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Ford’s Australian high performance FPV division Black Concept sedan has been given the green light for production after their a concept version was unveiled last month at the 2011 Australian Auto Show.
Following the excitement and positive feedback received at the show, the company decided to produce the car. The concept is based on FPV’s existing Falcon-based muscle sedan. The production carwill be sporting a unique version of the Mustang Boss’ 5.0-liter V8, mated to an Eaton supercharger, producing 449-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The FPV GT Black Concept sported a black paint finish, 19-inch black alloy wheels, black tailpipes and a track-tuned suspension. Stopping the GT will be easy because it comes equipped with six-piston front and four-piston rear brake setup. On the inside, there’s a display screen with a reverse camera and, you guessed it, black leather. Unfortunately only 125 of these stealth bombers will be made, so Aussie buyers will have to act quickly. It has not been confirmed as to whether all of these performance accessories will make it to the production vehicle, but FPV has said that some pieces will appear on the production vehicle.
Gallery: Ford FPV Black Concept
[Source: Motor Authority]
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.
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.