Ford Australia will be introducing a limited-edition version of the four-door Falcon GT Boss 335 saloon, the fastest-accelerating car that it has ever created. According to various Australian media groups, this vehicle will be given different chassis-based performance improvements. The new super-saloon is internally known to bear the codename Panther, coined by Ford Performance Vehicles division.
It is powered by the supercharged 5.0-litre V8, which also powers the standard Falcon GT Boss 335 (a locally developed version of the Ford Mustang’s 90-degree Coyote unit with distinctive cylinder heads and which had been renamed Miami).
It produces 449bhp at 5750rpm and 420lb ft of torque at 2200rpm, according to Autocar. Power is distributed via a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, which is also used on the Mustang GT500 and Corvette ZR1, to the rear wheels through a 3.73:1 final drive. It’s likely that buyers could request that this new car should get a six-speed automatic gearbox from ZF going on a 2.73:1 final drive.
Ford claims that the 1705kg Falcon GT Boss 335, when equipped with the standard six-speed manual unit, could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.7sec and hit a top speed that’s limited to 155mph.
This puts it in the same performance category as the more famous Audi RS6, BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG saloons. The Panther has improved off-the-line traction due to a new 19-inch wheel package and tires that are wider than the 245/35 of the standard car as well as from the subtle changes to the tuning of the suspension and stability control systems. As a result, the Panther can outperform the Falcon GT Boss 335 when it comes to the acceleration figures.