New vs Used: 2004 FPV GT vs Ford Fiesta ST

Two different ways of achieving grin-splitting fun for less than $30K

2004  FPV GT vs Ford  Fiesta ST main

SO you need a toy. The guidelines aren’t too strict, but you’ve got $30K and plan a track day each quarter.

Whatever it is, it must make you grin. A Blue Oval on the front wouldn’t hurt, either. Keeping all this in mind, there’s plenty on offer – particularly in the world of pre-loved performance. Exhibit A: the BA Falcon-based FPV GT. The reborn legend.

FPV GTAussie Ford fans went absolutely berko when this car was launched. It was exciting stuff: the 5.4-litre BOSS290 V8, 290kW, 520Nm, and finally some decent styling. All enough to give the competition at the time – the VY HSV Clubsport R8 – a sound clobbering.

The Clubbie was known for being more progressive and communicative on the limit, but it was what happened beyond that envelope that mattered. Critics of the day lauded how easy the GT was to drift. Balance, stonk, and loads of steering lock were its weapons. And while it lacked a little mid-range, it could storm on to 254km/h, far beyond its 230km/h limiter.

Obviously you can’t buy a new Falcon GT anymore, but the good news is, Ford still knows how to make a car that’ll put a whopping big grin on your face. Like the Fiesta ST.

Ford Fiesta STIt trades the Falcon’s brawny displays of strength for finesse, agility, and feedback. In fact, it turned up to Performance Car of the Year 2013 and stole third place, beating HSV’s GTS, Jaguar’s V8 F-Type and even Mercedes-AMG’s A45 along the way. Then there’s the fact it’s our double Bang For Your Bucks (2014, 2015) value champ.

Yes, some of you might think it has half an engine – driving the wrong axle – and not enough doors, but pedal one fast and we dare you not to get out and want another go. It is one of today’s best value performance buys.

Engine 5408cc V8, DOHC, 32v 1596cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo
Power 290kW @ 5500rpm 134kW @ 5700rpm
Torque 520Nm @ 4500rpm 240Nm @ 5000rpm
Weight 1825kg 1172kg
0-100km/h 5.81sec (tested) 7.5sec (tested)
Price $59,850 (new) $27,490


Here's one we found on Trade Unique Cars

2004 FPV GT

2004 FPV GT

75,000km, automatic, $28,500

OKAY, so it’s a four-speed auto (boo), but according to reviews at the time, the five-speed manual wasn’t much chop either. Consider the Fiesta ST as scoring points if you really must have a third pedal.


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