FPV’S stylish new GT-E
In a move that’s designed to take on the prestige European sports sedan Ford Performance Vehicles has launched the ultimate executive express the all-new GT-E as the pinnacle of its V8 powered GT range.
Powered by the upgraded 5.4-litre Boss V8 engine, the GT E produces a massive 315kW of power at 6500 rpm and 551Nm of torque at 4750 rpm.
The new GT E features the ZF six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift as standard and boasts a fuel economy figure of 14L/100km.
The GT E receives performance 355 x 32mm cross-drilled and ventilated front rotors with Brembo 6-piston calipers and 330 x 28mm cross-drilled and ventilated rear rotors with Brembo 4-piston caliper as standard.
“The Premium Brake Package delivers FPV a competitive advantage over our direct competitor as they do not offer 6-piston brakes across their range,” Ford Performance Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett said.
“The GT E is a combination of luxury V8 and executive racer. It’s for those who want the power and sound of a high-performance vehicle without the overt styling and bright colours.”
“The elegant and luxurious styling of the GT E differentiates the vehicle from its GT siblings,” Mr Barrett said.
“As opposed to the overtly sporty GT, the GT E is more subtle, with striking chrome accents and a refined lip spoiler replacing the bright colours, hood and side striping and large rear wings found on the other models.”
The upper radiator and lower bumper grille mesh are finished in black chrome, while the front driving lamps are highlighted with a high chrome bezel and complemented by full body coloured bumpers.
The new FPV badge takes centre stage on both the front and rear of the vehicle and the new GT E badge features on the rear and side panels.
The unique 19-inch wheel design was custom matched to the GT E’s premium Brembo brake package and the Alpine Silver alloy finish completes an understated yet stylish exterior package.
The GT E is available in a subtle exterior colour palette of nine colours – Winter White, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Velvet*, Sensation, Steel, Ego, Seduce and Silk.
Inside the cabin, the GT E features luxury FPV seats in shadow leather with the GT E logo embossed on the headrests. Regency red leather seats are available as a no cost option.
Unique to the GT E, the interior environment is charcoal and receives a dark walnut woodgrain finish on the dashboard as well as the doors.
The interior is packed with features to ensure a premium driving experience, including a sports leather steering wheel with cruise control and audio mounted switches, dual zone temperature control air conditioning, front and rear power windows and memory adjustable pedals with alloy pedal controls.
FPV says the Boss 315 engine gives the GT E flexibility through the gears, and consequently drivers will notice that from a standing start the vehicle feels lighter and more responsive, and picks up better at a lower rev-range.
The FPV performance independent double wish bone front suspension and performance control independent rear suspension teamed up with the new Sachs mono-shock damper provides the perfect balance between a firm, dynamic sports performance feel and maintaining the ride comfort while cruising.
The GT E is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and side curtain airbags, both of which are now standard across the entire FPV range.
In addition, the GT E also features a reverse parking camera and reverse sensing system as standard.
Other safety features include Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and 4-channel Anti lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger airbags and Beltminder technology for both the driver and passenger.
The GT E is protected by a remote alarm and FPV’s ID Datadot identification.
The recommended retail price for the GT E is $76,990^ and will go on sale nationally from June 2nd 2008.
CarAdvice will be driving the new FPV range later today and we will publish our driving impressions as soon as possible.
By David Twomey