Overview of the Ford Fpv
Ford Performance Vehicles was a joint venture between Ford Australia and British company Prodrive, established in 2002 to create go-faster, FPV-badged versions of the then-new BA Falcon. A big power play in 2010 saw FPV take the 5.0-litre V8 engine from the Mustang and fit a supercharger to give the Falcon almighty performance. The most powerful V8 - 351kW - was fitted to the very last FPV, the GT-F. FPV was disbanded in 2014, with Ford Australia shifting the brand's higher-powered engines into the last versions of the XR6 and XR8 before the company ended local manufacturing in late 2016.
FORD FPV GENERATIONS
4.0L 6-cylinder turbo: 12.3 to 13.3 litres per 100km
5.0L V8 supercharged: 13.6 to 13.7 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
Contact your nearest Ford dealership for servicing enquiries. Ford FPV parts and accessoriescan be found on Gumtree.
SIMILAR MODELS TO FORD FPV
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: FORD FPV (2000-2014)
This was the era when FPV cars switched from the old 5.4-litre quad-camshaft engine to an all-new 5.0-litre unit that was just as high-tech but featured an Australian-developed supercharger conversion.
These were seriously fast cars, so any inspection must take into account the possibility of crash damage. Make sure the paint is even and all one colour and look for misaligned bumpers and decals as signs of poor repairs.
The engine itself has proven pretty reliable, but make sure you keep an eye on the dipstick, as these engines can consume a little oil between changes. And make sure the changes themselves haven't been skipped.
The biggest bogey is a transmission cooler than can fail, allowing the engine's coolant to mix with the transmission fluid, wrecking the gearbox in the process. Check the transmission dipstick for signs of milkiness or discolouration in the fluid.