Those blue oval folk disheartened with Ford New Zealand's decision not to bring in the FPV GT R-Spec will be pleased to hear that the company has ripped up the handbrake and executed a perfect about-turn.

Eleven of the new mid-range FPVs are on their way to New Zealand, and local dealers snapped up the cars in a matter of minutes.

Pricing is yet to be announced, but it is expected to be around the same place in the range that the model will - between the GT and high-spec GT-P and GT-E versions.

It gets no more power than existing 335kW models sold in New Zealand, but scores launch control and a much-needed suspension upgrade, including new springs, retuned shocks, bigger control arms and a thicker anti-roll bar.


The front end also gets modified dampers and improved upper strut mounts and control arm bushes, which will probably reduce front-end bounce.

Ford is also contemplating bringing in the baby version of its Kuga, called EcoSport.