Jeremy Clarkson Says Ford GT is Like ‘Pogo Dancing to The Ramones’
New Ford GT is raw, hard, and brutal. It’s nothing like its rivals from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren – and that’s OK.
For decades, auto journalists on the other side of the Atlantic have been hard on American cars. They’ve complained about the quality of their interiors and how poorly they handle on roads that are anything less than arrow straight. At times, The Grand Tour co-host Jeremy Clarkson has been one of those critics. But not when it comes to the Ford GT. He liked the 2005-2006 model so much that he bought one. Judging by this clip, it’s safe to say he loves the newest version of the GT, too.
Clarkson starts his review at the Le Mans-winning machine’s natural environment: a race track. After putting it into Track mode, which lowers the GT, raises its rear wing, and doubles the stiffness of the suspension, he takes off. He quickly comes to a realization. “This is not as delicate as a Ferrari.” Whereas a Ferrari has a certain refinement to it, the GT is coarse and brutal.
Its rough edges don’t wipe the smile off of Clarkson’s face, though. And they don’t keep him from seeing just how fantastic a machine the GT is. As he’s flying around the course, Clarkson says, “The steering’s brilliant, the brakes are brilliant. You get the very distinct impression that nothing in this has really been compromised to make it work elegantly on the road.”
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That uncompromising focus may limit the GT’s everyday drivability, but it gives the GT staggeringly good dynamics. The chassis is telepathic. No matter how hard Clarkson pushes it, the GT can take more.
As much as Clarkson loves the GT, he doesn’t do it blindly. There are things about it that leave something to be desired. The lackluster exhaust note from the 647-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is one of them. The GT’s large body and small fuel tank are on the list, too.
The GT’s acceleration? Definitely not. Clarkson jams his right foot to the floor. Even though he’s pinned in his seat, he manages to blurt out two words that convey his shock: “Jesus Christ!”
Ford managed to make another car that impressed Clarkson. Is it because they made the GT feel more European? No. According to Clarkson, many Ferraris and Lambos are bought by posers. The GT isn’t for posing. It’s for driving fast and loud on a track — One that has more than just straightaways.