2011 FPV range launched with new 335kW ‘Miami’ V8 engine

2011 FPV range launched with new 335kW ‘Miami’ V8 engine

Ford Performance Vehicles has just launched its 2011 range and it’s the first time in the brands 43-year history that a naturally aspirated vehicle isn’t offered. FPV’s three GT models are all powered by the company’s new ‘Miami’ supercharged V8 and will go on sale from the end of October.

FPV’s high-tech, supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine produces 335kW of power and 570Nm of torque, and is now standard fitment across the GT, GT-P and GT E models. It is the most powerful GT in the history of the brand.

The new engine is the main drawcard to the 2011 models so aesthetic updates have been kept to some 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, however, retains its low-profile demeanour sans stripes.

In terms of standard wheels, the GT gets 19-inch 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.

“FPV is extremely proud of our new GT range, and very excited about what we have created,” FPV’s 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 an 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 is also compact in size — 47kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4 litre Boss 315kW engine.

“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 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.

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.

Expect NZ pricing to be released shortly.

Click here to read Car and SUV reviews of the 2010 FPV range.

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