Brace yourselves, Australia: it seems Ford may unleash even more thunder down under. The eager spies at Motor Trend managed to catch what appears to be a new performance version of the automaker’s Australian Falcon GT model, possibly prepared by the Ford Performance Vehicles division.
The stats on a stock Falcon GT are already fairly impressive, particularly if you’re into brawny, rear-wheel-drive sedans. Power comes courtesy of a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, which cranks out a solid 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Sources, however, suggest the car you see here -- reportedly called the GT-H -- will be even more impressive. Don’t expect a new engine, or even a bump in displacement. Instead, FPV is rumored to be fitting twin intercoolers, improving the efficiency of the forced induction system. Power could then jump into the neighborhood of 470 to 500 horsepower. It’s suggested that the gaping holes in the front fascia -- areas where fog lamps are traditionally installed -- allow the intercoolers to intake air.
We wouldn’t be surprised if FPV has a number of performance-tuned improvements in store for the GT-H. If anything like the existing GT-P model, the new car could receive retuned suspension geometry, along with an upgraded Brembo brake system, complete with six-piston front calipers.
According to the photographers, we should learn more about this car when it makes its debut at the Melbourne motor show -- but until then, you can scope the entire collection of spy shots over at MT.
Source: Motor Trend