It's always best to go out with a bang rather than a whimper, and Ford Performance Vehicles is doing just that in Australia with the Falcon GT F 351. It's the most powerful road car the Aussie performance brand has ever made with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 471 horsepower (351 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet of torque. It's joined by the FPV Pursuit Ute with the same powerplant tuned to 422 hp and 402 lb-ft. Sadly, the last F in this Falcon's name stands for Final.

The GT F 351 is a monumental way to go out, though. It harkens back to the old days of Aussie muscle Fords, and the 351kw output is meant to reference the classic Falcon GT and its 351-cubic-inch V8. In addition to the massive power, the F has the improved suspension from the R-Spec model and Brembo brake calipers.

FPV is building just 500 GT F sedans for Australia and 50 more for New Zealand, plus 120 Pursuit Utes. They feature a blacked-out hood and black stripes over the hood and sides, plus gloss black accents around the headlights, door handles and mirrors.

To be clear, this isn't actually the final Falcon; its production ends in Australia in 2016. Instead, it's the swan song for Ford Performance Vehicles. It was brought in-house by Ford Australia, and the Blue Oval later decided to kill off the Aussie performance brand allegedly to give more room for the Mustang in the market in 2016. Scroll down to watch a melancholic video of FPV's final creations and to read the car's official announcement.

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Ford Reveals Celebration FPV GT F and Pursuit

MELBOURNE, Australia, 10 Jun., 2014 – Ford today officially launched its celebration FPV models, the limited-edition FPV GT F sedan and Pursuit Ute.

351 kW supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine celebrates iconic FPV era
Most powerful GT sedan ever produced by Ford Australia
Engine overboost function provides 15 per cent more power

The most powerful GT sedan ever produced by Ford Australia, the FPV GT F is powered by a 351 kilowatt supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine. The GT F's output was specifically chosen as a reference to the iconic 351 cubic-inch 5.8 litre V8s that powered the original Falcon GTs.

The beating heart of the GT F has undergone specialised development by the Ford Product Development team and partner Prodrive Premcar to meet customer expectations of both performance and driveability.

"Our goal was to create the best vehicle we could; a vehicle that pays respect to Ford GTs of old yet celebrates all that is good about Ford's performance credentials," FPV Chief Program Engineer, Peter de Leur, said.

Apart from developing a character-filled 351 kW of power, the V8 engine in the GT F sedan has a transient overboost function in the engine management system that will enable drivers to access 15 per cent more power, if the prevailing conditions are favourable.

The GT F 351's power curve has been calculated to deliver a very noticeable feel to the car's performance. "This is delivered in every gear above 4000 rpm, other than first gear," he said.

"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.

"In doing so, we were also able to make this car special for our FPV GT F customers.

"We were also able to add things like rear camber bolt adjustment on the rear suspension so it can be adjusted for track days, if a customer wishes," de Leur said.

Developed to celebrate Ford's performance brand, the new FPV GT F also pays homage to the legendary Falcon GTs of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Each will carry an individual build number, with many specific numbers reserved by collectors and Falcon GT enthusiasts.

Customers have rushed dealers Australia-wide to secure the celebration run of FPV GT F sedans and Pursuit utes. Very few GT F sedans remain available and there is strong interest in the Pursuit utes.

Just 500 of the FPV GT F sedans will be built for the Australian market, with an additional 50 built for New Zealand. Ford will build just 120 Pursuit Utes.

In taking the covers off today, Ford revealed for the first time the GT F's unique bonnet 'black out', which harks back to the original Falcon GTs.

The 'black out' panel extends over the roof and rear deck lid, giving the last FPV a unique look.

Exposed too was the model's distinctive 'stealth' exterior striping package, together with gloss black accents on the 'raccoon eyes', grilles, appliques, door handles, mirrors and rear diffuser, ensuring that the GT F is unlike anything that has come before it.

'GT orange' detailing is another feature of this newest and celebratory FPV, which used on the model's unique '351' badging, instrument dial faces, seat stitching and embroidery, build number and manual transmission plaquette and the ICC start-up screen.

Ford's designers have given the interior finishes an even more contemporary look with darker tones and more lustrous finishes, including to the instrument panel spears, which have a look new to previous FPV models.

Available in five colour variants from the Ford palette, FPV GT F buyers have been given the choice of three colour tonings that convey either a bold and modern look, tone-on-tone elegance or a sense of heritage that recreates the original look of the first Falcon GT.

Ford also announced that every FPV GT F owner will be able to purchase a tailored car cover in dark grey and with model logo and stripe print.

The limited-edition Pursuit ute revealed today will feature a new exterior look incorporating a number of GT F style features and includes the bonnet/roof/rear deck black-out.

This final FPV ute is powered by a 315kW version of the same supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine in the GT F.

