FPV’s supercharged V8 puts it back on top of the local power game, writes Stuart Martin
A supercharged V8 has finally put Ford Performance Vehicles back on top in the locally developed peformance power wars.
While Holden Special Vehicles left outputs untouched and added gadgets and goodies within to its latest E3 update, the arch rivals at FPV spent its cash on upping the ante under the bonnet, with a two-pronged supercharged V8 attack on its rivals.
The company’s first supercharged V8 puts the GT range back at the top of the FPV food chain — though some say it never abdicated its throne to the F6. But until now FPV’s turbo six has had its advantages over the V8.
FPV general manager Rod Barrett says the blown V8 will bring people back to the breed.
‘‘It’s about 40 per cent turbo six and 60 per cent V8, but this could take us back to 30 per cent six and 70 per cent V8,’’ he says. ‘‘This car I think will bring people back. It’s way ahead of its time for Australian performance cars.
‘‘The new engine is amazing, its all-round performance frankly sets a benchmark for Australian-made cars, and the exciting thing is that it has been developed here, for our cars. They have real presence with the new graphics package— we’ve created cars that fully deserve to be part of the Falcon GT heritage and will write an exciting new chapter in the model’s history.’’
The ute kicks off the GS range at $51,990 and the sedan is priced from $56,990 (both with nocost option autos), up from $49,950 and $54,950 respectively as a special edition.
The GT starts from $71,290 (up from $67,890), with a six-speed manual or a no-cost six-speed automatic— FPV says it’s a six per cent increase in power for a four per cent increase in price.
The GT-P has risen from $78,740 to be priced from $80,990 (with either manual or auto) and the auto-only GT E is $81,450, up from $79,740.
Anyone looking for extra features or equipment changes for the price rise will be disappointed, as the money has been spent in the engine bay, so the safety and features lists are unchanged over the outgoing models.
THE supercharged V8 might have its origins in the US but it was developed here by FPV parent company Prodrive for $40 million.
While it is based on the Mustang’s Coyote V8 — an all-aluminium double overhead cam 32-valve powerplant — there’s an Eaton supercharger that’s been massaged locally by Harrop with engine integration work in-house at FPV.
FPV says it is hand-assembled using plenty of local bits — but is 47kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4-litre V8.
The GS version produces 315kW and 545Nm — up from 302kW and 551Nm — but FPV says it is smoother, faster and more efficient than the outgoing 5.4-litre V8.
The GT variant now produces 335kW and 570Nm — increases of 20kW and 19Nm — and new supercharged V8 engines in the sedans exhale through a quad-pipe bi-modal exhaust system which FPV says enhances performance and the exhaust note.
Torque delivery for both engines mimics the plateau masquerading as a torque ‘‘curve’’ for the F6 Turbo — the supercharged V8s in either spec have peak torque on offer from around 2000 revs through to 5000 revs.
Prodrive Asia-Pacific managing director