2011 FPV GT Concept
Today, the most exciting engine in Ford’s global lineup is not found in some high-priced Lincoln or a stylish Euro hatch. No, Ford’s most exciting engine can be found in a limited edition sports sedan sold in Australia by the local division’s in-house tuner Ford Performance Vehicles, or FPV for short.
FPV’s range of muscle sedans are well known here at MotorAuthority, especially the supercharged GT range which packs a unique version of the Mustang Boss’ 5.0-liter V-8 complete with an Eaton blower attached.
Now, for the 2011 Australian Motor Show, which kicks off in Melbourne today, FPV has unveiled a sinister concept car based on its Falcon GT sedan. No word on output but expect somewhere near the 450 horsepower mark that standard model on which it’s based develops.
The tuning division’s chief Rod Barrett explains that the concept car features a package of performance and design enhancements to demonstrate what could be done by FPV in the future.
Finished in menacing black paint, the FPV concept features a unique matte finish stripe package on the bonnet, rear wing and bodysides, a paint treatment that is also carried over to the rear diffuser.
Up front, large brake ducts are incorporated into the modified front fascia, while black framing has been used to enhance the rear light graphics treatment. Also at the rear is some unique black GT badging.
The vehicle sits on 19-inch lightweight one-piece forged alloy rims, finished in black of course, which are 8.0 inches wide at the front and 9.5 inches wide at the rear, and all shod with special Dunlop SP Sportmaxx GT tires.
Underneath there’s a track-tuned suspension specification and a full stainless steel high-flow twin exhaust system finished with quad black tips. A performance brake package is also fitted, consisting of bigger six-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston brake calipers at the rear.
Inside, the all-black theme continues with black leather trim throughout and an all-black dash treatment that includes the interior command centre (ICC).
While a hotted-up Australian Ford Falcon design may be largely irrelevant to the U.S. market, the car’s successor may very well be a Taurus sedan if Ford’s one-platform global strategy goes ahead. While the Aussies may hate the thought of their beloved Falcon being replaced by front- and all-wheel drive Taurus sedans, the switch may finally see some FPV products launched Stateside.