While I don't know for sure, I suspect Ford is listening to people like you redwards, Ford knows that (despite all they have now) it needs a true flagship, that can beat (or at least match) the GTS. It might not even be called GTHO (I honestly don't care what they call it), but it will be a GTHO in spirit, and be a true icon car for Ford.
I don't think we have to really talk Ford into the idea. We just have to be patient.
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Originally posted by Funkypig While I don't know for sure, I suspect Ford is listening to people like you redwards, Ford knows that (despite all they have now) it needs a true flagship, that can beat (or at least match) the GTS.
IMO it needs to stand head and shoulders above GTS, more like HRT427 (but with 4 doors). If Holden/HSV can pre-sell 250 HRT427s @ $215,000 then Ford should be able to pre-sell at least as many GTHOs at a similar price.
Speaking of HRT427...how come Joshua Dowling (drivel.com.au) hasn't been telling everyone that Holden are irresponsible by making a car that is so powerful?
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.
I agree completely with funkypig - patience is key thing here...
Has anyone thought of the politcal angle on the GTHO thing?
Theories/rumours (which i know are just theories and rumours) suggest that HO will get Ford GT engine - supercharged 5.4, 500hp etc etc. Regular production of this car doesn't begin until 2004, and if Ford Oz want to use it, I dare say Ford US will make us wait whether ford oz decide to build it here or import it from US, so as not to steal GTs thunder as Ford's performance flagship. OK we know FPV have the resources to develop their own engine, but why would they spend that sort of money when they have one in the ford empire already?
Also, Ford Oz are known to be working on composite material panels in an attempt to shed kilos from Falcon. I doubt we'll see HO before these are ready...
So here's a prediction for thought...
Supercharged 5.4 and 6 speed manual from Ford GT.
Composite bonnet, doors, bootlid.
Mid to late 2004 release.
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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