The Ford Falcon has been in production since 1960, and since 1972, it’s been entirely a product of Australia — designed, developed, and produced entirely separate from the U.S. It holds the position of Australia’s best-selling car, and sells with a variety of engines and trim levels. Over the last seven generations, more than 3 million of them have been sold. That’s a lot of Falcon s. They even produce a Ranchero-like ute version that takes the awesomeness to a whole new level. Heading into 2015, Ford is releasing a new performance version of the Falcon, dubbed the FPV GT F.
Sometimes, I swear Ford is just trying to make its customers in the United States jealous of its customers in Australia. Sure, they gave the U.S. a much more capable Focus than was previously available, the tiny-but-flickable Fiesta , and a number of quite enjoyable ST models, but even so, it seems like the Australians have all the fun.
Even as the Fusion and Taurus improve leaps and bounds over their predecessors, neither sedan is offered with a V-8, and neither is rear-wheel drive. The Australian Ford Falcon, however, comes with both rear-wheel-drive and an optional V-8, which makes it much more desirable than the Fusion or even the Taurus in the United States. If you want tail-out fun from an American sedan , then the Ford Falcon is one of those cars that you know you love, but you know you can’t have.
To make things worse, Ford has just introduced the Falcon-based 2015 FPV GT F, a 5.0-liter, V-8 monster of a sedan that makes more horsepower than a Mustang GT and still manages to have the capacity to drive your friends down to the neighborhood pub.
If you were jealous of the Ford Falcon before, the 2015 FPV GT F will leave you even more jealous than before.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 FPV GT F.
If you’re looking for a performance sedan, then you’re probably not looking for the most ostentatious sedan that you can get your hands on. Sure, there are the guys out there who are desperately searching for the finest golden rims to put on their brand new, fast-and-furious Subaru WRX STI , but not every guy wants to draw attention from as many onlookers as possible.
Some folks want to blend in as much as possible, while only drawing attention from the people who know that they are driving something that is special. In more basic forms, the Ford Falcon is just that kind of sedan. The FPV GT F, on the other hand, is not that kind of sedan. From the gaping mouth that is its front grille, to the black stripe that travels from the center of the hood to the trunklid, and the spoiler out back, it’s hard not to notice this version of the Falcon.
The Falcon is a handsome vehicle though, and even in its raciest trim, it’s still a very good looking car. America would be lucky to have it in any form.
As a nod to the original Ford Falcon GT and its 351-cubic-inch, V-8 engine, the FPV GT F features unique "351" badging, from the instrument dial faces to the seat stitching and embroidery.
The interior of a car like this is often the least of anyone’s worries. After all, it has a bigger engine, and it’s faster, so who gives a flying fornication about the interior? Surely the guys who care about speed don’t care about the fact that the interior is basically the same as the base model with the six-cylinder, right?
Lately, however, members of the automotive press have been getting onto manufacturers who don’t bother to update the cabin, even as the price of a particular trim level climbs to three or four times its original level. Ford has taken particular heat in the past for not updating the Mustang’s cabin enough between the base level vehicles and their more performance-oriented siblings.
Luckily, Ford promises improvements in the GT F’s cabin, claiming that there will be darker tones and more lustrous finishes. The instrument panel spears receive particular attention, as they will apparently have a completely new look when compared to previous models.
The FPV GT F is a performance model, and as such, the drivetrain is pretty much all that anybody cares about. As the most powerful model in the Falcon lineup, the drivetrain is probably the only thing that anyone cares about.
To make things short, the engine is a 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. If that sounds like a lot to you, that’s because it is. If that doesn’t sound like very much, that’s because you’ve been reading too many forum posts about hypothetical matchups between the Veyron and the P1.
Because Ford of Australia loves its customers and wants to make Americans even more jealous, the FPV GT F’s engine has a function that will allow drivers to access up to 15% more power, assuming that driving conditions permit it. It won’t be available in first gear, and it won’t be available below 4000 rpm, but it will exist and be very real.
The rear suspension also comes with rear camber bolt adjustment, which should allow owners to tune their suspensions for either the road or the race track.
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Pricing is expected to start at $77,900 in Australian dollars ($73,271 USD as of 6/12/2014), but if there’s one thing that we know, it’s that international pricing doesn’t translate well across the ocean. Considering that the Ford Focus ST begins right around $38,290 in Australian dollars, and the Ford Focus ST has a starting MSRP of $23,700 in the U.S., the price of the FPV GT F in American dollars would likely be somewhere around $50,000. Hypothetically speaking, of course — Ford would ever pull a Chevy SS and import the FPV GT F to the States.
Currently, there isn’t much competition for the FPV GT F. In Australia, there’s really only one competitor for the Falcon, and it’s the Holden Commodore . The Commodore SS V makes about 430 horsepower, which is significantly less than the GT F’s 470 horsepower. Both vehicles are extreme, but choosing between the two is really a matter of personal preference.
If you’re a Holden person, then the FPV GT F won’t be any good, even with the extra horsepower, and you can only hope that Holden comes out with a more powerful competitor. If you’re a Ford person, however, then the Holden never even crossed your mind.
If you’re a car guy, then you love V-8 and rear-wheel drive. You might not necessarily love sedans, but you’d be a liar if you said that you didn’t wish that the Falcon was available in America instead of the Fusion. The FPV GT F will likely be the last Falcon produced in Australia, so it’s fitting that it’s the most powerful and likely the best. 470 horsepower is nothing to turn your nose up at, and to make things even better, the Falcon is already quite an attractive sedan. Even if you’re a Holden fan, you can’t help but admit that having the Falcon in America could only be a good thing, especially if it were the FPV GT F.
- Plenty of horsepower
- Tunable suspension
- Fairly affordable
- Only available in Australia
- Not sold in the United States
Gallery Ford FPV GT F
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.