lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
hp @ 6500 rpm
hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) Building on the strong heritage of the GT
nameplate, Ford Performance Vehicles’ new 315kW GT-P and GT deliver
the latest evolution of V8 powered vehicles that boast impressive
performance and outstanding driving dynamics.
“The new GT range has been fully engineered and designed to
incorporate the latest in performance engineering, as well as
significant ride and handling advancements,” Ford Performance
Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett said.
“Not only are the new GT and GT-P the most powerful V8s we’ve ever
built, but they also deliver the ideal combination of high
performance, driveability and fuel efficiency.”
The GT-P and GT are powered by high performance 5.4 litre quad-cam
32 valve V8 engines that produce a maximum power output of 315kW at
6500 rpm and maximum 551Nm of torque at 4750 rpm.
The Boss 315 has been completely re-calibrated to maximise response
and driveability, while an improvement in volumetric efficiency
allows the engine to breathe better.
The extra breathing capability, along with strength and durability
improvements made to the engine hardware, has allowed FPV to
increase the maximum revs to 6500 rpm.
“Drivers of the GT will notice improved vehicle acceleration and
overall driveability, along with a smoother idle and a better engine
Importantly, the increased power does not compromise on fuel economy
and in automatic guise; the FPV GT-P and GT boast fuel economy
figures of 14L/100km, a decrease in fuel consumption of 4.8 percent
over the previous model.
Complementing the increased power is FPV performance independent
double wishbone front suspension and performance Control Blade
Independent Rear Suspension (IRS).
Matched to the performance suspension is a Brembo brake package with
355 x 32mm cross-drilled and ventilated front rotors with 4-piston
calipers and 328 x 26mm rear rotors with single red piston caliper.
In another first for FPV, owners will have the option of the
performance TR6060 six-speed manual transmission, or the ZF
six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports
Shift at no extra cost.
Performance and handling
The Boss 315 features a
new camshaft profile, new camshaft timing, strengthened piston
assembly and a higher compression ratio (10.5:1 to 10.8:1).
A reduction in the parasitic losses has also been achieved through
changes to the water pump system and the introduction of an oil pan
mounted windage tray, which contributed to both the power
performance and the fuel efficiency improvements.
“Our engineers broadened the torque curve, which consequently
delivers better pick up and drive at a lower rev range, as well as
better get up and go from a standing start,” Barrett said.
“The GT now feels more lively and responsive.”
The GT is equipped with a new high-flow “straight through” twin
exhaust system and new stainless steel exhaust manifolds, which
maximise powertrain sound quality and minimise back pressure.
The gearing of the manual GT has been adjusted, and a shorter final
drive ratio reduces the flat spots between gear changes and delivers
a smoother drive.
The automatic transmission has a cylinder cut feature during wide
open throttle gear changes, which shortens the torque off,
torque-back-on time between gear changes, enhancing the wide open
throttle performance feel.
The GT’s suspension has been re-engineered to complement the new
Boss 315kW powerplant.
Using the suspension geometry of Ford’s XR as a platform, engineers
reconfigured the balance of the car and honed the capabilities of
the new spring and damper settings to compensate for the new power
and torque outputs.
“We’ve now moved to a Sachs mono-shock damper which has allowed us
to refine the balance between a firm, dynamic sports performance
feel and a comfortable ride while cruising,” Barrett said.
“This has improved turn-in response, on-centre steering feel and
resistance to mid-corner understeer, while reducing the roll rate
and eliminating the feeling of ‘nose-heaviness’.”
The bold exterior
styling of the new GT-P and GT is highlighted by the unique front
grille treatment, large rear wing, side striping and V8 bonnet bulge
accented with a newly designed hood decal.
The striking new headlight accents are a standout feature of the
new-look GT, which evolved from an early design direction towards
demonstratively sporty, rather than overtly aggressive.
“We wanted to make a statement and distinguish ourselves from the
mainstream look and we’ve done that,” said Barrett.
“When one of these cars is coming towards you, you instantly know
it’s an FPV.”
The side scallop of the new FG Falcon lent itself to the placement
of the trademark GT stripes with the new stripe graphics sitting
neatly along the lower sides. The new-look Boss 315 badging will
feature on the GT and GT-P’s power bulge and engine cover.
Running on 245/35ZR19 Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, the 19-inch Alloy
wheel design is carried over to the new GT.
“We looked at alternative wheel designs but did not find one that
beat our existing GT wheel package,” Barrett explained.
“It looks great and performs well with the GT’s Brembo brake
package, so we have chosen to retain the existing design.”
The GT and GT-P are available in 11 exterior colours- Winter White,
Vixen, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Sensation, Ego, Seduce, Breeze,
Nitro, Octane and Dash.
The headlight accents are available in a Mid and Dark Argent colour
based on the choice of exterior colour.
The GT’s charcoal
interior environment is accented with Micro Mesh Black and Saturn
Alloy finishes, giving the car a sportier, darker interior and an
aggressive feel while also distinguishing it from Ford’s XR range.
The GT’s sports seats are finished in a new Shadow cloth fabric with
GT logo embroidered headrests, and Shadow leather seats can be
Ford’s new centre console design in the FG XR8 allowed FPV to
reposition the starter button and the build number closer to the
The GT features all the luxuries expected from an FPV, including
dual-zone temperature control air conditioning, a sports leather
steering wheel with cruise control mounted switches, power front and
rear windows, alloy pedal covers and a premium audio system with
six-disc in-dash CD with iPod^ integration.
The GT-P is the premium
variant of the GT, and features a premium brake package (355 x32mm
front rotors with Brembo 6-piston calipers and 330 x 28mm rear
rotors with Brembo 4-piston calipers) as standard.
Visually, the GT-P is distinguished by the Satin Chrome treatment on
the upper radiator and lower bumper grille mesh and its 19-inch
alloy wheels with unique Dark Argent accents.
Inside the cabin the GT-P receives a six-way power driver’s seat and
FPV performance sports seats in shadow cloth with silver stitching
and GT-P embroidered headrests. Shadow leather seats are a no cost
Adjustable pedals on the automatic model and FPV floor mats are
standard in the GT-P but can both be optioned on the GT.
For the first time,
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) features on the entire FPV sedan
FPV engineers worked closely with Bosch to develop a DSC system that
is specifically calibrated for both the 315kW engine performance and
the unique brake package.
The calibration gives the driver all the requirements of basic
manoeuvring and normal driving, but can also operate at a track day
in a way that’s not too intrusive. The DSC can be turned off by the
driver, however even when the system is turned off a “watchdog”
system remains on and is triggered by the use of the brakes.
“While you’re on the throttle and driving the car around corners, if
you actually went into a corner, panicked and hit the brake – it
will come in,” Barrett said.
The GT also features Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD),
4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger
airbags, curtain airbags, side airbags with side thorax, and a
reverse sensing system.
A reverse parking camera is available as an option on both the GT
Recommended retail pricing starts from $65,990^^ for the GT and
$75,990^^ for the GT-P.
Both model variants, along with the rest of the new FPV FG range
will be on sale nationally from June 2008.