The news may have Ford planning to end its vehicle manufacturing in Australia by 2016, but until then expect the raucous bits to keep coming, like the new GT RSPEC Limited Edition Series.

It’s the most hardcore Falcon GT ever from the good folk at Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV). Developed to deliver racetrack-inspired handling to FPV’s enthusiast customers, the GT RSPEC features a significantly recalibrated suspension package, new wider rear wheels with 275/35 R19 Dunlop Sports Maxx tyres and, in an FPV first, Launch Control.

Visually, the GT RSPEC is reminiscent of the famous 1969 Boss Mustang. The Mustang’s famous C-stripe is replicated here, except with a ‘335’ identifier in the stripe. At the back, there’s a badge to denote the model.

Elsewhere, the car gets an accent package including the lower and upper grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels, mirrors scalps, high performance spoiler with GT decal, and black painted exhaust tips. Under the bonnet, there’s the familiar sight of the all-aluminium ‘Miami’ BOSS 335 5.0 litre supercharged engine and its 449 horses, with almost all the work being centered on handling improvements.

The rear suspension of the GT RSPEC contains higher spring rates, retuned dampers, larger anti-roll bar, and reinforced rear lower control arms, while the front suspension has stiffer upper control arm bushes, stiffer front upper suspension strut mounts, and retuned dampers.

Cornering grip has been improved, as well as that of traction during launch and when exiting corners. A revised toe setting on the rear wheel alignment also gives improved turn-in response. Meanwhile, stiffer transmission mounts on the car reduce powertrain and driveline movement under load, and improves ride quality.

Inside, Shadow leather sports seats with GT logo embroidery are complemented by a piano black finish around the ICC unit, tissue box and door spears.

The FPV GT RSPEC is limited to a run of just 350 units, and while four colour combinations are available, 175 of the cars will wear the ‘hero’ colour scheme of Silhouette (black) with Vixen (red) accents.

All other FPV GT options will continue to be available on the GT RSPEC series, including Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes as well as a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift, the latter being a no-cost option as a switch from the standard manual gearbox.