Saturday, August 13, 2011

Remember the murdered-out GT Black Edition concept revealed by Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) at the Australian International Auto Show in Melbourne back in June?
Well, responding to what the company describes as overwhelming customer feedback, Ford Australia's in-house tuning division has decided to give the green light for a limited production run of the GT Black Edition.
"We were totally blown away by the positive feedback received from fans and show-goers on our Concept," said FPV General Manager, Rod Barrett.
"We knew we had a winner with the black paintwork and we wanted to action something immediately. The public spoke and we listened and I am just thrilled we have been able to put the GT BLACK into production so quickly," Barett added.
The Black Edition is based on FPV's GT model, itself a high-performance version of the rear-wheel drove Ford Falcon sedan powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged Boss V8 delivering 449-horses (335kW) and 570Nm (420.4 lb-ft) of peak torque.
The special treatment starts with Silhouette black paintwork on the body enhanced with matt black stripe decals on the bonnet, rear wing and bodysides.
The black paint treatment continues with the fog lamp bezels, the exhaust tips, and the new five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black with black wheel nuts.
The same color theme continues inside with black leather trim throughout, a black finish around the Interior Command Centre (ICC) unit, tissue box and door spears, and a unique black gear shift badge on manual transmission models. Each vehicle will also feature its own unique build badge and certificate of authenticity.
While the concepts study also featured certain performance modifications such as the upgraded suspension and braking system components, FPV did not pass these changes onto the production model.
FPV said it will build 125 examples of the GT Black, each priced at AU$74,290 (US$77,675 at the current exchange rates).


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