TWO IMAGES inadvertently posted onto a Western Australian Ford dealership's website have raised speculation of a de-tuned, cut-price sibling for the V8-powered FPV GT.
The images show very little, but what can be discerned are a set of stylised GS decals and a 302 badge on the tips of the rear wing. A four-piston Brembo caliper also peeks out from behind the spokes of the rear wheel, although that doesn't necessarily mean the high-performance braking hardware will be standard on this new mystery model.
The 302 badging suggests that output will be 302kW, a small decrease compared to the 315kW developed by the current FPV GT. In combination with the GS decals (a Falcon GS was offered as a less-expensive and less-powerful alternative to the GT during the 1970s), these small external changes give the rumours an air of credibility.
The images have already been pulled down from the site that hosted them, which also suggests the cat may well have been let out of the bag.
It's all highly speculative at the moment, but given the historical significance of the GS 302 badging and the wide price gap between the $46,990 XR8 and the $67,890 FPV GT, bringing in a mid-strength model may make sound commercial sense for FPV.