So why can’t FPV’s 2012 Pursuit Boss Ute be the same to the new 2018 Ford Mustang? Sure, it has two doors for entirely different reasons, but with rear-drive, an LSD and a bellowing V8, it’s like the Mustang’s distant cousin rather than direct relative.
In fact, the blown 5.0-litre at the heart of the Pursuit used the short-block from the Mustang’s Coyote. That’s not the case now that the Yank uses a third-gen 5.0-litre, which easily trumps the Pursuit’s outputs and noise. However, the Pursuit’s fat bottom-end delivery married to a six-speed automatic could chase down a ham-fisted manual driver.
There’s little contest on handling, with the FPV’s leaf springs and live rear axle no match for the finely honed Mustang package. Looks, too, are easily in the Mustang’s favour according to our eyes.
Neither interior has ever been a cabin benchmark. Call it a draw. Practicality wise, it’s another tie, with the Ute’s load-lugging tray matched by the Mustang’s ability to carry another two humans.
Bargain beater or best buy on New vs Used
Provenance is where things tip into the FPV’s favour. Pursuit Utes were literally the last of a kind. This means the Boss is more expensive than the sum of its parts, and commands from $40K to $60K based on condition – offering choice of a collector’s item, or a brand new bullet.
|2018 Ford Mustang GT||vs||2012 FPV Pursuit Boss Ute|
|5038cc V8, DOHC, 32v||ENGINE||4968cc V8, DOHC, 32v, supercharged|
|339kW @ 7000rpm||POWER||315kW @ 5750rpm|
|556Nm @ 4600rpm||TORQUE||545Nm @ 2000-5500rpm|
|4.53sec (auto, as tested)||0-100KM/H||5.0sec (est)|
|$62,990 (new)||PRICE||$40,000-$60,000 (used)|
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