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by Tim Beissmann

Ford Performance Vehicles has listened to the fans at last month’s 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne and has this morning confirmed a limited production run of the FPV GT Black.

 

Just 125 of the local performance brand’s most exclusive vehicle ever will be produced, and FPV general manager, Rod Barrett, said fans of the car would need to move fast.

“With only 125 units available, we urge interested buyers to act quickly, with a number of vehicles already pre-sold,” Mr Barrett said.

Unfortunately, the production model misses out on a number of the Black Concept’s hottest features. The showroom car will not get the Concept’s track-tuned suspension, performance brake package, wider 19-inch alloy wheels or the sleek styling revisions to the front bumper.

FPV spokeswoman Vicky De George told CarAdvice those enhancements may be offered by FPV further down the track, but admitted the quick turnaround time to introduce the production model was the reason the features had not been included.

“It doesn’t mean it won’t happen, just not on this model,” Ms De George said.

Mr Barrett said FPV was “totally blown away” by the positive feedback the FPV Black Concept earned from fans and show-goers at the beginning of July.

“We knew we had a winner with the black paintwork and we wanted to action something immediately,” he said. “The public spoke and we listened and I am just thrilled we have been able to put the GT Black into production so quickly.

“All the feedback received has been collated and the results present exciting possibilities for the FPV brand in the future.

“The GT Black is the beginning of some exciting times ahead as we continue to work on new product and design enhancements to reflect the needs and wants of the market.”

 

Naturally, the GT Black is available in only one colour. The limited edition scores a unique matt black stripe package, black upper and lower grilles and black fog lamp bezels. The front bumper is all black with black ‘eye patches’ while the rear bumper and diffuser get the same treatment.

The bi-modal quad exhaust system is finished with black exhaust tips, while the 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior enhancements.

Inside, the FPV GT Black sports shadow leather upholstery, piano black surface finishes and a reverse parking camera.

Each car gets a unique build badge and owners will be presented with a certificate of authenticity upon delivery.

The 335kW/570Nm 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in the Black is unchanged from the rest of the GT range.

The 2011 FPV GT Black limited edition will be priced from $74,290 – a $3000 price premium over the standard FPV GT sedan.

Interestingly, it appears the FPV GT Black was never in doubt for a production run.

In the fine print of a brochure for the vehicle, which can be downloaded from FPV’s public website, it states the document was printed in June 2011 – a month before the FPV Concept appeared at the Australian International Motor Show.