Muscled-up Miami lifts performance
FPV has pulled ahead of its arch-rival with a new V8, writes Craig Duff
ASUPERCHARGED 5.0-litre V8 has put Ford Performance Vehicles back on top of the local muscle-car heap — at least on paper — with the promise of more to come.
The ‘‘ Miami’’ engine is more powerful and fuel-efficient than archrival HSV’s grunty-but-ageing 6.2-litre. In top-spec V2G guise, which will be fitted to FPV GT models, it’s good for 335kW and 570Nm. That compares with 325kW and 550Nm in the HSV GTS.
Combined with a 47kg cut in engine weight and peak torque from only 2000 revs, that should give the performance Falcon a straight-line advantage.
The downside for Ford fans is only trainspotters will pick the new cars when they launch next month. All of the $40 million spent by FPV’s jointventure owners, Prodrive and Ford, has been invested in the powertrain. Even more worrying for Holden will be that the engine destined for FPV’s base GS model will put out 315kW/ 545Nm and the car will be priced in the ‘‘mid-$50,000s’’, putting it on a pricing par with a regular SS-V and well under the HSV GXP’s $61,900.
Prodrive managing director Bryan Mears says: ‘‘Just because we’ve got the greatest engine in Australia doesn’t mean we’ve got the greatest price point.’’
Mears says the engine has also attracted interest from the US and hopes to export the supercharged mill back to Detroit for use in highperformance vehicles.
The FPV engines are based on the US-built ‘‘ Coyote’’ V8. Major inhouse modifications mean it uses 35-40 per cent locally developed components, including Harrop Engineer- ing’s latest Eaton TVS supercharger. Internally the engine is known as Miami, but it will be sold with ‘‘Boss’’ badging to maintain a marketing link with the outgoing 5.4-litre engine.
Prodrive’s powertrain and chassis head Bernie Quinn says the Euro 4-compliant engine has ‘‘futuring potential’’ and hints there is plenty of performance in reserve.
‘‘There’s more if we need it, but . . . power numbers are not the be-all and end-all of this engine,’’ he says.
‘‘What we wanted was low-down torque. Once every couple of months you might get to 6000 revs in second gear, but every day you get in the car, you’ll feel the torque at 2000 revs. Every time you get in the car and feel that you’ll know you’re driving a high-performance engine.’’
FPV quotes fuel use of 13.6 litres/ 100km for the manual sedan and 13.7 litres/100km for the auto with either engine.
No one is giving performance figures, though Quinn admits: ‘‘If you want consistency, the auto’s quicker.’’