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      • 6 Months Ago
      Goodnight, sweet prince.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Sure glad we have Dodge Charger HEMI's instead of this antique mess.
        • 6 Months Ago
        I don't always agree with you Bill but I do here. This thing is ugly and outdated.
          • 6 Months Ago
          No kidding. The 90's called and they want their car back.
          • 6 Months Ago
          Totally agree. I live in Australia and really not overly joyed with this release. I used to be a Ford guy but they've gone all boring on us and we can't wait for the Mustang. This FPV is a bit bland regardless of it's performance. It doesn't really grab your attention like the HSV GTS or Jeep SRT does. All 500 are already spoken for but I get the feeling that it's not going to generate the same kind of excitement at the barbie like say owning a GTHO. I know a guy with a R-Spec and I'm kinda "meh" about that on too.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 6 Months Ago
      The car we've always wanted here in the US, but never got. RIP Damn you Ford and your bloated transverse FWD boats This is a real sedan
      • 6 Months Ago
      its dated looking. bring on the Mustang!!!
      • 6 Months Ago
      Would make a good Lincoln. It's already developed, just engineer it for left drive and stick a subtle twin whale grill on it. Import the team from AU and let them continue to develop the Falcon as a Lincoln. Call it Falcon. It would be a way to make Lincoln not be a badge engineered Ford. Mustang is like Corvette, separate to itself .
        • 6 Months Ago
        Good idea: exactly what I was thinking minus the Lincoln grill. A restyle by Pinninfarna maybe?
        • 6 Months Ago
        I'd love to see this car state-side, but I hate being the wet blanket. In order for Ford to bring it here, they either need to allocate room in an existing plant (which they really don't have room for), or reopen a formerly shuttered plant (Twin Cities or St. Thomas come to mind). Then there's shipping the equipment from Broadmeadows to here. Not cheap. Then, relocating the team, which you may loose some to not wanting to relocated. Not cheap either. (Relocation costs plus work visas.) Then, time lost with redesign, validation, and testing. This car would be out of date by the time it would even hit the market. If Ford did it right now, you're still looking at about a 2019MY at the earliest.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Another affordable RWD car bites the dust.. :/
        • 6 Months Ago
        "affordable?" its an $80,000 car in Australia, and that's just the MSRP. what will be the going rate, 100K? more?
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is the brilliant car that Ford just threw in the bin... along with the factory and workers that make it.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Australia has 22.8 million people. the US has 313 million people. please make a definitive business case as to why Ford should continue to build unique (and profitable) vehicles for this market, with about 9% of the population of the US. bear in mind the only other country it can be sold in RHD form is New Zealand, with a population of only 4.3 million people, smaller than the metro areas of many US large cities. when I was in Australia in 1992, a V-8 equipped LTD was almost $70,000 (Aus), and a Jeep Cherokee with average equipment (Cherokee Sport) was over $50,000 Australian. we're very fortunate to live in the USA, as the size, volume and competition of our market gives us some of the least expensive vehicles in the world, regardless of where they come from. don't believe it? just ask a Canadian. even though the Canadian/US dollars are in parity today, Canadians still pay about 20% more for exactly the same vehicle we buy here in the US. its even worse in Australia. and consider a loaded-to-the-gills 1992 Crown Victoria with leather and the handling/performance package was well less than $30,000 here in the US; compare that to a $70,000 Australian LTD in 1992. we are blessed, indeed. and if you think it would sell here, just ask yourself how many of those Australian-built Chevrolet SS models you've seen in your area...and they're only 45K.
          • 6 Months Ago
          Well I am Australian. And I've seen heaps of the new Commodore SS and other trims around my area thank you. I do know all about how well the US have it with their this and that at such a darling price. Fact is... cars sold in our country and most others are built to a much higher standard, with better trim levels/more equipment as standard. This is because the entitled US populace have an idea about how much is acceptable to pay for a car. I can't criticize this as we get ripped off in this country. Another home truth is that we pay much more for fuel than the entitled US populace... so these big beautiful sedans are unpopular. For those who can afford the fuel... they want SUV's... because most people are dicks. An LTD in 1992 was only $58,800, and was very well equipped and would have been better built. Probably would have out handled the Crown Vic too. In fact it had more standard equipment (except for safety) than an S Class Mercedes of the time which didn't even have a CD, one couldn't be optioned. The LTD on the other hand had a six stack CD player. But enough penis shaking. The fact is, many times in recent history Ford of Australia tried integrate the Falcon before 'One Ford'... but were constantly cock blocked by Ford NA.. who didn't want to ripple the pond of sewage that was their product lineup. Ford Australia even tried to amalgamate the AU platform for the Mustang in the late ninties... with advanced things like 'Independent Rear Suspension'. Which had been a mainstay in most advanced cars - especially sports - for over 30 years at that point. "Too expensive" said Ford NA. And now... the new Mustang has IRS... upgraded units to what this Falcon GT uses. "Thanks for the tech Falcon... but it's time to die.". How ungrateful. The best, most advanced four door sedan in the Ford portfolio... and they wouldn't even sell it as a Lincoln. Obviously when you have something this good... you throw it away. Meanwhile up to the lead of admitting to kill Falcon after poisoning it over a few years... Ford kept telling us that consumers didn't want RWD. Today we see a resurgence of this layout amongst manufacturers. Ford could have integrated this car into One Ford. They just didn't want too.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ugly and outdated looking. I would take a Charger over this any day.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Shoulda named it the GTFO
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ford has turned into Americas Toyota. The build, practical, reliable, and very boring FWD based I4/V6 cars and killed off all their RWD, and V8 cars. I've bled blue my whole life but the hell with Ford. Even in their 1/2 ton trucks you have to settle for a v6 if you want the top of the line motor. Even with the new Mustang for example. They make it wider only to add that extra width to the trunk instead of the wheel wells which too small a wheel well was one of the S197's biggest flaws, and it gets heavier where the Gen6 Camaro will almost certainly shrink in size and weight being built on a Alpha platform. It's obvious GM is just much more of a performance oriented company than Ford as they care about it more.
      • 6 Months Ago
      That FPV Pursuit is probably the fastest thing with a truck bed Ford are ever going to build.
      High Altitudes
      • 6 Months Ago
      Needs a 1978 Mad Max paint scheme.
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