Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
As others have said, the rims shown on the blue GT-P ar the Optional 18's for the Ford XR range - they are a $1500 option from Ford when you order the car. The 5th alloy for the spare will cost you $380 at the time of order (and much, much more afterwards).
I know this for a fact, as they are optioned on my XR6 (though much to my regret and SM's amusement I neglected to order the spare).
Also as stated above, the reason the correct GT-P rims were not shown on the early press and display cars is the simple fact that Ford had to get a supply of them before they could put them on cars. There was an alloy whell shortage that effected many Ford & Holden alloys earlier in the year, and they were delayed by this.
Another interesting point is that the 18" option has been removed from the configuration page on the Ford website - it was there, and and dealer rep who has a brain or is serious about your business will know about them.
To buy them aftermarket - Wheel King in Sydney quoted me $3680 with tyres for a set of 4 when I called them last monday - to further amuse SM, they will NOT sell me a single rim, as "they only get them in sets of 4" which I take to mean they are buying up all the 18" rims people are replacing with aftermarket, as if they were coming from a manufacturer, surely you could get 1 rim only if you wanted. Am I correct in thinking these would be second hand wheels, or have I misunderstood what he said???
Hope this clears up a few of the points you mentioned.
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
Co Founder: 3FB Inc.
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