10 Supercars With More Engine and Less Horsepower Than Ford GT
The Ford GT Outperforms These 10 Supercars With Only A 3.5L Engine
Updated November 9, 2018
It’s been a while since Blue Oval finally revealed the upcoming Ford GT specs. The supercar is bound to become the fastest Ford ever made thanks to 647 horsepower and 550 feet-pound of twist coming out of rather unconventional second generation 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 also found in the new Ford F-150 Raptor. Although most supercars don’t usually share their engines with pickups, this time it worked out both ways. The Raptor gets it in its intended, no nonsense form, while the GT’s EcoBoost had been tampered with in order to be worthy of the “supercar” designation. This is where the 200 horsepower discrepancy comes from.
But what about the competition? Most modern day supercars feature larger displacement V8, V10 and even V12 engines. That’s sure to be more than handful for the GT’s “petite” V6, right? Well, no. Although numerous hypercars turn out more than 700, 800, 900 or even 1,000 ponies (not to mention the price), great many of them still find themselves in the 500-600 horsepower range. That’s less than what the GT’s capable of. Moreover, none of them have the engine that’s smaller than the next gen EcoBoost. So, to cut the long story short, here are 10 prime examples of supercars delivering less horsepower with more displacement and cylinders than the Ford GT.
Aston Martin Rapide AMR
Track-only Aston Martins are, by now, as numerous as street legal versions. GT2, GT3, GT4, N24, Rally GT, Vantage GT12… Take your pick. And now, Brits have presented the newest such track-focused grand tourer – 500 hp, V8-powered Vantage AMR Pro. What’s even better, AMR (Aston Martin Racing) comes in street-legal form as well. One that’s even more powerful than Vantage AMR Pro.
Enter the Aston Martin Rapide AMR – a 592-horsepower capable refined beast, you can put your licence plate on. In case you wonder, the Rapide AMR delivers those 592 ponies thanks to 6.0L naturally aspirated V12 engine which also gives it impeccable exhaust note. Even though it has 2.5L more in displacement and a badge of great pedigree plastered upon it, as you can see, the Aston Martin Rapide AMR still falls short compared to the Ford GT. However, with the top speed of 210 mph, it’s now the newly crowned king of fastest 4-door cars. It’ll also be rather exclusive with only 200 of them planned for now.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
When the Lamborghini Huracán replaced the Gallardo, it started off with some 100 horsepower more than its predecessor did in 2003. LP 610-4 has a 4-wheel drive and 610 metric horsepower which corresponds to 602 brake horsepower. That’s still 45 ponies short of the Ford GT even though Huracan packs 5.2L normally aspirated V10 at its midsection. No need to mention the low end derivative LP 580-2, which falls further behind. Even the upcoming performance version Huracán LP 640-4 won’t topple the Blue Oval in terms of sheer numbers. It’ll have 631 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Since Gallardo gained as much as 70 metric horsepower over the years, similar can be expected from Huracán too. When that happens, Ford GT’s current specs will finally be surpassed.
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Since Lamborghini is owned by Audi (which, in turn is owned by Volkswagen), the Italians and Germans share a lot of mechanical underpinnings. Especially when it comes to high end performance models. The V10 Plus is the baddest of Audi R8’s and it shares the Huracán’s 5.2L mill capable of pushing out 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The German supercar coupe might exhibit lower figures on paper, but its meticulous mechanics which are a product of renowned German engineering, allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. I highly doubt that the Ford GT will be much quicker (if any) than that, despite its 45 excess ponies. It will be faster in the long run, though. 216 mph might not look like it, but it’s a lot more than Audi’s top speed of 205 mph.
