Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) is the Australian equivalent to Ford's SVT division here in North America. Its high-performance sedan, the GT, is based on the Ford Faclon saloon. FPV has unveiled the most hardcore version of the GT yet – the FPV GT RSPEC. The machine was developed by FPV with the intent of providing track-minded consumers a competition-ready performer.

Under the hood is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, codenamed "Miami," that puts out 455 horsepower and announces its arrival with a bold "Boss" paint scheme. Power is routed through a ZF six-speed manual transmission, sending power to the road via Dunlop Sport Maxx tires. The GT RSPEC will feature a very limited run of 350 units.

In addition to the GT sedan is a new limited edition Ute that will feature the same fire-breathing supercharged V8 and exterior treatment. Even more rare than the GT, the FPV Pursuit Ute will be limited to only 75 units. Click below for the press release and to get all the nitty gritty specs.
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PV RELEASES GT RSPEC

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today launched its most hard-core GT yet, the new GT RSPEC Limited Edition Series.

Developed to deliver racetrack-inspired handling to FPV's enthusiast customers, the GT RSPEC features a significantly recalibrated suspension package, new wider 9inch rear wheels with 275/35 R19 Dunlop Sports Maxx tyres and, in an FPV first, Launch Control.

Graphically, the new FPV GT RSPEC is distinctive, its look inspired by the legendary 1969 Boss Mustang with a unique stripe package and paint treatment.

Under the bonnet, the new GT RSPEC is unchanged, powered by FPV's much vaunted all-aluminium 'Miami' BOSS 335 5.0-litre supercharged engine.
"On the track the RSPEC's capabilities are just awesome ... it is the finest-handling GT in history," FPV Managing Director, Bryan Mears said.

"We have put 18 months into the development of the FPV GT RSPEC and we are extremely proud of the results; anyone who drives it on the track will be blown away by just how complete and capable this car is."

FPV's newest model was inspired by a desire to maximise the amazing performance of its now legendary 335kW 5.0Lt supercharged V8 engine by enhancing the chassis' capabilities, to create the ultimate driving package for enthusiasts.

Ironically, the modern day version of the Boss Mustang also played its part too, inspiring FPV's engineers to replicate the responsiveness and driveability of the American icon.

"From the outset with the GT RSPEC we wanted more agile handling with better traction, and so the suspension had to be considered holistically, unlike the aftermarket, where you might bolt on a set of wider tyres and hope for the best," Chief Engineer Prodrive Australia, Bernie Quinn said.

"The new car thus received a significant number of component changes to develop this totally integrated package."

The rear suspension of the GT RSPEC contains higher spring rates, re-tuned dampers, larger anti-roll bar, and reinforced rear lower control arms, while the front suspension has stiffer upper control arm bushes, stiffer front upper suspension strut mounts, and re-tuned dampers.
New 9inch rear wheels and the 275 tyre combine on the GT RSPEC to also improve cornering grip, along with improved traction during launch, and when exiting corners. A revised toe setting on the rear wheel alignment also gives improved turn-in response.

Stiffer transmission mounts on the GT RSPEC reduce powertrain and driveline movement under load improve ride quality, while the addition of Launch Control provides drivers with a more consistent performance when accelerating from rest, reducing the amount of wheel slip.

"We have created a Launch Control feature on both the manual and automatic transmission that tailors torque delivery to ensure launch performance is optimised," Bernie Quinn explained.
"The system is automatically enabled when the vehicle is started and is designed to give drivers a smooth, consistent launch on typical road surfaces."

Visually the GT RSPEC is reminiscent of the famous 1969 Boss Mustang. The Mustang's famous C-stripe is replicated on the new FPV GT RSPEC except with a '335' identifier in the stripe, while there's also a unique accent package including the lower and upper grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels, mirrors scalps, high performance spoiler with GT decal, and black painted exhaust tips.
A distinctive GT RSPEC badge is positioned on the lower left hand side boot lid.

Inside, Shadow leather sports seats with GT logo embroidery are complemented by a piano black finish around the ICC unit, tissue box and door spears.

Limited to a run of just 350 units, the GT RSPEC is available in four colour combinations, 175 of those committed to the 'hero' colour scheme of Silhouette (black) with Vixen (red) accents. The remaining 175 units will be made up of Winter White, Vixen (red) and Kinetic (blue) with Silhouette (black) accents.

