FORD AUSTRALIA has confirmed that the recently-revealed US-developed direct-injection ?Coyote? 5.0 litre V8 will be fitted to the Falcon range, taking over from the current 5.4 litre Boss engines.
Euro 4 emissions compliance requirements spell the end of the Boss range from July this year. To counter, Ford unveiled the new engine as part of the Mustang line-up late last year.
In its naturally-aspirated form the 'Coyote' 5.0 litre engine produces 307kW and 529Nm of torque, bettering the 290kW/520Nm of the current XR8.
For high output applications, such as in the 315kW FPV GT range, Ford is believed to be working on a unique supercharged version of the engine, the first forced-induction variant of the 'Coyote' range.
The decision to supercharge the 'Coyote' engine is understood to have been made because of the effect a lower output would have the FPV range's image in Australia, particularly when compared to HSV's 325kW GTS.
Ford's new turbocharged Ecoboost technology looks to be the way forward; but a delay in adding the technology to the 'Coyote' engine means FPV has had to find its own, more immediate solution.
Dan Kapp, Ford?s director of research and advanced engineering in the US, spoke about the possibility of adding Ecoboost to the Coyote engine range at the Detroit Motor Show. He revealed that while his team is investigating that option, no production plans exist currently.
Adding a supercharger also allows FPV to create different power outputs for different models with relative ease. This could potentially see an entry level GS, mid-range GT and possibly even a high-output GT-HO all with different power and torque outputs, although neither Ford or FPV have confirmed such plans at this stage.