FPV announces supercharged V8 engine
2nd September, 2010
Ford Performance Vehicles has announced a new range
of supercharged V8 engines for its Australian-made performance car range.
To be launched in early October, the new FPV GS and GT model ranges will both be powered by
all-new lightweight 5.0 litre supercharged Ford V8 engines producing 315 kW and 335 kW of power
Both engine configurations are more powerful, more fuel efficient and cleaner than any engines
previously offered by FPV.
Developed locally by Prodrive in a $40 million programme, the new FPV engines are based on the
‘Coyote’ Ford V8 first introduced in the American
at the beginning of this year.
“The new supercharged V8 engine programme represents FPV's biggest-ever investment in the
Australian market, and has been the most extensive and exhaustive development programme we’ve ever
undertaken,” Prodrive Asia-Pacific Managing Director Bryan Mears said.
“The outcome is phenomenal … these engines are brilliantly responsive, their performance is
sensational, and they will take our next generation of FPV models to a level that’s simply
unmatched by anyone else.”
FPV’s first-ever supercharged engine, the new V8 is a sophisticated all-aluminium design with
double overhead cams and 32 valves configuration, and is fully EuroIV compliant.
Its lightweight and compact size – the Coyote engine is 47 kg lighter than the outgoing 5.4
litre Boss 315 kW engine – also offers packaging benefits which enhance the handling performance of
FPV’s new GS and GT ranges.
The base of the new FPV V8 engine is imported from America in component form and each one is
hand-assembled locally by FPV, utilising extensive Australian-made componentry.
“It’s important to emphasise just how Australian these engines are,” Bryan Mears said.
“Although the basis of the engine is imported, all the components utilised in the supercharged
configuration are locally sourced, and the engines are completely hand-made by the team at FPV in
Heart of the Australian engine specification is a Harrop Engineering-developed supercharger
utilising Eaton TVS technology.
FPV began its development of the new GS and GT engines in 2007, initially with a 5.4 litre XR8
‘mule’ engine fitted with a supercharger and custom manifolds. This was used for cooling system
development and initial engine calibration strategy development before the first of three levels of
prototypes were built around the 5.0 litre ‘Coyote’ Mustang engine.
Each of these prototypes advanced development of the engine, at first with hand-made componentry
to trial various configurations, until a final specification was locked in, utilising pre-production
parts and then final production components.
Engine power levels, torque curves and emission outputs were all refined throughout this process.
“One aspect of the programme that was very important to us was the aural output of the engine …
it is at the heart of the FPV brand that the engine sounds right as well as means business, so we put
enormous effort into that,” Bryan Mears confirmed.
“You’re going to love the outcome!”
Finally, verification prototypes then embarked on an exhaustive 170,000 kilometre durability
programme around Australia, before the engineering programme was signed off in July 2010.
FPV will offer customers two engine specifications when the new GS and GT ranges go on sale in
The GS-spec engine produces 315 kW of power at 5,750 rpm and 545 Nm of torque, from an incredible
2,000 to 5,500 rpm!
Official fuel consumption and emissions figures* for the 315 kW engine are as follows:
GS Manual Sedan – 13.6 l/100 km, 324 g/km CO2
GS Auto Sedan – 13.7 l/100 km, 325 g/km CO2
GS Manual - 14.0 l/100 km, 333 g/km CO2
GS Auto Ute - 14.2 l/100 km, 335 g/km CO2
The GT-spec engine produces 335 kW of power at 5,750-6,000 rpm and 570 Nm of torque between 2,200 &
5,500 rpm. Its official fuel consumption and emissions
figures* are as follows:
GT/GTP Manual Sedan -13.6 l/100 km, 324 g/km CO2
GT/GTP/GTE Auto Sedan -13.7 l/100 km, 325 g/km CO2
NOTE: * Combined cycle; tested to ADR81/02