Ford Austrailia had an embarrassing problem with its high-performance six-cylinder Falcon sedan: The Ford
Performance Vehicles F6 was, er, faster than its V-8-powered counterpart, the FPV GT. The F6's 4.0-liter straight-six might have had the same bore-center spacing as the straight-six fitted to the first Australian-built Falcon a half century ago, but like Grandpa's axe, everything else had been replaced or renewed over the years. With its twin-cam, four-valve cylinder head and Garrett GT3540 turbocharger, the F6's all-Aussie six delivered 415 horsepower and 416 pound-feet of torque. The U.S.-built 5.4-liter V-8 that powered the FORD GT
boasted just 7 more horses -- and 10 pound-feet less torque. As a result, the FORD GT
was a second slower over the quarter mile and, because it weighed more, less fun in the twisties.
While the FORD GT
might have worn one of the most storied badges in Aussie musclecar history, one that dated back to the 289-powered 1967 Falcon GT, local road testers regularly toasted the F6 as one of the best Australian sport sedans ever.
Well, the reign of the turbo six is over. FPV's Falcon FORD GT
is under new management, and the new Boss is a powerful straight torquer. Under the hood is a supercharged version of Ford's new 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, developed in Australia by FPV partner Prodrive. You might have heard of Prodrive: It's the Brit-based motorsport shop that, among other things, built Colin McRae's Subaru
rally cars and the Aston Martins that race at Le Mans. Prodrive owns 51 percent of FPV; Ford
owns the rest.
Kick the supercharged Coyote in the guts, and it settles into a deep, throbbing idle. Spin the crank into the mid-range, and there's a growing, rich swell of thrust on tap, but little else signposting this burbling bent-eight as blown. But offer it a force-fed lungful via a wide-open throttle, and you're shoved down the highway to a maniacal whine from the supercharger as a torrent of torque powers you to an insistent top-end that's part V-8 howl and part blower shriek. This new FORD GT