FPV GTF REVEALED
Barring any last-minute trickery, this right here is the last new model you’ll ever see from Ford Performance Vehicles.
Badged GT F 351 (FPV has confirmed the F stands for ‘Final’), the new hero comes as a powered-up and limited-edition celebration of a rich performance history.
Just 550 of the $77,990 sedans will be built, alongside a less powerful but even more exclusive Pursuit Ute limited to 120 units.
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Power in the GT F is provided by an enhanced 351kW version of Ford’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8, an output specifically set in homage to the Bathurst-winning 351ci (5.8 litre) Falcon GTs of decades past.
And while that particular homage - based on output rather than capacity - has drawn the ire of those expecting a monster output, it has clearly done little to curb interest among collectors.
Certain to have whetted their expectations will be the 'transient overboost' function that pushes output to above 400kW.
FPV has confirmed that all but 10 of the 500 sedans bound for Australian homes (50 will go to NZ) have been sold, and build numbers #1, #500 and #14 (randomly selected) will be auctioned for charity.
The GT F’s 351kW output represents a 16kW jump over the performance brand’s previous top models, including the special-edition 2012 GT RSPEC.
That increase is courtesy of a specialised tune of the sedan’s Powertrain Control Module system, centred around improvements to boost control.
Peak torque remains unchanged at 570Nm, but thanks to the fettling of the engine management, Ford says the engine is now more responsive than ever.
The supercharged GT F’s 'transient overboost' function delivers an additional 15 percent increase in power - “if the prevailing conditions are favourable”.
Pushing output beyond 400kW, FPV’s engineers reckon overboost can be accessed “all day long” on a cool day, but high ambient temperatures will see the function limited to 15-20 second bursts to protect the engine.
FPV Chief Program Engineer, Peter de Leur, says the GT F’s power curve is designed to deliver “a very noticeable feel” to the car’s performance.
“This is delivered in every gear above 4000 rpm, other than first gear,” de Leur said over the overboost function.
And while acceleration times have not been published, de Leur said at the launch event today that the GT F should be capable of a 0-100km/h run of 4.5 seconds - or around 0.2 seconds quicker than the regular GT.
Other highlights include the launch control system and enhanced suspension package of the GT RSPEC model revealed in 2012, along with a new G-Force meter in the GT F’s large dash display.
The rear suspension also allows for camber bolt adjustment so that a more track-focused setup can be tuned in without affecting day-to-day driveability.
“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.
Also borrowed from the RSPEC model will be nine-inch wide rear wheels wrapped in 275/35 R19 Dunlop Sports Maxx rubber and finished in a dark grey.
Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes are also standard equipment for the GT F model.
Other changes add a ‘stealth’ sticker pack that includes a large bonnet and roof strip, and ‘GT F’ lettering in the door graphics.
The sticker pack will come in matte black on all body colours (white, blue, black, orange and smoke grey), with a white stripe option for blue and gold body colours.
Gloss black accents have also been applied to the ‘racoon eyes’ headlight garnish, along with the grille, door handles, mirrors and rear diffuser.
The powered-up engine also gets from ‘GT F 351’ stamping in place of the usual ‘BOSS 335’ detail.
In the cabin, there are darker tones featured across the various highlights, along with a build-number plate and ‘GT orange’ details throughout.
The FPV GT F is priced at $77,990, up from $70,790 for the ‘regular’ GT sedan.
FPV Pursuit Ute
FPV is also offering a new Pursuit Ute, based again on the specifications of the GS model.
Additional features include Pursuit badging, a build number badge, eight-inch GT wheels, GT front bumper, partial leather seats, climate control, ‘Premium Sound’ and satellite navigation.
The Pursuit Ute is powered by Ford’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8, producing 315kW and 545Nm of torque.
Limited to 120 cars, the FPV Pursuit Ute is priced at $52,990.