The 2006 Ford GT Mid Engine Supercar / Photos Specs

This Ford Supercar model, the two seater Mid Engine Ford GT was first introduced at the North American Auto Show in 2002. One month after this release, Ford Motor announced that the car would be put into production. The car featured in this article is the 2006 Ford GT with a 5.4 liter mid engine turbo charged power plant. Output from this engine is 550 HP.

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2006 Ford GT

Ford GT and Ford GT40

The Ford GT is an all-American Supercar that was created in honor of the history of the GT40 race cars that dominated Le Mans in the mid-1960s. The new GT was designed for the road as opposed to the GT40 of the 1960's.

The car is the street version of the Grand Prix race car. The body design and lines are stunning from any angle. Every curve and line on the Ford GT  is a creative reinterpretation of the GT40 race car. The Ford GT is obviously a real head turner.

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Ford's first win at Le Mans, the 2006 Ford GT was offered in a limited-edition Tungsten Grey color. Ford Motor developed this color in 2004 for the show cars...the Ford GT, the Shelby Cobra roadster concept and the new 2005 Mustang GT. These were featured in the North American International Auto Show Ford “Performance Trilogy".

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5.4 Liter 550 HP engine mid mounted

The 2006 Ford GT was of the first generation (2005-2006). The second generation Ford GT's will be out for the 2016 model year and will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 Le Mans victories.

Ford GT Vs. Chevy Corvette

There is no question that in 2006, the Ford GT was a competitor to the Chevy Corvette. Both of those impressive vehicles were true sports cars. With that being said, there were many wide differences. Start with the price tag. In 2006, the Chevrolet Corvette was priced at around $70,000. On the other hand, you would have had to pay around $140,000 for the 2006 Ford GT.

In ways other than price, the two cars were quite similar. While the Ford GT had a 5.4 liter V-8 engine putting out 550 horsepower, the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 sported a 7.0 liter V-8 rated at 505 horsepower. Both cars did do the 0-60 at 3.7 seconds.

The Ford GT's 5.4 Liter Engine

The Ford GT engine was based on the largest V-8 in Ford’s modular engine family. This eight cylinder Ford GT engine has an all-aluminum block. with four valve cylinder heads. The crankshaft is forged steel and forged aluminum pistons. This engine allowed serious supercar performance. The 550 HP put out by this engine is generally comparable with the original, larger engine that went into competition GT40 cars. Those GT40's were pure race cars that had impressive results at Le Mans. In 1966 they placed 1, 2, 3. Ford also had great racing successes with their GT40 race car at both Sebring and Daytona.

2006 ford gt first generation2006 Ford GT Specifications

As mentioned above, the 2006 Ford GT Supercar was equipped with an Eight cylinder 5.4 liter mid mounted engine producing 550 HP. The engine block was all aluminum with forged aluminum pistons. It's said that the top speed for the 2006 Ford GT is over 200 MPH. Fuel efficiency is rated at 13 city and 21 highway.

Transmission on the 2006 Ford GT was a six speed manual with overdrive.

Dimensions of the 2006 Ford GT are different from the GT40 race car. The 2006 GT is 18 inches longer and 4 inches taller than the GT40. Dimensions for the 2006 Ford GT includes an overall length of 182.8 inches, a wheelbase of 106.7 inches, a width of 76.9 inches and a height of 44.3 inches. The car's weight is rated at 3,350 lbs.

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ford gt supercar2006 Ford GT Collector Values

The 2006 Ford GT is a popular sports cars with plenty of excellent owner reviews.Some believe the 2005-2006 Ford GT, sometimes known as the GT40, is the best American car ever built.

The first generation Ford GT's sold for around $140,000, sometimes a bit higher. As of this writing, we see one 2006 Ford GT with a price tag of $285,000.

The Ford GT ended up being a fine investment. These Supercars are unique and, as mentioned above, Ford Motor Company will be producing the second generation GT's beginning with the 2016 model year.

(Article and photos copyright 2015 Auto Museum Online)


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The Plymouth / Chrysler Prowler / The Design Story and Specifications

The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler, is a retro-styled production car manufactured and marketed in 1997 and 1999-2002 by Daimler Chrysler. When the Prowler was first released, the collective reaction from car buffs was a loud, “OMG”. Certainly the car looked different than just about any other production car on the market and it was a real head turner with it's hot rod styling.

plymouth prowler specs

A 1993 Concept Car

The Prowler was first introduced in January 1993 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The cars stunning design caught peoples attention from the start.

Just two months later the Prowler made an appearance at the Goodguys Spring Nationals hot rod show in Pomona, CA. to much acclaim. One month after that, dealers from around the country gave the car a thumbs up and talked about production feasibility. This was followed by engineering work in early 1994, test driving in 1995 and extended cross country road trip tests in 1996. Full production approval came in March 1997.

Following is the story of the Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler and how it went from a concept car in 1993 to a production car in 1997, which in itself is quite a feat.

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Engineering of the Prowler

Engineering work began in earnest in the spring of 1994. At this time computers were the method to really get out some creative and different types of styles. At the same time this allowed for designing without breaking the bank on developmental expenses. The Prowler was one such computer designed concept. Many will say that the Prowler design followed quite closely to a retro-roadster design by Chip Foose.

