The famous Falcon GT badge will be killed off next year when Ford shuts down its go-fast arm, Ford Performance Vehicles.
But the carmaker has attempted to soften the blow somewhat by resurrecting the Falcon XR8 – if only temporarily.
The XR8 will be sold alongside existing XR6 and XR6 Turbo models when the updated final Falcon and Territory range appears late in 2014, two years before Ford ends vehicle manufacturing in Melbourne.
Ford says it will ensure that the last of the FPV models next year will salute the brand’s iconic status.
“We appreciate all of the great team members, dealers, customers and fans who have supported FPV through its history,” said Ford NZ managing director, Corey Holter.
“FPV has been very successful for the last 12 years and our relationship with Tickford for many years before that.
“We look forward to sharing further details of the final FPV models and the new XR8 over the coming months.”
The Falcon XR8 was dropped in 2010 when its 5.4-litre V8 engine failed to meet strict new emission standards across the Tasman.
The new XR8 variant will be powered by the same 335kW/570Nm supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine that is used in the current FPV GT.
The new car will certainly be cheaper than the FPV GT, priced on the Ford NZ website from $88,340.
The FPV arm began business early last decade, taking over from Ford Tickford Engineering.
Britain’s Tickford had been tweaking Falcons for Ford since the early 1990s, including limited editions carrying the GT badge.
But the GT nameplate – first seen in the late 1960s – returned in a big way with FPV.
The GT isn’t the only iconic Falcon badge that will be missed. Ford has confirmed that the GT-HO moniker won’t appear again.