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Old 10-20-2003, 05:33   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

I was flicking through the latest issue of Motor today, with the filthy Green Holden monster on the cover. After cleaning up the vomit off my trousers, I saw towards the front 2 separate Ford bits about the FPV T6 and the GTHO. According to Motor and I may be wrong, the GTHO is not even registered on the Ford radar, doesn't even have a business plan. Now as much as I'd like to disbelieve this, it really seems very Ford-like for them to not have even preconceived it. It makes me sad to htink there isn't even a business plan for the GTHO meaning it'll be out mid Series II - aka in 2005 if we're lucky.

As for the T6 they say it's coming and FPV has signed off on a 280kw engine, it's ready to go but they're waiting for the SMS next year to unveil it along with Series II Falcon. Grrrrrr. Gearbox issues they say. Could that mean ZF Auto and finally the GT's tranny? Hope so.

Some disheartening news otherwise. Gotta wait for a T6 that is in all respects ready to go... and the GTHO which isn't even thought about. I just wish Ford had it literally sitting there ready to shock even Motor mag but somehow... I don't htink so. Shame. Just hope they can not drop behind Holden too far again otherwise it'll make a hard case for the eventual GTHO. God by then Holden will be running the Gen IV AWD 400kw Commodore Executive family car stock with an auto....
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Old 10-20-2003, 16:33   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

Perhaps instead of continually delaying a series of non-confirmed performance models in the name of "cross promotion", they should just drop the whole idea and be done with it, and focus on simply selling more vehicles in general.

After all, as it keeps being said on the forums in every Territory thread, Ford is a company and their primary purpose is to make money. They have no obligation to build anything special or exciting - only to build things that will sell.

The SMS stand is the best example yet of this attitude. Clearly, now would be the time to stop thinking about Ford Aus like a fan, and to start thinking about them like an impartial consumer - then and only then will I not be disappointed.
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Old 10-20-2003, 16:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

Don't believe everything you read Zetec....I don't really see how Motor would know if Ford had a business plan for the GTHO or not. I know they are planning for it, but at the moment are more focussed on getting back some money. With production at capacity at the moment how are they expected to chuck a GTHO on the production line. I think Motor have lost credibility..so I don't really believe anything they write.
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Old 10-20-2003, 17:09   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

The black Jaguar XJS that did 280kmh in the top speed test absolutely flies. I was at Sandown once when it was there and from memory it was doing low 1:20's (maybe quicker).

There was an article in a Jaguar magazine saying that its V12 had come from a 80's Le Mans car.

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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

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I know they are planning for it, but at the moment are more focussed on getting back some money.
I was under the impression the GTHO rumour was being pushed by fans wanting its return since the re-introduction of the GT nameplate. And Ford are taking the free press by not confirming or denying the exisitence of such a project.

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I have no doubt we will do a GT-HO some day, but for the moment we are working on other things. We can't do everything at once so you will just have to be patient . As we sit now ,we are not working on a GT-HO progam and with so many other programs in play it is unlikely we will get there for some time.

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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

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I saw towards the front 2 separate Ford bits about the FPV T6 and the GTHO. According to Motor and I may be wrong, the GTHO is not even registered on the Ford radar, doesn't even have a business plan. Now as much as I'd like to disbelieve this, it really seems very Ford-like for them to not have even preconceived it. It makes me sad to htink there isn't even a business plan for the GTHO meaning it'll be out mid Series II - aka in 2005 if we're lucky.

As for the T6 they say it's coming and FPV has signed off on a 280kw engine, it's ready to go but they're waiting for the SMS next year to unveil it along with Series II Falcon. Grrrrrr. Gearbox issues they say. Could that mean ZF Auto and finally the GT's tranny? Hope so.
I think you will not see the FPV T6 along side BAII. My impression is that BAII will be out for Melbourne Motor Show (maybe a month later). Interestingly Melbourne Motor Show is currently not scheduled according to the web site : http://www.mecc.com.au/html/custom/1...lic-events.asp

But anyway... My guess on timelines is thus:
Feb 2004 = BA II Falcon, Fairmont, utes and XR's (I6 = 182kW, 3v V8 = 220kW
April 2004 = Territory
July 2004 = Fiesta
September 2004 = FPV Series II (including new models)
+ FPV T6 = 280kW
+ GT/P = 320kW
+ Pursuit = 320kW (maybe)
+ Territory = 240/250kW (maybe)

There will be no HO in 2004. I'd be looking towards Falcon re-design in 2005/6 with FPV updates.
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

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I was under the impression the GTHO rumour was being pushed by fans wanting its return since the re-introduction of the GT nameplate. And Ford are taking the free press by not confirming or denying the exisitence of such a project.
I was told by someone at FPV that there would be a GTHO sometime (hence me saying it is planned)...so I am believing him. He may just be fueling the fire though.

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But anyway... My guess on timelines is thus:
Feb 2004 = BA II Falcon, Fairmont, utes and XR's (I6 = 182kW, 3v V8 = 220kW
April 2004 = Territory
July 2004 = Fiesta
September 2004 = FPV Series II (including new models)
+ FPV T6 = 280kW
+ GT/P = 320kW
+ Pursuit = 320kW (maybe)
+ Territory = 240/250kW (maybe)

There will be no HO in 2004. I'd be looking towards Falcon re-design in 2005/6 with FPV updates.
I was under the impression BA II would be September when the FPV range will be done (pretty sure FPV will be late 2004)

Territory will probably be a little later...maybe May

I think Fiesta will be before Territory...possibly February or March
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

BA2 will be released at the Sydney Motor show next year - so Oct 2004
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Re: Anyone read the latest issue of Motor?

Just because Motor says they don't have a business plan for the GTHO doesn't mean they aren't doing development work on it. Why would they tell Motor if they did anyway. That sort of information is supposed to be secret.
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Old 10-21-2003, 03:47   #10 (permalink)
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yeah i know but keeping it so secret by actually saying you're not doing a thing just keeps the enthusiasts pissed off. think of the number of guys who want a killer car and buy a GTS instead of the GTHO in the next 6 months if Ford keeps saying there won't be one. At least saying it's being developed but still saying not for another 2 years gives people more willingness to wait rather than buying the GTS. Personally yes I'd buy the GT-P but it's the principle of having Australia's meanest V8 beast which GTS has owned for years.

Then suddenly Ford springs one, everyone's happy but there's a few disgruntled new GTS and other car owners who wanted the GTHO and thought "nah I've got years". At least saying it's coming when we all know that it is even if in 3 years... gives people hope. Ford needs every dollar it can get it's hands on...

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