• Oct 10th 2007 at 10:04PM
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We brought you word on the new FPV Cobra last week, and today it was officially unveiled at the Sydney Motor Show. Everything we told you already still holds true, so here's a quick refresher:

  • Available in both sedan and ute bodystyles
  • 5.4L BOSS 302 V8 (302 kW/540 Nm - 404 HP/398 lb-ft)
  • 6-speed manual or ZF 6-speed automatic
  • Sedan equipped with R-Spec suspension
  • Brembo brakes standard, 6-piston front/4-piston rear upgrade available
  • 500 cars total: 400 sedans, 100 utes
  • All cars finished in white w/ blue stripes
  • Pricing: Sedan - $65,110 AUD, Ute - $61,200 AUD
Follow the jump for the official FPV press release and check out the gallery below for a full suite of live shots from the floor in Sydney, as well as all the available press photos, including a few new ones.

[Source: FPV]

Live photos Copyright ©2007 Siddarth Raja / Weblogs, Inc.


Ford Performance Vehicles unveils the Cobra
Sunday, October 7, 2007

Cobra R Spec

The iconic Cobra name has returned to Australian motoring, with Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today unveiling its new special edition GT Cobra and Cobra Ute.

FPV's new Cobra range was revealed during a parade lap of Mount Panorama prior to the start of the 2007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Thirty years ago the Ford Falcon XC Hardtop staged the now famous 1-2 victory formation at the 1977 Bathurst 1000 race, which led to the release of the limited edition Cobra XC Hardtop the following year.

"The Cobra name invokes passion among motoring enthusiasts, and now 30 years after the famous 1-2 win at Bathurst, the new FPV GT Cobra offers the exclusivity of Cobra ownership to a new generation of car owners," said FPV General Manager Rod Barrett.

"The new FPV GT Cobra combines the original XC Cobra's bold styling with the latest in FPV engineering and total performance."

"While the vehicle's exterior features the same blue racing stripes and coiled snake emblem that Cobra is famous for, the vehicle will be powered by FPV's latest high performance Boss 5.4-litre quad-cam 32 valve V8 engine, which now produces 302kW."

The new Boss 302 engine powering both the sedan and Ute variants produces 302 kW of power and 540 Nm of torque, and is equipped with FPV stainless steel fabricated exhaust manifolds and a high-flow dual exhaust system.

For motoring buffs, 302 was the capacity in cubic inches of Ford's small-block V8 engine and is also exactly double the 151 kW output of the 1978 Cobra's 4.9-litre V8 engine.

The GT Cobra has a limited slip differential and is available with either a close ratio six-speed manual transmission with a high torque clutch or the ZF six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift.

FPV's innovative R Spec handling package is fitted as standard to the GT Cobra, contributing to the outstanding chassis dynamics of the special edition model.

The white exterior features blue striping across the bonnet, roof and rear deck lid, and is completed by the unique Cobra badge on each front fender and the rear deck lid. The GT Cobra will also include exclusive R Spec badging.

Both variants are fitted with leather seats as standard, with each seat carrying the coiled Cobra snake logo.

The Cobra's Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 245/35ZR tyres are fitted to special 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with white accents and a machined face finish.

Production will be limited to 400 sedans and 100 Utes, and each vehicle will come with a unique Cobra build badge identity.

The GT Cobra sedan will have a recommended retail price of $65,110*, while the Cobra Ute will be priced at $61,200*.

Boss 302

FPV Programs Manager Paul Cook said the objective of the revised Boss engine specification was to increase the peak power and torque in the mid to upper engine speed range, without affecting vehicle exhaust emissions and urban fuel economy.

"Several changes have resulted in the increased performance, including improvements to the volumetric efficiency of the engine above 3750 rpm," said Cook.

"This has been achieved by a new inlet and exhaust camshaft profile to increase inlet valve lift and duration, with changes to the valve and valve spring to accommodate the increased valve lift.

The compression ratio has been increased from 10.5:1 to 10.8:1, which has improved combustion efficiency through the scavenging of combustion gas.

The engine calibration has been extensively revised to optimise the engine operating conditions with the new components, while improvements have also been made to improve accelerator response.

The FPV GT Cobra has been optimised to run on 98 RON premium unleaded petrol.

* Pricing excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Compelling argument for emigration. C'mon Alan, we don't need no stinking Fusion or Milan...give us the good stuff!
      • 8 Years Ago
      According to a recent press release, all 500 of these are already sold.....

      Thanks for the coverage can't wait to get there this afternoon..

      Sydney, Australia
      • 8 Years Ago
      FPV sends the old Falcons off with a bang.

      It's hard to believe this model Falcon dates back to 1998. Of course it has gone through a series of updates over the years but it's still a looker.

      I'm hard pressed to think of any Ford US car from 1998 that have aged this well or still look this damn good. Hell I can't think of many American cars from 1998 that come close to this one today.

      I had the pleasure of driving a new Falcon XR6T thanks to the good graces of City Ford when I was Down Under back in 2004. It was a phenominal car, and the modding potential of Ford AU's turbo-six made that car a big hit. No question I would have bought one if Ford US bothered to sell them here.

      Ford AU will be unveiling the all-new, completely redesigned Falcon soon. I'm really looking forward to what Ford AU has in store for the new Falcon. I hear it's even engineered for left-hand drive this time.

      Hopefully Ford US and Alan Mullaly decide to follow GM's lead and bring the new Falcons over to Blue Oval dealers Stateside.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate Ford/US cars, but damn! Get rid of the dorky paint job and that rediculously overstated wing and I'll take the sedan!
        • 8 Years Ago
        fpv aus makes the car you describe,its called the 'force 8'.check it out !follow the 'fpv' links at the ford aus web site.cheers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      or the 6 speed automatic into the F-150.
      If it costs an extra $500, but if it can save you $1500 in 5 years. It pays for itself.
        • 8 Years Ago
        or how about Ford pay for it. Take it out of the insane profit margin on an F-150.

        same with the crown vic/grand marquis/towncar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish they sold this in Spain instead of the Mondeo...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember a long time ago (maybe around 2000) there was a Ford Falcon running around Dearborn. Sweet car.

      What puzzles me is that the V-8s that go into these things are produced right here in the US but are sent to Australia in pieces. Yet, we don't get any of these engines. Why not drop this V-8 into the F-150. Or Even the Mustang. Or whatever.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Because those 5.4 engines are hand assembled and expensive.

        The AU 302s are around $55K-$58K (US). Shelby GT500s are $41K-$46 (500HP)
      • 8 Years Ago
      The last Taurus went out with a whimper.
      A car that changed the industry and made Ford an untold fortune.

      Yet in Australia (the actually got the Taurus for a year or two and nobody bought it in the mid-90's) when a sucessful car goes out it gets rewarded with this awesome FPV treatment.

      Hell the seats alone are awesome. And then you get to the performance stats! Can't wait for the new one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, America really does get the short end of the stick.

      I would buy that...Today, no reservations. Looks better than ANYTHING Ford has right now.

      This really came out in the 90s? Damn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is it that every American Ford is garbage and looks like it came out of a cereal box (minus the mustang)? These Australian cars are pretty top notch.

        • 8 Years Ago
        Because according to Fords top brass, these cars will not sell in the US, and there's emissions problems. I believe it's a crock of poo, they're are just some politics involved that aren't allowing them to bring these over, just like the Euro spec Focus and the Modeo, but they are coming over in their next gen form.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an '06 FPV GT and put a Vortech V1 blower on it. Now has 490hp and the wheels. Now - let's go hunt down some Vettes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sounds badass. Enjoy!
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