Ford's decision to close their manufacturing facilities in Australia will result in the untimely death of Ford Performance Vehicles sometime next year.

Ford's decision to close their manufacturing facilities in Australia will result in the untimely death of Ford Performance Vehicles sometime next year.

Drive says the recently acquired brand will be axed when the final iteration of the Falcon is launched in 2014. To fill the FPV-sized gap, Ford will reportedly offer a Falcon XR8 with a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes and a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that develops 455 HP (335 kW). In essence, the model will mirror the outgoing Falcon GT but eschew the unique styling details to reduce costs.

The publication is also reporting Ford's Australian lineup will likely include the Taurus, Explorer and next-generation Mustang. The Taurus is expected to replace the Falcon, while the Explorer will likely fill in for the Territory.

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