FPV GT F 351: 404 kW of Supercharged Grunt

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Ford Performance Vehicles has revealed the final GT Falcon model before the Blue Oval's Australian arm rebrands itself. It bears the FPV GT F 351 moniker, costs AUD 77,990 and it pumps out 404 kW of savagery in overboost mode and 570 Nm of tire-shredding torque.
When the overboost function isn't engaged, the highly anticipated super sedan churns out 351 kW (470 hp). The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 muscle delivers those 420 lb-ft of torque from as low as 2,500 rpm all the way to 5,500 rpm. Yup, this is the perfect machine to lay rubber down even in second of third gear if you don't mind replacing the clutch every Tuesday or so.

According to FPV, the overboost function can operate endlessly at lower temperatures, but hot days limit it to 15 - 20 seconds of operation time to prevent engine damage. Also, the ECU is calibrated in such a way that the extra oomph isn't available in first gear in order to protect the gearbox. Anyhow, those 351 kW of Aussie grunt are still an improvement over the regular GTs that run the 335 kW supercharged eight-cylinder mill.

500 units of the FPV GT F 351 are allocated to Australian customers, with 50 other to be delivered in New Zealand. If you want one, good luck finding it. Almost all have been sold and every single unit has already been allocated to a dealership. Also, some dealers will sell you one for as high as AUD 100,000 due to the low production run and sky high demand. If you want something that's similarly powered but a bit cheaper, then you might be interested in the GT F 351's sister model - the FPV Limited Edition Pursuit Ute, which is priced at AUD 52,990. 120 units will be manufactured and each will be powered by the 315 kW Miami V8 that served GS models.

So how does it stack up in a straight line? Well, Ford Australia "forgot" to specify this detail, but some sources hint that the FPV GT F 351 will do the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint in a blistering 4.6 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the GT R-Spec. As for aesthetics, the final GT F wears a wide stripe running over the hood, roof and boot. Gloss black doorhandles, side mirrors and spoiler differentiates it from other GT models, while the matte black GT F body-side decals and stealthy racoon-like headlamps are other special visual features.

Borrowing the track-focused goodies of the GT R-Spec, the 351 boasts a few enhancements over its sibling, chief among which is the rear camber bolt adjustment on the rear suspension. When properly tuned, it aids turn-in response especially when going Banzai on a winding B-road or circuit. As for the inside, upgrades include darker tone and more lustrous finished materials, 351 badging, an ICC infotainment system boasting a G-force sensor, as well as a serialized plaque that shows what build number your car is.

We remind you that even though FPV will disappear as a brand in the near future, the updated Falcon is slated to arrive this year. It will wear traditional Ford badges and will revive the XR8 nameplate.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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