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FPV GT-P sedan

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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.

Ver­dict

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.

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