The GN34 with the planned 3.6L version of the SHO DOHC V6 would have produced 280 hp and 250 ft-lb torque compared to the 1986 Corvette 5.8L V8 making 230 hp and 330 ft-lb. GN34 acceleration at 6.0 sec 0-60 mph and 14.1 sec 1/4 mile would have been comparable to the Corvette (6.1/14.4) as well as the Ferrari 308 GTSi (6.4/14.3), Porsche 928S (6.2/14.3) and Porsche 944 Turbo (6.3/14.2). Where the GN34 would have really shone was in handling which was targeted to be "Best-in-world." When all the competitors noted were riding on 16" tires, the GN34 would have been one of the first with a 40-aspect ratio, 17" tire (also introduced on the 1989 Corvette). The GN34 lateral acceleration target was 0.95-1.0g with much better ride than the Corvette, due in part to a standard adjustable hydraulic damping system.
A nascent, more muscular Probe.
VictorK above's right. Ford would've done better licensing De Tomaso's Pantera.
Another slow news day at Hagerty. More overhyped nonsense for an advertiser/source of reworked press releases served as "articles."
More interesting would be learning about Pierce-Arrow's proposed company-saving 1938 junior model a la Packard's One Twenty, Lincoln's Zephyr, Cadillac's LaSalle, or the 1936-37 Cord, the latter originally called "the Baby Duesenberg" by Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg insiders.
But that would require digging, not be as lucrative as stories like the above.
It is common in the auto industry to build a mechanical prototype which features the new vehicle's powertrain or chassis elements in an existing body. It can be very expensive to build a complete prototype body from scratch. I remember when the first Ford Escort was being designed in the late 1970's, Ford had mechanical prototypes built from Honda Accords with the Ford CVH engine and transaxle. In the case of the GN34, Ford had Roush Engineering take two Pantera bodies and fit them with the GN34 design-intent suspension and chassis pieces. The Pantera already had the ZF 5-speed transaxle that the GN34 was going to use (updated of course). One of the Roush vehicles was fitted with a stock 3.0L SHO V6 while the other ran a 5.8L HO V8 to simulate the power and torque that the GN34 would ultimately get from the enlarged 3.6L SHO V6 planned for production.
That was always one of the big myths about the GN34. The 3.0L SHO engine was already programmed for the Taurus when SVO went to Yamaha and asked how much more power it could produce. Yamaha determined they could bore and stroke the block to 3.6L making 280 hp so that version was what was planned for the GN34. This would have given it acceleration equal to or better than the Corvette which made 230 hp from it's 5.7L V8 at that time (1986). In addition, SVO protected package room for Ford's upcoming 4.6L DOHC V8 that was due for the 1993 Mustang Cobra and Mark VIII. That would have made a nice in-cycle upgrade.
Bullseye my ass!
The best thing I can say about the final GN34 is that they beat Nissan to the rear end of the 300ZX (which I came close to buying) and stole the late front end of a Fiero - which I think ruined the original beautiful design. A Ferrari killer? No WAY! I'll keep my Dino 308 GT/4 any day.
They either should have:
1. Made a street legal GT40 sooner rather than later
2. Updated the original Cobra
or 3. Brought back the Pantera.
What they have here deserved to be aborted.
PS: Did they steal those wheels off of a Chrysler Turbine Car?