FORD BUILDS FASTEST-EVER FALCON GT
Forget turbocharged fours - Ford is still forging ahead with V8 brutes. But the writing's on the wall...
Falcon 'Boss 335'. It will, however, prove more rapid, as it's expected to get wider rear tyres and tweaked suspension.
Ford doesn't 'do' official acceleration claims Down Under, but we think you'd be looking at a 0-62mph sprint of less than five seconds.
But whatever the details of the new car it's nice to see that Ford, like its Aussie rival Holden, is still sticking with V8 power, despite diminutive triples like that in the new 1.0-litre Ford Focus and eco-friendly hot hatches such as the VW Polo Blue GT making the headlines.
Australian car site Drive, Ford's European boss of petrol engines said: "The death of the V8 has been over-publicised in the past but it could almost be on its last hurrah now. I think it (V8) will be a niche.
"I can't see manufacturers investing in new V8 designs with the scales of sales that are available. We will see evolution of existing ones possibly, but there will be very few new engines in the market."