GT F: 351 yes, SuperRoo no
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.