The Prowler looked like a futuristic speedster with an open-wheel front end and low-slung hot rod body. Chrysler however did not produce the vehicle as a hot rod. To help keep costs down Chrysler used it's standard 3.5-liter V6 as the Prowler's power plant. The engine did deliver a healthy 250 hp. While looking like a hot rod, the Prowler didn't even have a manual transmission, which made it almost impossible to lay down hot rubber on the road.

A Name Change and More

In January 2001, the Plymouth brand was dropped from the Prowler name, and the hot rod looking vehicle became a Chrysler. As part of this change the company introduced a new "Mulholland Edition". This was a dark blue coupe with white pinstriping. Chrysler also offered two new paint schemes for the Prowler. A two-tone version (the top of the car will be black and the sides will be silver), called the "Black Tie Edition," came out. It also includes a silver instrument cluster bezel and silver floor mats. Later in 2001, Chrysler introduced a new color, Prowler Orange. Discontinued colors that year were red, yellow,purple and black. Silver was still offered.

2000 Plymouth / Chrysler Prowler Specifications

Over all the design is what makes the car. In fact, the Prowler may make you a celebrity in your neighborhood. This sports car will get you lots of looks. Performance is great for the the size and weight of the vehicle.

2000 plymouth prowler

  •  3.5 liter V 6 front engine with 96 mm bore, 81 mm stroke, 9.9 compression ratio, overhead cam and four valves per cylinder
  • Uses Premium unleaded fuel
  • Fuel consumption: EPA city (mpg): 17 and highway (mpg): 23
  • Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 23 and EPA city (mpg): 17
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 12 gallon  premium unleaded fuel tank
  • Power: 250 HP
  • 0 to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds
  • Rated top speed of 126 MPH
  • Total production during the entire model run was 11,700 vehicles

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The Chrysler/Plymouth Prowler was certainly a creative design put out by Daimler-Chrysler. The automobile has many enthusiasts as demonstrated by the Prowler Owners Association and Prowler Club. See website

References included the 2000 and 2001 Chrysler Prowler Owners Manual Guide Book.

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2015 Polaris Slingshot / Three Wheeler Car-Motorcycle

Some call the Polaris Slingshot a Car-Motorcycle Tweener. The Slingshot with it's radical design looks somewhat like the Morgan with it's three wheels yet the two passenger vehicle it is not classified as a car and lacking in automobile crash safety standards.

2015 slingshot three wheeler

2015 Polaris Slingshot

For an example, as of this writing the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has not licensed the Slingshot and has kept it off the state's roadways. Other states have classified the vehicle as a three wheel motorcycle and in those cases the 2015 Polaris Slingshot is a street-legal three-wheeler. States that classify the Slingshot as a motorcycle will likely enforce all rules and laws pertaining to motorcycle operation.

The Company and the Model

Polaris of course is a manufacturer of recreational vehicles and their Slingshot was designed with some characteristics of their ATV's. As a side note, Polaris is also the parent company of Indian Motorcycles and Victory Motorcycles.

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2.4 L Engine

There are two different models of the Slingshot. The base model features titanium metallic aint, 17" alloy wheels upfront, and an 18" wheel in the rear.

The premium model called Slingshot SL features red pearl paint, larger 18in forged aluminum wheels upfront and a 20in wheel in the rear, and a blade windscreen for wind protection.

The vehicle is a head turner as you can plainly see in these photos. Slingshot™ is an entirely new on-road driving and riding experience. The open air cockpit of Slingshot™ hits you with a 360 degree rush of sight, sound, and smell. With side by side seating, both driver and passenger experience a front row shot of adrenaline

Power for the 1700 lb. vehicle comes from a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. Power is sent to the rear wheel at 173 hp. The steering is power assisted and the vehicle has a five speed manual gearbox.

Specifications for the Polaris Slingshot, per the manufacturer are as follows...

  • ECO TEC 2.4 Liter DOHC Engine developed by General Motors
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • High-Strength Steel Spaceframe
  • 3-Point Seatbelts
  • LED Taillights and Projector – Beam Headlights
  • Double-Wishbone Front Suspension with Sway Bar
  • Electronic Power-Assisted Steering
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS Disk Brakes
  • Tilt Steering
  • Adjustable, Waterproof Seats
  • Lockable Storage Bins and Glove Box
  • Slingshot front wheels are 17" and the rear wheel is 18".
  • Polaris Slingshot measures 149.6 inches in length, 77.6 inches in width, 51.9 inches in height and it has a 105-inch long wheelbase.

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2015 Slingshot

One review of the Slingshot published on is as follows:

It looks like something out of Michael Bay’s subconscious - projector-beam headlights as eyes, its futuristic bodywork angular and edgy, with wide-set wheels and low-profile rubber setting a muscular stance. A dorsal fin rises between two roll bars, the machine’s truncated tail showcasing a hefty coil-over shock and stout single-sided swingarm. In a sense Polaris’ three-wheeled 2015 Slingshot is a transformer, part car, part motorcycle, a sophisticated machine with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP), traction control and ABS, the sum of its parts aimed at a riding experience that raises heart rates and adrenalin levels.

The 2015 Slingshot has been in development for the last three years. Polaris was granted a patent for its three-wheeler on September 17, 2013, with Garth H. Bracy, Gurminder S. Bhandal and Greg Brew listed as inventors.

(Article and photos copyright Auto Museum Online)