Each vehicle will come with its own new look unique build badge.

All other FPV GT options will continue to be available on the GT RSPEC series, including Brembo 6-piston front and 4 piston rear brakes, ZF 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift (no cost option) and satellite – navigation with SUNA Traffic Channel.

The recommended Manufacturer's List Price* for the GT RSPEC is $76,990, at participating FPV Dealers only.

*This is the manufacturer's list price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party (CTP) insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. As a manufacturer, FPV is not able to quantify the amount of these charges as they vary depending on a range of factors and individual circumstances, including the FPV Dealer the customer purchases the vehicle from, the State or Territory where that customer purchases the vehicle and the customer's age, driving record and other personal factors. The final transaction price for the vehicle will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen FPV Dealer.

FPV RELEASES NEW LOOK LIMITED EDITION UTE

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has today launched a new look limited edition Ute.
The Pursuit Ute will feature a GT colour-coded front bumper, GT RSPEC alloy wheels, and a striking accent and C-stripe decal.

Only available in Silhouette with Vixen stripes and accents, the Pursuit Ute will be limited to just 75 units, the smallest number of Utes offered as a limited edition ever produced by FPV.
The Pursuit will continue to carry the standard features of the current GS Ute range with a number of additional extras, creating exceptional value for money.

Over and above the standard features of a GS Ute, the Pursuit Ute will now include

• Pursuit badge – positioned across rear tailgate
• 8" rear wheel with 5-spoke premium alloy wheel design with Vixen accents
• GT colour-coded bumper in Silhouette
• Vixen Upper and lower grille surrounds
• Vixen Fog lamp bezels
• Vixen Mirror Scalps
• All New Vixen decal pack – 'C' stripe
• Black painted Exhaust Tips
• Piano Black interior finish around ICC unit, tissue box and door spears
• Manual gear lever with new badge design
• Premium Sound with dual zone temperature control
• Shadow leather sports seats

The limited edition Pursuit Ute will continue to be powered by the impressive all-aluminium 315kW 5.0ltr supercharged V8 engine producing 545Nm of torque @ 2000-5500rpm.
All other options will continue to be available on the Pursuit Ute and will include ZF 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift (NCO), tow bar and satellite navigation with SUNA Traffic Channel.

The recommended Manufacturer's List Price* for the Pursuit Ute is $57,990 at participating FPV Dealers only.

*This is the manufacturer's list price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party (CTP) insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. As a manufacturer, FPV is not able to quantify the amount of these charges as they vary depending on a range of factors and individual circumstances, including the FPV Dealer the customer purchases the vehicle from, the State or Territory where that customer purchases the vehicle and the customer's age, driving record and other personal factors. The final transaction price for the vehicle will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen FPV Dealer.


