FPV GT-P sedan
Price: from $81,540. Welike: supercharged V8 outputs and soundtrack, ride/ handling balance, Brembo brakes. Wedon’t like: low-set wheel and high-set seat, no satnav, fiddly trip computer switches, small fuel tank, supercharger boost gauge. Engine: five-litre 32-valve supercharged all-alloy V8. Transmission: six-speed manual, limited slip diff, rear-wheel drive. Power: 335kW@ 5750rpm. Torque: 570Nm between 2200 and 5500rpm. Performance: 0-100km/h 4.9 seconds. Fuel consumption: 13.6L/100km, on test 17L/100km. Emissions: 324g/km. Suspension: double wishbones (front); control blade (rear). Brakes: four-wheel ventilated and cross-drilled discs, six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. hill, fourth and fifth can be selected quite early, and just above idle is all that’s required to maintain forward momentum.
A blast along a favourite piece of tarmac soon shows a glimpse of what the GT-P is capable of doing. It dispatches with straights at a rapid rate, wipes off speed in short order using the solid Brembo stoppers, and turns confidently into corners.
Sometimes the GT-P chooses to remind you it’s a two-tonne machine, pushing the nose a little wide if you’ve really overdone it, but it’s coming out of a bend where some judicious use of the right foot is required.
The feel from behind the wheel suggests the claimed 0-100km/h time under five seconds is achievable.
Leaving the stability control on is the better option for public roads because a break in traction is very easy to achieve. A track day could easily chew out a set of rear tyres.
THE dollars laid out for supercharging the engine is money well spent and FPV has the firepower to take HSV on head to head, even if the more expensive GTS has more gizmos and gadgets.
The appeal of the supercharged V8 offsets some of the cabin quirks, and if you’re looking for an extroverted V8 muscle car then this should be on your shopping list . . . near the top.