FPV Super Pursuit FG 2008 Review

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I feel for the FPV Super Pursuit, I really do. It’s tough being an Australian living in New Zealand, especially as I’m now ‘the one with the strange eccent’. Also being the only Aussie ever to leave the sunny climes of Queensland for the wet and windy wilds of Auckland I share a deep sense of confusion with FPV’s newest ute as to its, and my purpose here.

With the Super Pursuit it’s not so much a sense of purpose that is lacking – with 315kW on tap from the 5.4 litre quad-cam V8 it has plenty of sporting pretension – more a sense of identity. The FPV features a leaf spring rear end which is great for carrying loads, but not conducive to sporty handling. This manifests itself in corners with the light rear end not inspiring confidence in the driver to push harder in what FPV refers to as a ‘sports coupe’. There is also axle tramp under hard acceleration which makes a smooth driving style the best option when starting away from traffic lights.

The scale of the FPV is the first thing that surprises – it is a big car. Out on the road you forget about the size of the Super Pursuit as it seems to shrink around you in the usual Ford way, making you feel like you’re part of the machinery as opposed to just a passenger. The only time you really notice its width is when you look behind you at the long tray with its bulging tonneau cover.

The ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet is amusing in both name and form. It does bring a smile to your face and gives you a strange feeling of enhanced masculinity when driving. It is very easy to be mesmerized by the bonnet bulge and the V8 noise emanating from beneath it which is not as loud and captivating as HSV offerings but still sounds like it means business.

The Super Pursuit is also not as loud as the HSV Maloo R8 in terms of exterior styling. The rear end look of the FPV lacks serious balls compared to the Maloo as the back of the FPV is so wide that the standard 245/35ZR19 rear wheels look puny and are inset into the wheel arches rather than sitting flush. A much wider tyre would give the Super Pursuit the cojones that the HSV carries.

The interior is functional and feels higher quality than in an HSV. The sport seats look inviting and do provide very good support, but weren’t that comfortable on a long drive – maybe I’m getting old. The ride is firm and feedback through the thick steering wheel is solid.

So with the Super Pursuit, FPV has tried to imbue it with the capability to be a town and country ute, just as capable of carting a dozen sheep as it is cruising for sheilas on a Friday night.

This combination caters to nouveau-riche builders and electricians who now regularly earn six-figure salaries in Australia. For those needing to cart a tool kit and light loads (it’ll carry just over half a tonne) and still look stylish, the Super Pursuit could be the ticket as it is just a bit cheaper than the Maloo and can carry heavier loads.

Price: from $72,990

What we like

  • ‘Power bulge’ bonnet
  • Revable V8
  • Interior quality

What we don’t like

  • Wimpy rear end styling
  • V8 not loud enough; road noise too loud
  • Seats not especially comfortable

ENGINE

Boss 315 – high performance
5.4 litre quad-cam 32 valve V8
Maximum power (DIN) – 315kW @ 6500rpm
Maximum torque (DIN) – 551Nm @ 4750rpm
Fuel management system – sequential multipoint electronic fuel injection
FPV high-flow dual exhaust system
FPV blue rocker cover
FPV stainless steel fabricated exhaust manifolds

FUEL CONSUMPTION

ADR81-01 (L/100km) – manual/automatic 14.7/14.4
Comparative CO2 emissions (grams/km)- manual/automatic 352/344

TRANSMISION & DRIVELINE

ZF 6-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift NCO
TR6060 6-speed Manual with leather and satin chrome gear knob

RIDE & HANDLING

FPV Performance independent double wishbone front suspension
FPV 19″ x 8.0 Alloy wheel fitted with 245/35ZR19 Dunlop Sport Maxx tyre
Matching alloy spare wheel
Locking wheel nut
Limited Slip Differential

PREMIUM BRAKES

355 x 32mm cross drilled ventilated front rotors with Brembo 6 piston calipers & 328 x 26mm cross drilled ventilated rear rotors with single red piston caliper

INTERIOR

FPV build number badge with unique model identifier
Unique FPV Starter Button
Human Machine Interface (HMI) with Internal Command Centre (IC)
High series mixed mode colour screen
Blue dial illumination with white LCD and FPV welcome message on start up
Speedometer (260kph)
Tachometer (8000rpm)
Audible shift alert indicator – man only
CFC-free Air conditioning – dual zone
FPV floor mats
FPV scuff plates (front only)
Sports leather steering wheel
with cruise control and audio switches
Alloy pedal covers

SEATING

FPV performance sports seats Silverstone cloth with Ebony Lux suede bolsters with Super Pursuit logo embroidery
Nudo Leather with Miller suede bolsters with GT-P/Super Pursuit logo embroidery NCO
4 way power driver’s seat
Adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat lumbar support

AUDIO

Premium audio system with 7″ colour display and 6-disc in-dash CD with iPod® integration
Bluetooth® mobile phone integration
Auxilliary Audio plug-in (MP3 capability)
Satellite Navigation system (optional)

EXTERIOR STYLING

FPV oval badge on front grille & rear
FPV fender feature badge

FPV model badging on tailgate
Boss power bulge on hood
FPV stripe package (incl hood decal) NCO
Boss hood decal (stand alone) NCO
Side fender turn indicators
FPV exhaust – twin chrome tail pipes
FPV “power bulge” hard tonneau with spoiler
Machine-faced alloy wheels with Dark Argent accents
Bumper accent detail – Dark or Mid Argent

SAFETY & SECURITY

Driver and front passenger airbags
Front seat side head/thorax airbags
Beltminderâ„¢ (front driver’s side only)
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Traction Control System (TCS)
PV ID Datadot identification
Alarm

Words Ben Dillon, photos Adam Croy

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