US EPA releases fuel economy ratings for 2017 Ford GT

Article by Christian A., on January 9, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially released the fuel economy ratings of the 2017 Ford GT. According to the EPA, the 2017 Ford GT has a fuel economy rating of 11 mpg for city and 18 mpg for highway. Combined fuel economy rating meanwhile is measured at 14 mpg.

The figures reveal that owners will be expected to spend an additional $2,850 per year in fuel costs. For a 5-year spread, owners are likely to spend as much as $8,000. Though this may appear to be an added cost, given that the 2017 Ford GT has MSRP at $400,000, it may appear to be a paltry sum. According to various estimates, it will also mean owners will have to spend an additional $3,000 for the Gas Guzzler Tax.

However, many enthusiasts consider these figures to be rather dismal. Even if the previous generation of the GT did not have good figures as well, it continues to be better than the new model. Fuel economy rating for prior GT is at 12 mpg with highway at 19 mpg. Combined rating though is the same at 14 mpg.

This makes the Ferrari 488 GTB a bit better even with the twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine. For the Ferrari, fuel economy rating is city at 15 mpg, highway at 22 mpg, and combined rating at 18 mpg. The same is true for the Lamborghini Huracan which itself is powered with the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine. Fuel economy rating is 14 mpg for city, 21 mpg for highway, and 17 mpg combined.

For many people, what is surprising is the fact that even if the fuel economy ratings of the model have been announced, the fuel technical specifications have yet to be fully released. So far, the only thing known is that the 2017 Ford GT is to be powered with the EcoBoost 3.5-liter bi-turbo V6 engine which is estimated to deliver at least 600 hp. Top speed and acceleration continues to be unspecified. Other information known so far indicates that this model will be assembled at Ford’s facility located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. With 250 units scheduled to be manufactured annually, it is estimated that 1,000 cars will be rolled out at the Canadian facility over the course of 4 years.

Indeed, while the fuel economy numbers for the 2017 Ford GT show that it is not that efficient, it does not necessarily mean that it will not attract new customers. For many customers worldwide who opt to buy supercars, fuel economy is often the last thing on their mind. Clearly, people buy it not only for the excellent design but also for the performance that it offers. After all, what’s a few trips to the gas station when you get to experience all that power?

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