedes? Must be the Sun of car magazines.
Ryanb741 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1872 times:
Actually Racko it pissed all over those cars you spoke of. Also, it is not just Autocar magazine - now Top Gear has ranked it as 3rd best sports car of all time (Behind Maclaren F1 and Ferrari F40). The only current car close to it in terms of handling and performance is the Ferrari 360 Modena. And it's a Ford! (Albeit a Ford that costs more than a Lamborghini Gallardo!)
Oh and Autocar never said that Jaguar is better than BMW - it said the new 5 series was a pile of horse manure and that the equivalent Jag was a better car.
The mag Sport Auto tests high-performance cars on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, internationally acceptet as the most demanding, dangerous and complete race track, and on the Hockenheimring, and all these cars mentioned above can do it in a bit less than 8 minutes, while the 360 Modena needs 8:09 min to drive through the green hell.
The fact that the car does 0-100 (I suspect the 60 were mph?) in just 3.2 seconds actually indicates that it's not such a great-handling car, simply because it lacks downforce and can't take turns as fast as cars with higher downforce.