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2017 Ford GT Prototype Spied Testing

Development mule looks just as sensational as the show car.

The 2017 Ford GT might be one of the most highly anticipated cars of the decade, and these new spy shots give us another glimpse at this dramatic supercar's development process. Seen here testing in prototype form with a bare body and plenty of exposed mechanical bits, the Ford GT looks just as sensational as it did when it debuted at the Detroit auto show earlier this year in show-stopping Liquid Blue paint.

Other than the exposed, unpainted bodywork, there are plenty of differences from the show car that indicate that this Ford GT is a development mule. The headlights and taillights are temporary stand-ins for the LED-accented lights on the show car, and other details like the tiny side mirrors and exposed exhausts out back will surely change for production. Even with this unfinished appearance, the Ford GT still has a dynamite presence on the road.

Also visible on this prototype are the 2017 Ford GT's impressive 20-inch wheels, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, and huge Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. Though we can't see into the engine bay of this car, we're sure that Ford is hard at work tuning the GT's mid-mounted, 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. This engine is said to produce more than 600 hp in the Ford GT, and will route all that power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In combination with the lightweight carbon-fiber tub, this high-output powertrain should make for blistering performance to compete with the upper echelon of world-class supercars.

The 2017 Ford GT will begin production in Ontario, Canada in late 2016 in conjunction with Multimatic Inc. Current estimates place the supercar's price around $400,000, and we don't yet know how limited its production run will be. Ford has been slowly releasing more technical details on the GT, so stay tuned over the coming months for more information on this long-awaited performance flagship from Ford.