Out in Australia, Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has released a limited edition GT RSPEC model, focused on track performance for its sporty sedan.
The track-focused GT RSPEC gets a launch control function (for the first time), along with suspension modifications. Oddly enough though, FPV doesn’t increase the performance of the engine or give the GT beefier brakes. The RSPEC will be priced from $76,990 Australian dollars, with just 350 in production and will sport a paint and stripe package reminiscent of classic Mustangs from the 1960s.
The RSPEC is supposed to slot in between the top-of-the-line GT-P/GT-E models and the GT, which is priced at $70,790. The luxury flagship GT-P and GT-E models start at $82,090 and $82,490 respectively. Powering the sedan is a supercharged 5.0-liter Boss 335 powerplant with 449-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed ZF automatic box.
As for the new launch system found in the GT RSPEC, it helps optimize torque delivery for “smooth, consistent launch on typical road surfaces,” according to Bernie Quinn, chief engineer of Prodrive Australia, parent company of FPV. Rear suspension changes include higher spring rates retuned dampers, upgraded lower control arms, and a thicker sway bar. The front of the GT RSPEC gets modified dampers, stiffer upper control arm bushes, and upper strut mounts.
“From the outset with the GT RSPEC, we wanted more agile handling with better traction, and so the suspension had to be considered holistically, unlike the aftermarket, where you might bolt on a set of wider tyres and hope for the best,” said Quinn.
Half of the 350 vehicles will be done in the black with red accent (pictured above) color scheme, while the remaining 175 will be either red, white, or blue, with black accents. According to FPV, the GT RSPEC is the “finest-handling GT” in history.