We here at Motrolix heard a bit of an offensive (yet admittedly, hilarious) joke at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show – that Ford gave the new Ford GT supercar an EcoBoost V6 because even they knew that the car was begging for an LS-swap.
Wars were started over less; Helen of Troy can’t possibly have been Ford GT levels of gorgeous. But the joke incited an internal debate among the team as to whether the twin-turbo V6 is befitting of such a car.
On the one hand, the new Ford GT will ship with not-just-any EcoBoost V6; at only 3.5-liters of displacement, the engine develops around 600 HP. And, it’s race-proven, being in essence the same motor which propelled the Ford Daytona Prototype to three overall victories in the 2014 Tudor USCC season. Tack onto that the fact that the new Ford GT is a desirable, perfectly visible rolling advertisement for Ford’s EcoBoost line of engines, and it’s quite easy to see how the automaker arrived at this decision.
On the other hand, Ford just released the friggin’ marvelous 500+ HP, 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 found in the Shelby Mustang GT350. Not only does this motor have the cylinder count and displacement to feel right at-home in the new Ford GT, but it also has the peak horsepower and racy, high rev-limit that – maybe with the addition of a supercharger – could have propelled the car to true greatness.
We won’t weigh-in with our own opinions; only you can solve this quandary for us.