Ford GT 2

Five months after its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show, our trusty spy photographers have spotted the new 2017 Ford GT, undisguised and prowling public roads – and its looks are as jaw-dropping here as they were in the press photos and on the show stand.

Even with the ill-fitting bolt-on body panels and placeholder parts, and shorn of the show car’s Liquid Blue paint, the visual drama is still intact – aggressive shark-like nose, twin bonnet nostrils, gaping holes in the bodywork (used to channel air through the body for maximum aero efficiency), muscular haunches and high-mounted centre-exit exhausts all present and correct.

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Compared to the show car, the mule doesn’t have the futuristic-looking dual-tier LED headlights, slim wing mirrors or the massive diffuser, and the large circular tail lights and enormous tailpipes have been swapped for temporary units. This could either mean that these parts will be changed when the car reaches production, or have simply been removed for the purposes of testing.

Powered by a 3.5 litre EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 – claimed to produce “over 600 hp” – mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 2017 Ford GT is slated to enter production late next year, just in the nick of time before the 50th anniversary of the GT40‘s landmark Le Mans win passes.