Avro 720 Mirage Ford GT

Discussion in 'Modified / Tuned Cars' started by smellygruby, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. The Ford GT may be in the process of passing into supercar history, but that hasn't stopped Avro Motor Cars from taking one last spin at making the beast faster. The Brooklands-based tuner recently announced a 10-car run of modified GTs called 720 Mirage. Avro partnered with Roush Technologies to push the GT's power output to 720 horses. The company previously teamed up with Roush to produce the 600RE edition of the GT.

    The additional urge comes courtesy of a larger Whipple supercharger and Accufab throttle body, inlet sleeve and X pipe exhaust, among other minor modifications. Specific output is 720bhp at 6950 rpm and 815Nm (627 pound-feet) torque at 4800 rpm. Unleash that power and the 720 Mirage will run to an un-governed top speed somewhere north of 220mph.

    Suspension upgrades include a 5mm wider track and a 25mm drop, as well as KW Variant 3 adjustable coil-overs. Six-piston AP Racing brake calipers are used in the front, and drilled and slotted rotors sourced from Stillen are installed front and rear. The modifications are subtle but should help to ensure that the Avro 720 Mirage can handle its increased power with the same poise as the factory version.

    The 720 Mirage stands out thanks to a distinctive metallic orange paint job with matte-black detailing. The wheels are blacked out as well. Avro adds special decals and sill plates, and ditches the GT's rear bumper in the name of weight savings for an even more exclusive appearance. Naturally, there's a numbered plaque on the console.
     
  2. that. is. hot.
     
  3. PENIS GO BOOM

    would be even better in black. with the BBS wheels.
     
  4. Roush already did that
     
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  6. Holy awesome! When is saw the thread title is was thinking about a 720hp Mirage GT.
    But this is no dissapointment <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>

    The orange is a nice contrast to the matte black.

     
  7. still had stripes/lettering/the rear bumper

    I want one without the rear bumper, completely black, without lettering or stripes or nuthin. just pure evil.
     
  8. Looks amazing, I love it
     
  9. Best looking Ford GT there is imo. Looks so much better than stock when the wheels are just a bit wider and the car is just a bit lower. And 720 hp must be fun too. I want to see more pictures of this car.
     
  10. So freakin sexy.
     
  11. Bright Orange on black wheels is such an awesome colour combo.
     
  12. Ford GT>>>>>>>ZR1
     
  13. looks twice as good than the old roush, funny that with the help from the british, we make there supercars better lol
     
  14. no doubt.
     
  15. Amazing car.....a nice change from the normal GT
     
  16. Orange = barf, other wise, awesome
     
  17. #17 ajzahn, Apr 22, 2008
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    1st drive Ford GT Avro Mirage 720

    Test date Tuesday, April 22, 2008
    Price as tested �179,950


    What is it?

    Remember the Roush 600 RE variant of the Ford GT? It was a ten-off special edition conceived by Avro Motor Cars of Brooklands and prepared by Roush engineering in Essex, who did a lot of the Ford GT�s development in the first place.

    The Avro 720 Mirage is a similar idea. Again it�s commissioned by Avro and prepared by Roush, only this time, for two reasons, the stakes are somewhat higher.

    For one, instead of the RE's 600bhp (the regular GT had 550), the Mirage makes 720bhp, courtesy of a larger Whipple supercharger, a new induction system comprising Accufab throttle bodies, and an Accufab ceramic-coated exhaust.

    Secondly, unregistered GTs are now getting extremely hard to find. Andy McGrath of Avro reckons that, when he commissioned the 600 RE, there were 300-400 available in the US. Now, there are 30-40, many owned by people who aren�t inclined to sell them.

    Nonetheless, Avro is confident it can find ten, at a price that means at least the first five Mirages will retail at �179,950. For that, as well as the seemingly ludicrous amount of power, you get 627lb ft of torque, orange paint with matt black detailing, some identifying trim, a delimited 220mph top speed, uprated AP brakes, a 25mm suspension drop with 5mm wider tracks and adjustable KW Variant suspension.


    What�s it like?

    Ludicrously, absurdly fast, but not unbearable or un-driveable. In fact, the regular GT�s character is very much intact.

    I have in front of me a power and torque graph for the 720 Mirage, measured on Roush�s own rolling road, which I suspect is quite a good one. The power on this model builds extremely linearly from around 150bhp at 1700rpm, to � get this � 745.5bhp at the flywheel at 6550rpm. Yep, 720bhp may be a conservative estimate.

    The torque chart curves gently from an already monstrous 450lb ft at just 1500rpm, to its 627lb ft peak at 5660rpm. And that makes the Mirage just as tractable, just as driveable at low revs, as a regular GT.

    The suspension modifications means it rides a tad more firmly, with a little more control, but not enough to spoil this car�s approachability and surprising comfort. To be honest, if I hadn�t been told about the suspension tweaks, I�m not sure I�d have noticed much difference.

    The steering and controls are unchanged, too. The steering is consistently light, direct, accurate and extremely linear; like you�d imagine a big, power-assisted Lotus�s would be. The gearshift is excellent, too.

    What you cannnot fail to notice � even given the years interlude since I last drove a standard GT � is just how preposterously quickly this car goes. It�s not from a standstill that it impresses most � the regular GT�s performance is hard to use off the line, too � it�s the way that the Mirage keeps going, and going, and going.

    It�ll spin its wheels through most of second gear in the dry, and it thinks about having a chirrup as you change to third, too. And still the acceleration doesn�t seem to dry up. You�d need a huge airfield to use up the reserves of this car�s acceleration. How does it feel to have this much power under your right peg? It feels absolutely bloody marvellous.


    Should I buy one?

    Peculiar question, this. The Mirage treads a fine line. On the one hand it justifies its price by being an exclusive, unrepeatable opportunity, and an instantly recognisable one. On the other hand it�s a GT with go-faster bits you could readily buy elsewhere. Either way, it�s a pretty fabulous car. And this derivative of the GT, Avro says, is definitely the last.


    >>> www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Ford-GT-Avro-Mirage-720/232388/
     

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