To mark the end of the Ford Performance Vehicle division in Australia and of
Ford production Down Under, the Blue Oval is building a limited run of GT F 351
sedans. It's based on the current Falcon GT and the most powerful GT sedan ever
produced by Ford Australia.
Australians will receive 500 units, while the remaining 50 examples will go to their neighbors in New Zealand, each with a 471-horsepower (351 kW) supercharged V8 under the hood and a AU$77,900 ($72,860) price tag.
The GT F's output was specifically chosen as a reference to the iconic 351 cubic-inch 5.8 liter V8s that powered the original Falcon GTs.
"Our goal was to create the best vehicle we could; a vehicle that pays respect to Ford GTs of old yet celebrates all that is good about Ford's performance credentials," FPV Chief Program Engineer, Peter de Leur, said.
Developed to celebrate Ford's performance brand, the new FPV GT F 351 also pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Each will carry an individual build number, with many specific numbers reserved by collectors and Falcon GT enthusiasts.
GT F 351's Exterior Design
In taking the covers off today, Ford revealed for the first time the GT F's unique bonnet black out, which harks back to the original Falcon GTs. The black out panel extends over the roof and rear deck lid, giving the last FPV a unique look.
Exposed, too, was the models distinctive stealth exterior striping package, together with gloss black accents on the raccoon eyes, grilles, appliques, door handles, mirrors and rear diffuser, ensuring that the GT F is unlike anything that has come before it.
GT orange detailing is another feature of this newest and celebratory FPV, which used on the models unique 351 badging, instrument dial faces, seat stitching and embroidery, build number and manual transmission plaquette and the ICC start-up screen.
Available in five color variants from the Ford palette, FPV GT F buyers have been given the choice of three color tonings that convey either a bold and modern look, tone-on-tone elegance or a sense of heritage that recreates the original look of the first Falcon GT.
Ford also announced that every FPV GT F owner will be able to purchase a tailored car cover in dark grey and with model logo and stripe print.
Ford's designers have given the interior finishes an even more contemporary look with darker tones and more lustrous finishes, including to the instrument panel spears, which have a look new to previous FPV models.
Apart from developing a character-filled 471 hp (351 kW) of power, the V8 engine in the GT F sedan has a transient overboost function in the engine management system that will enable drivers to access 15 per cent more power, if the prevailing conditions are favorable.
"When we started this program we had an opportunity to look at a performance increase for the engine so we developed a strategy around the calibration that allowed for a performance upgrade without impacting the all-round driveability of the car," de Leur said.
"In doing so, we were also able to make this car special for our FPV GT F customers. We were also able to add things like rear camber bolt adjustment on the rear suspension so it can be adjusted for track days, if a customer wishes."