Ford to revive 351 badge for final GT Falcon

ANDREW MACLEAN
Last updated 06:10 22/03/2014
FPV is bringing back some iconic badges from its early 1970s GT Falcons.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: FPV is bringing back some iconic badges from its early 1970s GT Falcons.

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Three Fifty One. The three numbers synonymous with fast Fords will be revived to farewell the famous GT Falcon later this year.

Fairfax Media can exclusively reveal that Ford Performance Vehicles will send-off the GT Falcon with the most powerful production engine it has ever had, an upgraded version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that, in reference to the cubic capacity of the hallowed engines that powered Bathurst-winning GTs of the 1970s, produces 351kW.

It is understood the limited edition is currently in the final phase of development and that sales will commence in June before the FPV division is officially closed down when the next - and last - Falcon begins rolling out of the Broadmeadows factory around September.

Ford spokesman, Neil McDonald, was reluctant to confirm the GT's iconic power output, but confirmed the company is evaluating ways to celebrate the end of an era for its performance vehicle off-shoot.

"We are in the process of finalising our plans for FPV at the moment, but do not have anything official to comment on at the moment," he told Fairfax Media.

Fairfax sources indicate the elevation in power from the current 335kW to 351kW will, not surprisingly, make the limited edition the fastest GT of all time, with the ability to accelerate from 0-100kmh in around 4.7sec.

The additional power will be matched by a host of mechanical upgrades and visual tweaks to make the ''final edition'' a genuine collector's item. It is expected to include FPV's top-shelf six-piston Brembo brakes, stiffer R-Spec suspension and wider rear tyres as well as a unique set of stickers and stripes that honours the heritage of the GT badge.

It is believed that FPV plans to build 500 of the limited edition, each commanding a premium over the heavily-discounted GT that is currently available for A$64,990 driveaway.

-Fairfax News Australia

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