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 |  Aug 13 2012, 8:01 AM

Out in Australia, Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has released a limited edition GT RSPEC model, focused on track performance for its sporty sedan. 

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 |  Jul 01 2011, 7:25 AM

This is why Australians are cool! Not only is the FPV Black Concept a sinister looking sedan, but it’s powered by a supercharged Ford 5.0-liter V8 making 449-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Sure our Boss 302 makes similar numbers without a supercharger, but you can be sure the torque levels at low rpm in this mean sedan are unreal. Plus, it also makes for an easily tuneable platform.

Built by the Ford Performance Vehicle division (Australia’s version of SVT), it’s based on the FPV Falcon GT – which already gets that incredible powerplant. What’s new here is the murdered-out look and a few extras.

The list of add-ons is long and gives a look at the sort of accessories and special edition models Ford may offer. Included on the concept is a full black paint job with a matte black stripe package on the hood, rear spoiler, doors and rear diffuser. A set of stunning slit-spoke 5-spoke 19-inch wheels has been outfitted to the sedan, and custom bodywork includes a custom front bumper with new brake duct coolers.

Improving handling is a track-tuned suspension setup, while a stainless steel exhaust lets the big engine howl. And for added stopping power there’s a six-piston front and four-piston rear brake setup.

Inside doesn’t escape the black theme ether with dark leather interior. Even the trim pieces come in black.

Unveiled today at the Melbourne Auto Show in Australia, it’s the first ever FPV concept car and hopefully a sign of things to come. Now if only the Falcon was available in the U.S.

 |  Dec 23 2010, 8:28 AM

Contrary to a rather exciting recent report that’s been circulating, Ford won’t be bringing the Falcon to U.S. shores, meaning we won’t get to appreciate some Ford of Australia engineered RWD V8 sedan goodness unless we book a day long flight to down under. Original plans to bring the Falcon to the U.S. (requiring Ford of Australia to engineer a new left-hand drive version of the car) were reportedly canned in 2008 and have not been revived.

It’s not all bad news, however, with Ford still likely to bring the Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) Falcon GT’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine to America. Execs at the Blue Oval’s Aussie division have confirmed their desire to export this new engine, which in the top-level Falcon makes 449-hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque.

As for what it would be used for, both the Mustang and Ford Raptor are obvious choices.

[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  Dec 22 2010, 8:36 AM

Fans of rear-drive domestic performance sedans suffered a blow when General Motors decided to close the Pontiac brand and cease importing the rebadged Holden Commodore as the G8. While rumors continue to suggest GM will bring back a rear-drive Australian-sourced performance machine, they may have to act fast as a recent report suggests Ford may look to imitate the Holden/Pontiac strategy.

According to one Australian outlet, the Blue Oval may look ‘down under’ to its Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) division in order to source a version of the rear-drive Falcon GT – complete with a new supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that makes 449-hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque.

FPV is eager to expand its offerings and former Ford Australian president Bill Osborne already admitted a plan was underway to export the cars to China and the Middle East. For Ford of Australia the rewards could be huge, with Holden’s sale of the Pontiac G8 in the U.S. doubling production of the car globally.

Ford is currently promoting a global vehicle strategy that will not only see mainstream cars like the Fiesta and Focus created to be sold in all markets, but will also focus on utilizing the company’s performance vehicles in regional markets. Ford’s VP of global marketing, Jim Farley, recently commented that the automaker intends to put a focus on rear-drive models for the U.S. market.

Farley recently told AutoGuide that more special ‘regional’ performance vehicles are set to debut in the U.S. in the near future.


 |  Aug 06 2009, 10:25 AM


Ford Australia has just officially launched its high-performance 2010 FPV F6 E; a car with even more punch under the hood that the new 2010 SHO.

But how can that be? The SHO uses a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 to make 365hp.

Well, the Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) version of the Australian-market F6 E saloon out muscles the SHO with a 4.0-liter turbocharged straight-six making no less than 415hp and 417 ft-lbs of torque.

The conservatively styled sedan is aimed at attracting buyers of European luxury/performance sedans (a la Audi S4 and BMW M5). It’s main competitor, however, is the Holden Commodore SS, sold in the U.K. as the Vauxhall VXR8 and in North America as the Pontiac G8 GXP.

Along with a nicely styled interior the FPV F6 E gets a big set of wheels and tires and some massive Brembo brakes. Full details aren’t yet available but this four-door Australian muscle car is expected to hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.



[Source: Top Gear]