Mus­cled-up Mi­ami lifts per­for­mance

FPV has pulled ahead of its arch-ri­val with a new V8, writes Craig Duff

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.’’

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