Ford has confirmed that its final FPV hero, the GT F, will pay homage to the racing Falcon GTs of decades past.
A new 351 badge will represent the output in kilowatts of the GT F’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8, but it also comes as a nod to the 351ci (5.8 litre) engines of those Bathurst-conquering GTs.
Today’s news also marks confirmation of the GT F’s output, which until now had been kept quiet. (Have to keep that drip-feed going… - Ed.)
The power boost marks a 16kW increase over FPV’s previous best offerings, including the special-edition RSPEC model that appeared in 2012.
Peak torque remains unchanged at 570Nm, but thanks to the same tweaks that produces the car’s power boost, Ford says the engine is now more responsive than ever.
Falcon and FPV chief program engineer Peter de Leur said the refinements have brought improved performance times (they’re not offering figures yet) and “an increased performance feel”.
Despite the power boost, the GT F still falls well short of the 430kW offered with HSV’s hero GTS - but an early report on sales figures last week shows that Ford’s fans and collectors are unfazed.
"Ford's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is an absolute state-of-the-art V8 performance engine, and in the up-coming GT F sedan will deliver more power and torque than even its larger capacity forebear,” Ford Australia bos Bob Graziano said today.
“And we've been able to do all of this by simply unlocking the latent performance that's already there."