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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want the Pursuit Ute. To pursue stuff.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh look! More cool stuff that Americans will never get!!! Sadness. Lincoln needs to make use of this platform STAT!
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        That would help Lincoln shed the image it's trying to shed quickly.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Current Falcon isn't design for LHD, bro. You know that. Plus, it dates back to like 2002 and that's an eternity in this business. Smart thing to do would be to stretch the IRS-equipped S197 platform and use it as a Falcon, but seeing as the current Falcon is about the size (correct me if I am wrong) of an E60 5-series, a fair amount of re-engineering is probably going to be needed to make such a vehicle work. Whether that will actually happen is anyone's guess.
          StegRacing@youtube
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          It is a completely new platform to the BA/BF. Brand new front end (including moving it to in front of the engine), completely new rear end, and even the engines were completely re-designed, although still based on the old block, but we all know that has been around forever.
          Brodz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          Back to 2002? Well... yes, it is an evolution of the BA Falcon from 2002, but the car has been seriously refined from that model. It's not uncommon for cars today to have links back 10, 15, or even 20 years.
          StegRacing@youtube
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          ".. it dates back to like 2002.." Where did you get that from??
      Cursethedawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, so many call tags. FPV, Boss 335, GT, R-Spec. Seems it could have been condensed all into one. Maybe call it the Laguna Seca edition. ;)
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      The last of the V8 interceptors....
      marshknute
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford: please sell the Falcon in the States. Dodge sells the Charger, Chevy is bringing the SS, and you have...? Forget the 5.0, stick to what you know: give your 4.0 liter inline-6 an update so it makes 300 hp in NA guise and 400 in turbocharged guise (compared to the current 261 and 362). I have a blank check ready for an XR6 Turbo Ute. Now go make it happen.
        Alexander Sambuco
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marshknute
        Though the I6 engine doesn't have the most power, it does have a lot of low down torque. 400NM (295ft.lb) at about 3000rpm. The FPV I6T has 565NM (416ft.lb) from 1950-5200rpm. Though the FPV I6T does make 420 HP as well.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really wish Ford would bring the next Falcon here. Sadly, it doesn't look like there will be a new Falcon come 2016.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford should import this vehicle now!! Chevy is bringing in the SS, so, now it's Ford turn. I would love a comparison test with the Ford, Cheyy and the Charger. Bring it on!!!!
      JayP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Road and Track thought they were cute with the April Fools Boss 302 sedan. Here it lives...
      tiguan2.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      My God that is awful. BTW, why the influx of Australian articles. We don't care.
        Nick Allain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        I suppose you'd like to see more articles about FWD 4pot CUV's?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        I care! What country does it have to be from for you to care?
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        Perhaps you would be happy with more VW articles? Besides, that Falcon looks more exciting than your Tiguan, and more desirable too.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tiguan2.0
        This is the WORLD WIDE WEB. This site has a lot of international visitors, and if you forgot, they speak English in more countries than just the USA.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news, the Taurus is still huge on the outside, tiny on the inside, overweight, FWD and (in my eyes) ugly.
      keet
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) is the Australian equivalent to Ford's SVT division here in North America" ...except that FPV actually does stuff! what has SVT done lately besides the Raptor????
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @keet
        Seriously! No Fusion, No Focus, No Fiesta... They can't even get their name on the Mustang. What IS Fords plan with these guys?
          LBJ's Love Child
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          You can't get into a GT500 without seeing the SVT badge (unless you close your eyes).
        LBJ's Love Child
        • 2 Years Ago
        @keet
        Perhaps you missed the 662 hp, 200 mph 2013 SVT Shelby GT 500 Mustang. On that car, "Shelby" is just a badge.
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          It really doesn't matter if the SVT badge is on the decklid or not - the SVT group is who did the development work on the car. It's something they've done lately...
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          OH NOES!!! IT DOESN'T SAY SVT ON THE WEBSITE!! OH HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT THIS IS AN SVT PRODUCT!? If your only gripe about the car is that it doesn't have SVT plastered all over the Ford website then stfu and move along.
          David Donovan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          I'm guessing ryan is blind then if you don't notice the SVT badges on it. But I guess typing in ford.com is just too much work for you to see that the GT500 is indeed an SVT product
          keet
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          guess you dont read David, do you? i said look at Fords website. Ford used to market SVT as if it meant something great, now its an afterthought.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          Is that car officially badged as an "SVT"? I'm still confused on that.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          Sorry keet but SVT does do all the work on the GT500 now. Back in 2005 when they did the whole retro-redesign thing, Shelby did work on the GT500 and then SVT slowly took over. Now Ford just pays to use the Shelby name since it is probably easier to call it the Shelby GT500 like it has been for the past 7 years than to switch it back to the SVT Mustang Cobra.
          keet
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LBJ's Love Child
          first of all, go to Fords website, its called the Ford Shelby GT 500, SVT is not mentioned anywhere except as an optional performance package. i owned a SVT Mustang Cobra, 10 years ago SVT was a big thing, now Ford seems to treat it as an afterthought. The new ST (and RS) Focus, is SVT mentioned anywhere there? no! Chrysler is doing a great job playing up the whole SRT brand thing!
      EnzoKwok
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just dont get it, Falcon is not that good guys. not roomy, crap plastic, old interior design driving dynamic is good at 2007 I guess but it stays there the whole design has no room to improve it's a dead end.
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EnzoKwok
        Falcon has its faults, but its not as bad as you are painting it. A $1000 thrown at each car by Ford would make a world of difference to its presentation. The problem is Ford Australia is run by accountants and yes men.
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