Aussie Muscle: 2012 Falcon GT


Mad Max just got a whole lot madder. Any fans of GM’s Holden division look away now, as Ford of Australia has released the fastest Falcon GT to date.

The bitter rivalry between these two manufacturers has gone on for decades in Australia, and now the mighty 7-Liter, 500-horsepower Holden HSV W427 has a new contender; the FPV GT RSpec Ford Falcon.

Primarily known worldwide as the ‘Interceptor’ in the Mad Max movies, Ford has stepped up to the mark with its mean 2012 Falcon GT.

Despite its engine being two liters smaller than the gargantuan Holden plant, at 5.0L, it pumps out a massive 449hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The V8 Coyote engine and FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles) supercharger combined with a unique-to-Australia exhaust system creates what FPV call the “Miami.” So whilst the Miami offers the same power output as the Coyote, the suspension benefits from returned dampers, a larger rear anti-sway bar and higher spring rates, all designed to help this monster turn in better. The front also sees upgrades such as stiffer upper control arm bushes and strut mounts for enhanced wheel control.

The reason this particular Falcon GT is the fastest at accelerating is because its rear tires are 1.2” wider, ensuring the massive power and torque can be transferred to the ground more efficiently. The previous models were constantly criticised for not having sufficient ‘boots’. Perhaps giving the RSpec its biggest advantage under acceleration is its launch control, knocking a half second off the stock GT’s 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds. Unlike most cars fitted with launch control, the Falcon’s system is automatically enabled on start-up. No complicated turning of dials and flicking a series of switches at the red light.

So, whilst The Ford GT lacks 50hp over the Holden, it’s new suspension setup and electronic wizardry will make it one hard contender to defeat when the road turns twisty.

At around $76,000 in Australian dollars, you’ll still need to find a decent car loan company however this magnificent machine is nearly half the price of the AUD $150,000 Holden – considering the performance stats favor the Holden, I don’t think its price justifies it. In bang for-your-buck, I’d side with Mad Max and take the Ford Falcon GT any day.


How well do you know the Gen-6?


The Gen 6 (left) compared to the ‘Car Of Tomorrow’

So far this season the Gen-6 has proven to be extremely fast, with a handful of track records falling in its wake. Most feedback has been very encouraging. Fans have also praised the manufacturers’ designs in creating a car resembling their showroom counterparts – the Gen-5 all looked alike, regardless of manufacture.

So what were the guys with the pencils and rulers up to when the Gen-5 was due to be retired?

Along with hours spent on a rolling road in a wind tunnel, a new carbon fibre material was applied to the Gen-6’s body – this new stronger compound enabled a lighter and safer roof structure. The addition of rear spoiler ‘deck fin’ now helps with the car’s high-speed stability – this runs down the left side of the rear glass and isn’t at first apparent due to being constructed from clear polycarbonate.


The Gen-6’s dimensions also suggest speed was very much on the agenda. It not only weighs in 150 lbs lighter than the Gen-5 at 3,300 lbs, but it’s over 2 inches shorter and 3 inches wider.

Another modern technological advancement involves the addition of a new electronic fuel-injection system – this bit of kit requires software from NASCAR, which controls the rate of fuel spray. You try and meddle with this system and it shuts the engine down. To give fans something else to smile about, the driver’s surname is banded across the top of the windshield, along with an extended team’s sponsor along the side – this makes identity during the race that much easier.

So now records have been smashed and the initial teething pains soothed, what do you NASCAR fans think about its affect on racing now we’re well into the season?


1967 Ford Mustang Obsidian SG-One



N. A usually black or banded, hard volcanic glass that displays shiny, curved surfaces when fractured and is formed by the rapid cooling of lava.

Being one highly-strung machine, capable of releasing a 900-strong stampede of wild mustangs, “Obsidian Sg-One” has only covered 500 miles since it’s creation. Just check out that bulging hood, a custom made and duel purpose intake for cooling its superchargers and twin intercoolers. Its muscles come from custom-made side skirts and flared front and rear fenders. “Obsidian One’s” heart consists of a fuel-injected 392 Cubic Inch V-8, with twin Rotex superchargers. Adding to its menacing looks, California Mustang smoke-tinted glass has been fitted, and finishing touches such as its L.E.D. sequential tail lights, a functional rear diffuser, and its gorgeous Front Couper GT wheels make this a one-off classic any collector would kill to have in their garage.



Engine: Obsidian 6.4L (392 Cubic inch) V-8, twin Rotex

Supercharged/Intercooled with programmable fuel injection

Horsepower: 900HP (with 1,000HP+ obtainable with tuning)

Torque: 750 lbs. ft.

0-60MPH: 4 Seconds

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Weight: Approx 1,364 KGs (3,000 lbs)

Wheels: 18? x 8.5? Front & 20? x 10? Rear CoupeR wheels /BF Goodrich KDW tyres