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Supercharged V8 for Ford’s upcoming XR8 and FPV range receives Blue Oval backing

18 August 2010



The Ford Motor Company has issued an indirect vote of confidence in the Australian-developed supercharged 'Coyote' V8 that is expected to power both Ford's upcoming XR8 models, FPV's upgraded 2010 V8 range and, potentially, next year's born-again GT-HO performance flagship.

Ford gave in-principle backing for a supercharged version of its all-new 5.0-litre V8 last week in a press release announcing its new 2012 Mustang Boss 302, which employs a high-performance (but still naturally aspirated) version of the Coyote V8 that increases power from 307kW to 328kW and revs to no less than 7500rpm.

The more highly strung Boss V8, which will power next year's 2012 Mustang Boss 302 in North America, is based on the flagship 2011 Mustang GT’s new DOHC 5.0-litre V8, but Ford says it could quite easily have been boosted by a mechanical supercharger.

In Australia, that’s exactly what Ford and Prodrive engineers have developed for Ford Austrlia's own 2010 XR8 and FPV's 2010 V8 models.

Indeed, the only reason given by FoMoCo for not fitting the Mustang Boss 302 with a supercharger, which it says would have been the easiest way to obtain 'significantly' more power from the standard 307kW Coyote V8, was because the original 1969 Mustang Boss 302 engine was not force-fed.

"The Mustang team knew a supercharger would be the simplest way to extract significant power improvements from the new 5.0-liter V8," says Ford, "but they elected not to pursue forced induction for the 2012 Boss to stay true to the original Boss 302 engine."

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