The rims on the blueprint GT-P are the factory option 18" rim available on XR6 and XR8 vehicles. They were on most of the early GT's because of a problem with the supply of the rims now on the Orange GT-P. You can buy thm from your ford dealer or wheelking.com.au, not sure on price.
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if you havent noticed, all of the early tests of the GT and GT-P have these 'XR only optional 18" wheels on them...i heard that they did it because they didnt want to show the public the proper rims just yet
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.
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The 18's used to appear on the website up until a few weeks ago. l think they are still available as an option though.
Jimboss, when l visited FPV the 18" XR, GT and GT-P mags are all fitted at the same spot at the factory. Whether they will put the XR 18's on for you is a another matter. l doubt they will but l bet your dealer wont have a problem finding a customer willing to do a swap!
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