GT F: 351 yes, Su­perRoo no

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

No- one will be sur­prised to know the fi­nal FPV GT F has 351 kiloWatts of power from its su­per­charged 5-litre V8.

The pre­dictable de­ci­sion to go all-out with the car, and also pay a par­tial homage to the 351-cu­bic-inch Fal­con GTs that ram­paged around Bathurst in the 1970s, makes the car the most pow­er­ful Fal­con of all.

It has 16 kiloWatts more the pre­vi­ous power cham­pion at Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles af­ter tweak­ing of the elec­tronic con­trols on the car’s en­gine and trans­mis­sion and Ford prom­ises – with­out go­ing into de­tail – bet­ter per­for­mance num­bers.

“I am de­lighted to con­firm that we are go­ing to deliver what our fans have been ask­ing for,” says Bob Graziano, pres­i­dent of Ford Aus­tralia.

“And we’ve been able to do this by sim­ply un­lock­ing the la­tent per­for­mance that’s al­ready there,” he ex­plains.

The GT F sedan will wear spe­cial badg­ing in­clud­ing or­ange enamel on the GT script, al­though Ford was not tempted to re­turn the iconic ‘Su­per Roo’ stick­ers to the car.

Ford says lift­ing power to 351 kiloWatts meant new soft­ware to deliver “im­proved func­tion­al­ity of the boost con­trol sys­tem, en­abling finer tun­ing of the su­per­charger for fur­ther op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the power and torque out­put of the en­gine”.

The work has been done with­out threat­en­ing dura­bil­ity and, al­though max­i­mum torque is un­changed at 570 New­ton-me­tres, the peak is main­tained for longer.

Apart from the en­gine, the GT F 351 will come with the R-Spec sus­pen­sion pack­age, nine-inch rear al­loys with 275x35 Dun­lop Sports Maxx tyres and Brembo brakes, with six-pis­ton front and four-pis­ton rear calipers.

Vis­ually, the 351 gets a stealth strip pack­age that re­flects the blacked-out high­lights on the seven­ties mus­cle cars.

“The GT F is a cel­e­bra­tion of the GT and of Ford’s his­tory in Aus­tralia and our ded­i­cated team have made sure this ve­hi­cle can stand proudly be­side any GT prod­ucts of the past – and any Ford per­for­mance ve­hi­cles in fu­ture,” says Graziano.

But the an­nounce­ment of the fi­nal FPV Fords also in­cludes good news for ute buy­ers, with a new-look and limited-edi­tion Pur­suit with a 315-kilo­Watt su­per­charged V8. Only 120 are be­ing built, with a GT front bar, F6 side skirts and GT wheels.

The all-im­por­tant pric­ing for the farewell Fords is $77,990 for the GT F sedan and $52,990 for the V8 Pur­suit Ute.

1971 Bathurst

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.