FPV launches first-ever supercharged GT
Not everyone is turning to electric vehicles, and we are pretty psyched about it. Ford Performance Vehicles Australia is stepping it up a bit by putting together their very first supercharged V8-engined GT in their history. This sports car is being rocked by a new 5.0 liter V8 engine and a custom Eaton supercharger that will be offered in all GT, GT-P, and GT E models.
Fitted with an all-aluminum design with double overhead cams and 32 valves configuration, the new V8 engine can deliver 450 HP and 570Nm of torque. This translates into a pretty good slap in the face for the recently unveiled HSV E-Series 3 whose engine line tops out at 442hp. Looks like they are getting some competition now. And as an added bonus, FPV’s new V8 engine will be individually hand-built for each car and will be more powerful, more fuel efficient, and cleaner than the previous 5.4-liter engine.
Next to the new engine, the GT gets 19in five-spoke alloys with a machined face and Dark Argent accents. The GT-P gets 19in five-spoke alloys with a machined face and Sparkle Silver accents and the GT E gets 19in 10-spoke alloys finished in Alpine Silver. The GT and GT-P will be available in 11 colors matched with a three stripe combination and the GT E has eight exterior colors with two interior trim combinations.
For being the very first GT supplied by Australia’s Ford, the new GT is not half bad. We are curious to see what the next generation will bring.
Press release after the jump.
Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today launched the first supercharged V8-engined GT in the 43-year history of Australia’s most iconic performance nameplate.
FPV’s high-tech, all-new, supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine produces 335kW of power and 570Nm of torque, and is standard fitment across the GT, GT-P and GT E models.
It is the most powerful GT in the history of Ford’s most famous Australian-made model.
To visually mark the arrival of FPV’s new supercharged engine, the sporty new GT and GT-P feature distinctive new body graphics, including a ’hockey stick’ stripe package and "Boss 335" identification, reminiscent of the famous 1970 Boss Mustang.
The luxury GT E model retains its low-profile demeanour sans stripes.
"FPV is extremely proud of our new GT range, and very excited about what we have created," FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said.
"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.
"FPV’s customers certainly won’t be disappointed by the performance of the new GT range, or in the way the cars drive, and 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, I think, will write an exciting new chapter in the model’s history."
Developed locally by Prodrive in a $40 million program, the new FPV GT engine is based on the ’Coyote’ Ford V8 first introduced in the American Ford Mustang earlier this year.
It’s a sophisticated all-aluminium design with double overhead cams and 32 valves configuration, is individually hand-built for each car, fully EuroIV compliant and offers improved fuel efficiency.
The supercharged V8’s compact size - 47kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4 litre Boss 315kW engine - offers packaging benefits which enhance the handling performance of FPV’s new GT range.
"FPV’s GT range now offers a whole new drive experience," Rod Barrett said.
"Thanks to the most modern engine ever offered in an FPV, all three GTs now provide tremendous, previously unheard of performance but do so in the smoothest, most responsive manner possible.
"They feature a brilliant engine, and thanks to a huge amount of work, make exactly the right noise too.
"At the same time, the GTs’ handling has benefitted the lighter engine so turn-in response is sharper, and the whole car is more nicely balanced. The ride is also improved because we’ve be able to more finely tune the suspension front-to-back."
A feature of the new GT, GT-P and GT E models is a quad-pipe bi-modal exhaust system which enhances both performance and the all-important exhaust note of the new cars.
Together with the new bodyside stripe, the GT and GT-P models get matching bonnet and rear wing graphics, and increased FPV identification via badging on the steering wheel, instrument cluster and key fob. There’s also a new-design build badge.
This increased FPV branding is also featured on the GT E model.
Adding that final touch, all three GT models have new wheels as standard equipment.
The GT gets 19in five-spoke alloys with a machined face and Dark Argent accents, the GT-P gets 19in five-spoke alloys with a machined face and Sparkle Silver accents, and the GT E gets 19in 10-spoke alloys finished in Alpine Silver.
Available in 11 colour and three stripe combinations the GT and GT-P have the choice of three interior trim colours, while the GT E has eight exterior colours and two interior trim combinations.