When you want more grunt than a sumo wrestler or even Steve Hansen, have a look in the FPV showroom. Brand new for the performance buyer is the latest FPV GT boasting a supercharger to boost power out to a whopping 335 kW. Now that’s going to rub salt into the wound for any HSV fan!
The HSV GTS is a goodie, however, and FPV had to come up with something that was going to throw the cat amongst the pigeons to unsettle the team at HSV. They’ve done a great job in the development of the new FPV GT Supercharged Sedan, and the resulting product is one addictive drive.
Where the styling of the HSV GTS is eye-catching, you’re going to enjoy the aggressive stance of the new FPV GT. The bonnet lines are muscly, and the big boot spoiler and large air dam grille finish off the giant performance statement that the GT is always going to make. A bi-modal twin pipe quad outlet active exhaust system sings with a hugely aggressive V8 rumble when the accelerator is pumped forcefully, while the premium five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels look hot with their machined face and Dark Argent accents.
lightly more refined is the new sports projector headlamps that work a treat when travelling quickly at night time. And the word swift is taken to a new level with the all new supercharged Boss 5.0 litre V8 engine. The latest FPV GT sedan produces 335kW of power at 5750 rpm and 570 Nm of torque between 2200 – 5500 rpm, making it the one of the top performance cars to come from Australia, – though some die hard HSV fans will agree to differ. I can’t wait till the new FPV GT R-Spec model arrives.
Copious levels of grip are hitched through a stiffened and tuned chassis that marks a paw print of big 19-inch rubber. The big FPV GT can be thrown into corners with great levels of confidence, and a nice flat body position allows the power to be applied nice and hard on the exit straights. Big Brembo 4-piston brake calipers at the front with a single-piston brake caliper at the rear ensure that stopping control is immense. The Brembo braking package features the large 355 x 32mm cross-drilled and ventilated front rotors and 328 x 26mm cross-drilled and ventilated rear rotors as standard, so it’s no wonder your body feels the Gs when you haul in the massive straight line speeds the FPV GT Supercharged is capable of.
Application of engine power to the rear wheels is via a very slick six-speed manual, with the technologically advanced ZF six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift as a no cost option. I’ve grown to love autos, and this sports shifter is a gem to use. A Powertrain Control Module (PCM) works to deliver optimum performance all the time.
Whilst the big Boss V8 isn’t going to score highly on any economy run, if you’re light with the right foot the GT can return some surprising returns. However, buyers of this type of Aussie metal aren’t going to be too concerned about the drinking addiction that the GT has for gas. Still, the performance provides a huge kick!
Not all sports machines are completely void of interior comforts. The BMW M5 and Jaguar XFR are two premium sports machines that provide all the luxury of a five-star hotel, and the new FPV GT has a super nice cabin space to spend some time travelling in. Electronic leather sports seats and an Interior Command Centre (ICC) with an advanced 8-inch colour touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity make this a very modern highway marauder. Inside the well thought out cockpit, drivers will love the comfort of the seats (GT logo attached) and the easy-to-use Human Machine Interface (HMI) system. All the main in-car features are at the drivers fingertips. And when you come to select reverse gear, the screen also displays vision from the standard rear view camera. If you want the ultimate luxury package to compete with a BMW M5 of Jag XF driver the FPV GT-E oozes voluptuousness, while the FPV GT-P sits between the GT and GT-E models.
From a safety perspective, the new Ford GT sedans comes with driver and front passenger airbags, a belt minder system, curtain airbags plus front seat side thorax airbags, dynamic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and electronic brake assist, a four-channel anti-lock braking system and the reverse sensing system.
Superb to drive and boasting a 0-100 km/h sprint time in the mid fives, you can’t argue about the $70k price tag – with just so much to offer. The Boss!
The current new FPV GT models include the:
For any more information on the FPV GT Supercharged sedans or, for that matter any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181. If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quotes requests out to our national network of FPV dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours. Private Fleet – car buying made easy!
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