Ferrari California T
The updated Ferrari California doesn’t only feature a new sublimely designed body but a new engine as well. Displacement shrank a little bit, but the 4.3L naturally aspirated V8 is now additionally motivated by a pair of turbochargers. The 3.9L twin-turbo V8 in the new Ferrari California T (T stands for turbo) now packs 552 hp and a whopping 557 lb-ft of torque. It might be almost 100 ponies short compared to the new Ford GT, but it doesn’t lack anything when it comes to performance. 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and top speed of 196 mph are more than respectable in the world of supercars. Moreover, with the starting price of some $230,000, you can actually buy two of them instead of opting for $450,000 Ford GT. And they’ll still be nimbler and better looking.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche might be reluctant to change the 911 design, but they overcompensate by working double time in order to churn out as many different versions of the sports car as possible. Neither of dozen or so available models is as powerful as the Turbo S, however. And it still falls short when pitted directly against the Ford GT. The Porsche 911 Turbo S comes with 3.8L twin-turbo flat-six engine making 572 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque (553 lb-ft overboost). Due to its nimbleness, small frame, and low weight, however, 911 Turbo S accelerates to 60 from standstill in just 2.8 seconds. And it still tops at 206 mph which makes it more than formidable opponent on the track. Need I mention that it starts from around $190,000?
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R
Supercars were never Mercedes-Benz‘s focus segment, but that never hindered them from having one or two in their portfolio at all times. One such performer currently, is the AMG-tuned GT R. Unlike the base AMG GT which packs 456 horsepower and AMG GT S which is good enough to be Formula 1 pace car due to its higher output of 503 horsepower, the all-new AMG GT R generates 577 horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. It still uses the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 mill as its slower siblings. It’s just that AMG’s engineers have found a way to squeeze more juice out of it. They always do. Anyway, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R still trails the Ford GT by 70 ponies. Even track-only, 6.2L naturally aspirated V8-powered Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR doesn’t make more than 622 horsepower.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
Of all the supercars populating this list, it’s the Nissan GT-R that boasts an engine that’s most similar to the one found under the Ford GT’s hood. It’s also twin-turbocharged V6, only 3.8L in displacement. Even with additional volume, the Nissan GT-R fails to replicate the GT’s numbers. In its baddest form – the Nismo – GT-R now develops exactly 600 horsepower. The Japanese dream car, however, costs “only” around $175,000, which means you can almost buy three of them instead of squandering close to $ half million on the GT. And you wouldn’t have to dabble with waiting lists either. Those that haven’t pre ordered the GT won’t be able to get their hands on one prior to 2020 anyway.
Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo
Those among you with plenty of mileage under your belts should remember Emerson Fittipaldi. Former two time Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion gave us many memories racing for numerous teams including Lotus, McLaren and his own team Fittipaldi Automotive. American racing enthusiasts will mostly remember him for his contribution to the Team Penske. These days, the Brazilian is enjoying his well-earned retirement from racing. The 70-year old hasn’t called it a day when it comes to cars, however. His latest project involves the Pininfarina, 600 horsepower and 39 planned supercars bearing his name – one for each of his F1 Grand Prix wins. The Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo should develop those intended 600 ponies thanks to 4.8L naturally aspirated V8. It won’t raise as much horsepower as the Ford GT, but it should be one hell of a performer when it finally arrives.
No car on this list comes as close to having the Ford GT’s 647 horsepower as the Dodge Viper. Dodge’s recently discontinued sports car stops short at 645 horsepower. However, it does get the largest naturally aspirated engine ever fitted into a modern mass production sports car. Engineers could have easily squeezed more out of humongous 8.4L V10 beast, but they didn’t. Maybe they’ve left this for a Viper revival. If revived, the Dodge Viper would usiethe odd firing V10 engine for propulsion. That is, if the Viper gets revived at all.
McLaren 650 S
Until the McLaren 650 S is replaced by the announced 720 S, it’s still available to be listed here. As its name suggests, the 650 S generates 650 metric horsepower. That’s 641 brake horsepower and just shy of having more than the Ford GT. When the 720 S arrives next year, the 3.8L twin-turbo V8 currently powering the 650 S will be replaced by a 4.0L version of the engine. That one should be good enough for 710 ponies. For now, however, the McLaren 650 S concludes our list of supercars with more cylinders and displacement, and less horsepower than the Ford GT.
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