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 FPV GT-P and FPV 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 FPV 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 FPV 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 FPV 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 option.

Adjustable pedals on the automatic model and FPV floor mats are standard in the FPV GT-P but can both be optioned on the FPV GT.

Safety :

For the first time, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) features on the entire FPV sedan range.

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 FPV 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 FPV GT and FPV GT-P.

Recommended retail pricing starts from $65,990 for the FPV GT and $75,990 for the FPV GT-P.

Both model variants, along with the rest of the new FPV FG range will be on sale nationally from June 2008.

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 FPV 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 FPV 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 FPV 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'.


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