Ford confirms final Falcon GT for NZ

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 09:00 09/04/2014
FPV is bringing back some iconic badges from its early 1970s GT Falcons.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: FPV is bringing back its iconic GT badge - from its early 1970s Falcons - for its last iteration.

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The hallowed Falcon GT badge will go out with a bang.

Ford has confirmed plans to build 550 special Falcons - 50 of which are designated for the New Zealand market - which will see off one of the most iconic names in motoring in this part of the world.

The blue oval has not announced performance statistics for its final GT, but Fairfax Media understands the car will produce 351kW, a number that references the capacity in cubic inches of classic Ford motors, including the earlier Bathurst-winning Falcon GTs.

Ford president Bob Graziano says the final cars, named GT-F – with F denoting final - were "a project of passion" for staff.

"The GT-F is a celebration of the GT and of Ford's history in Australia and our dedicated team have made sure this vehicle can stand proudly beside any GT products of the past – and any Ford performance vehicles in future," he says.

The car and feature wider wheels and handling upgrades that debuted on the 2012 FPV GT R-Spec.

Performance from its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine will be reined in by Brembo brakes at the front and rear.

Styling upgrades will include new racing stripes that pay tribute to the brand's performance and racing heritage.

On the inside, limited-edition badges and embroidery will separate it from standard cars.

It will also produce 120 run-out Pursuit ute models.

-Fairfax News Australia

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