FPV’s powerful new Boss 335 GT shown off in first TV ad (+video)

April 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Since its recent release Ford has been making big claims that its 2011 Boss 335 GT goes seriously hard, and is motivated by the most-powerful V8 ever offered in an Australian sedan. While we knew they were for real, a new video featuring race legend Allan Moffat is now driving the point home.

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’s also very compact in size — 47kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4 litre Boss 315kW engine. It’s certainly enough power to easily get owners in trouble with the law.

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

October 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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.

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Ford Performance Vehicles pulls covers off new 335kW ‘Miami’ V8

September 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford Performance Vehicles has just announced details on its all-new V8 engine, named the “Miami” V8.

Set to replace the old faithful Boss V8, the new Miami is a supercharged 5.0-litre unit based on the Coyote V8 currently serving in the Ford Mustang. The Miami will be available in two power outputs within FPV’s model range.

The GS sedan and ute will receive the lower-output Miami V8 (coded V2X) producing 315kW and 545Nm. The full-strength high-spec engine (coded V2G) pumps out 335kW and 570Nm and will be fitted to GT- badged vehicles. Both engines are almost identical mechanically, with only ECU tuning accounting for the difference in output.

These numbers represent a significant jump over the current GS and GT engines, which put out 302kW and 315kW respectively. Further to that, the GT’s 335kW beats out the 325kW output of HSV’s flagship GTS by a full 10kW margin. This should guarantee FPV owners bragging rights for some time.

The shift to a supercharged mill has also allowed FPV to increase torque, even though engine displacement has dropped by 400cc. The full compliment of torque also comes on much lower in the rev range at just 2000rpm for the GS and 2200rpm for the GT.

There is no word yet on exact performance figures from FPV, but there are already suggestions that the new FPV GT could go 0-100km/h in under 5 seconds.

It’s good news in terms of economy as well, with a slight improvement in consumption seeing the GS and GT manual sedans drinking 13.6 l/100km. Automatic sedans use 0.1 l/100km more.

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2011 Ford Falcon to receive supercharged 5.0-litre Coyote engine

August 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

When American Ford announced it was developing a Mustang GT500, there was plenty of rumours about exactly what engine would power it. Many thought the new 5.0-litre Coyote engine would be used with a supercharger strapped on and horsepower suitably increased. Those rumours were squashed when Ford stated that a new aluminum block version of its supercharged 5.4-liter V8 would be used on the 2011 GT500. But speculation that Ford would still find an application for a forced induction Coyote engine remained.

It now seems that a supercharged 5.0-litre Ford engine will first appear in Aussie next year when it powers the new Falcon XR8 and some FPV vehicles.

The only reason given by American Ford for not fitting the recently revealed Mustang Boss 302 (read news) with a supercharger, which it says would have been the easiest way to obtain greater power from the standard 307kW Coyote V8, was because the original 1969 Mustang Boss 302 engine was not force-fed.

For now the American’s have missed out and the first all-supercharged V8 Ford line-up, could be unveiled at the Bathurst 1000 in October. The range is expected to include a 315kW/550Nm XR8 sedan and ute, FPV GT models powered by a 335kW/600Nm V8 and possibly a special edition model to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Allan Moffat winning Bathurst in a Falcon GTHO.

Following the Bathurst reveal, the Aussie-made force-fed 5.0-litre V8 will replace the current 5.4-litre V8 that powers the outgoing XR8 and FPV’s V8 models.

To read a Car and SUV review of the FPV GT-P (pictured) click here.

HSV records 67% sales increase in 2010

May 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) announced yesterday an increase in retail sales of 67% on the 1st quarter compared with the same time last year.

General Manager of Marketing Tim Jackson said, ‘At the launch of E2 the strategy was to lift GTS back to its hero status, and the exciting thing is we have seen demand outstrip supply. The differentiation we have given GTS has really struck a chord with our customer base.’

HSV’s Darren Bowler added, ‘While GTS has been a real stand out for us, the introduction of Maloo GXP into the range has us expecting a record year for the Maloo nameplate, exceeding 2009 by over 40%’.

ClubSport R8 remains the volume seller within the HSV range representing 35% of sales and recorded a 70% increase in Q1 sales (2009 vs 2010).

Meanwhile over at arch-rival Ford there’s plans to replace its current 5.4-litre Boss V8 with a new ‘Coyote’ 5.0-litre V8. In its naturally-aspirated guise, the 5.0 litre engine produces 307kW and 529Nm of torque, bettering the 290kW/520Nm of Ford’s current XR8.

For high performance applications, such as in the 315kW FPV GT range, Ford is apparently developing a unique supercharged version of the engine, the first forced-induction variant of the ‘Coyote’ range in the world.

FPV declares Allan Moffat brand ambassador

February 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

FPV has just appointed racing legend Allan Moffat as an official ambassador for the brand.

Moffat’s duties as ambassador will see the four-time Bathurst winner representing FPV at major events in 2010.

“Ford is such a big part of my history, it is fantastic to be joining FPV in 2010,” Allan Moffat said.

“FPV’s products are fabulous. Our racing cars didn’t perform or handle as well as these cars do, so I am proud to represent FPV in Australia, and look forward to working with Rod and his team.”

Moffat’s history with Ford in Australia is certainly lenghty. Beginning in the late 60s when Moffat joined as a factory team driver. It was in 1977 that Moffat teamed with Colin Bond to score a 1-2 victory for Ford at Mt Panorama.

“I am delighted to welcome Allan Moffat to our team,” FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said today.

“Allan brings with him an unrivalled Ford heritage and enormous credibility with the history of performance Fords in Australia, and that has an obvious connection with our brand and our customers.”

Mr Barrett added that Moffat’s “real feel for performance cars” adds further value to his role as FPV ambassador, helping the brand give Australian performance enthusiasts what they want.

In addition to his victories at Bathurst, Moffat won the Sandown endurance race six times, held the title of Australian Touring Car Champion four times, and has won both the Australian Sports Sedan and Sports Car Championship titles.

Internationally, Moffat has taken class honours in each of the 24 Hour endurance races at Le Mans, Daytona and Spa.

Moffat was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 1999, and received an Order of the British Empire in 1978.

Falcon XR8 may be dropped for FPV replacement

January 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s no secret that Ford Australia is all set to introduce the all new US-sourced 5.0 litre V8 ‘Coyote’ engine (read news). But now there are reports that the company is considering retiring the XR8 badge in favour of an FPV-only V8 line-up.

Speaking at a recent news conference, Ford Australia boss Martin Burela said that a number of options are being considered, including a scheme where the XR8 is retained and the FPV V8 range treated to a higher tune or forced induction.

Mr Burela said that while it is being considered, to completely drop the XR8 would require a very compelling reason, with the nearly 20 year old model being a very popular choice among V8 fans.

If the XR8 does keep its place in the Ford line-up, it will likely receive a de-tuned version of the upcoming ‘Coyote’ V8 engine. The next generation FPV GS could then get the standard tune, while the GT models would benefit from forced induction most likely from a supercharger.

In its naturally-aspirated standard form the ‘Coyote’ 5.0 litre engine produces 307kW and 529Nm of torque, a solid increase over the 290kW/520Nm of the current XR8.

Currently, Ford Australia is believed to be developing a supercharged version of the new V8 engine. This is an ambitious project considering that US engineers are still struggling to create a reliable supercharger of their own.

Ford FPV GT road test

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
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