FPV GTF CONFIRMED
The announcement follows speculation that a special new final model would soon surface - and FPV has today confirmed that the ‘F’ does indeed stand for “Final”.
“Developing this FPV sedan and ute has been a project of passion, a combined effort by many dedicated and passionate Ford engineering staff and suppliers to produce a model that celebrates the FPV brand for our customers and fans,” Ford Australia boss Bob Graziano said.
“The entire team has worked tirelessly to develop a GT that will forever pay homage to the FPV brand and celebrate its iconic status among enthusiasts.”
The company is keeping quiet on power details, although reports suggest a boost for Ford’s supercharged V8 will see power climb from 335 to 351kW - a nod, of sorts, to the 351ci Cleveland V8 engine of the legendary Bathurst winners.
While the company is keeping those details under wraps for now, it has been more forthcoming with other aspects of the final FPV GT.
Among the GT F’s highlights will be the enhanced suspension package of the GT RSPEC model revealed in 2012.
Also borrowed from the RSPEC model will be a launch control system and nine-inch wide rear wheels wrapped in 275/35 R19 Dunlop Sports Maxx rubber.
Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes will also be taken from the FPV GT options list to be made standard equipment for the GT F model.
FPV has yet to release images of the GT F model, but design boss Nick Eterovic said his team has taken their cues from the across the GT badge’s Australian history.
“We knew we had to celebrate an icon so some of the visual design cues can trace their heritage back to the Ford GTs of the 1970s,” Eterovic said.
“There is a true sense of history and celebration with this car but we wanted to make sure that we retained the most exciting elements of the current FPV range, while modernising the design and adding fresh elements to the GT F.”
Eterovic described a ‘stealth’ stripe package, which 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.
In the cabin, the GT F will get ‘premium’ stitching to the partial leather sports seats and interior trim.
A GT F-branded build number plate will also feature.
The GT F will be limited to 550 units: 500 for Australia, and 50 for New Zealand.
Launch timing for the special is still to be confirmed, although FPV communications boss Wes Sherwood has confirmed a 2014 debut.
Likewise, engine details and images will be released closer to launch.
The FPV GT F will be priced at $77,990, up from $70,790 for the ‘regular’ GT sedan.
FPV Pursuit Ute Coming
FPV has also confirmed the coming of a new Pursuit Ute, based again on the specifications of the GS model.
Additional features will 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 will be powered by Ford’s supercharged 5.0 litre V8, producing 315kW and 545Nm of torque.
Limited to 120 cars, the FPV Pursuit Ute will be priced at $52,990.
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