The converter significantly reduced the power output of the engines due to increased exhaust back pressure. In response, Ford changed the base engine on all Torinos to the 351-2V engine; along with this change, the Cruise-O-Matic transmission became standard. No manual transmissions were available. The interior on the Fairlane/Torino was all new for 1968. A new dashboard featured four equally sized round pods centred around the steering wheel. Competition suspension, only available in two-door models, included the most heavy-duty springs and shocks, heavy duty rear upper control arms and bushings, a larger front sway bar, and the addition of a rear sway bar. However, the limited-edition factory replica Torino will likely be a valuable investment due to the series having a longtime cult following. The lack of popularity and the low numbers of Torinos in existence today is likely due to the Torino’s durability issues that caused low survivability.
Motor Trend stated the «road isolation and vibrational dampening is superb» in its test of a 1972 Gran Torino Brougham 4-door. Ford offered two suspension options, the heavy-duty and competition suspension. The tide had turned against performance cars especially since the Oil Crisis in the fall of 1973. Accordingly, 1974 was the last year for the 351 CJ and four-speed transmission. This was followed by the top level «Torino» series, which consisted of a 2-door hardtop, a 4-door sedan, and the Squire station wagon that featured wood grained applique. This was the first year that a rear sway bar was offered in the Torino and was only available with competition and police suspension options.
Most Torinos were conventional cars, and generally the most popular models were the 4-door sedans and 2-door hardtops. The rear featured a full width bumper that incorporated thin rectangular tail lights into each bumper end. Ford offered a trailering towing package for all Torinos that would allow Torino to have a Class II tow rating (3,500 lb (1,588 kg)). This package included heavy-duty suspension, heavy-duty battery and alternator, extra cooling package, and power front disc brakes. The new chassis was a perimeter design that was used to help give the Torino a quieter and more isolated ride. It featured an energy absorbing «S» shaped front end, torque boxes to isolate road shock, fourteen rubber body mounts and five solid cross members.