• Aug 17, 2007

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Since the next-generation Ford Falcon and its FPV counterparts have garnered much attention of late, it's easy to forget that the current Aussie BF Falcon is very much alive and well. And as if to remind us of that, FPV has come forth with its latest creation, the F6 R-Spec Typhoon. R-Spec refers to the track-tuned suspension the car sports under that bodywork. First implemented on the smashing FPV Falcon GT 40th Anniversary, the R-Spec chassis enhancements are intended to make the cars comfortable, livable daily drivers with excellent handling that are always ready for track days. The F6 Typhoon, with its 370-horsepower/406 lb-ft 4.0-liter turbo I6, was fun on four wheels already. With the improved handling the R-Spec suspension offers, fun probably turns to bliss. One more reason to go take that Australian vacation, folks...

[Source: FPV]



PRESS RELEASE:
FPV Releases Limited Edition F6 R-Spec Typhoon

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has released its new limited edition F6 R-Spec Typhoon, featuring FPV's innovative R-Spec suspension and handling package.

The F6 R-Spec is the first of FPV's six-cylinder models to feature the R-Spec suspension.

The stylish new addition to the FPV stable is identified with distinctive R-Spec badging, and "Dark Argent�"gunmetal accents on the wheels and rear spoiler as standard. With production limited to just 300 units, the new F6 R-Spec will come with a unique build certificate of authenticity.

FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said that the positive response to the GT 40th Anniversary limited edition, which was the first FPV to feature the R-Spec handling package, led to FPV modifying R-Spec for its six-cylinder Typhoon.

"The initial idea behind R-Spec was to provide an FPV vehicle for those people who wanted to be more competitive at track days and club sprint events, but who didn't want to compromise on the comfort of daily driving either," said Barrett.

"The GT 40th Anniversary succeeded in fitting that brief, and now for the first time our customers can enjoy the same superior level of suspension and handling on our award-winning Typhoon model."

Barrett said FPV has customised the R-Spec package to maximise the handling characteristics of the Typhoon, allowing drivers of the limited edition F6 R-Spec to extract the best possible performance out of their vehicle.

"The set-up on the F6 is different to our Boss 290 package to account for the different mass of the Typhoon. The most significant change has been to the front end damper tune."

"Importantly, we have maintained an impressive level of ride comfort. The R-Spec package picks up more road irregularities, however, we have maintained the supple ride that has earned FPV cars an enviable ride and handling reputation."

The cabin of the F6 R-Spec includes FPV�s leather seats as standard, while FPV floor mats with "F6 R-spec" logo inlay match the exterior touches.

An iPod/MP3 audio player connection^ is also fitted as standard and integrates with the FPV audio system.

The F6 R-Spec is available in Winter White, Lightning Strike, Vixen, Neo, Ego and Silhouette.

The FPV F6 R-Spec limited edition will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, with a recommended retail price starting from $63,310.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well the car that this was originally derived from was from the mid-late 90s.

      The Australian car market is not big enough to justify a complete reskin every 5-6yrs so they are forced to simply update forward the A pillar and rearward the C pillar. Also if the car is too 'out there' the car will flop as the poverty pack models that this is the basis of this model are/were in the similar market as the Camry and they don't design them like a corvette do they.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The VE is actually a clean-sheet design - nothing to do whatsoever with the VZ except for the engines and transmissions, and even then they're either all-new or updated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what a dumb name for a car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it's awesome. I'd drive a Cyclone or a Hurricane, as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It could be named the "Hello Kitty Surprise" for all I care...that car is serious!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Believe me, Australians have as hard a time understanding why Americans consider the look of a car to be so much more important than handling, interior, engine, brakes, etc.

      300hp V8, solid rear axle: you can keep your "modern" Mustang.

      I'd take the slightly dated 370hp I6 Falcon anyday.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I had a 2000 Mustang GT that I bought for a little over 21k usd brand new, and i was completely satisfied.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't need to go to the Antartic to know that it is cold

        >Theres the obligatory Mustang slam by someone who >has never driven one and therefore has NO clue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BS, you've never driven one. Of everyone I know that has driven one found it to be a fun car to drive. Unless you drive Ferraris or Porsches everyday then you would find it a fiun car to drive. You just flat out don't like the Mustang and feel the the need to justify your opinion.

        Sam-
        As for calling Andrew a retard you need to sit and spin my friend. You should really check you facts before you call someone out. The F6 costs about $59,000 in Australian Dollars or about $47,000 US Dollars which is nearing GT 500 territory. Thats with out the import taxes and shipping costs as well as the cost to switch it to left hand drive.

        Look here, then convert:


        Retard

        • 7 Years Ago
        Theres the obligatory Mustang slam by someone who has never driven one and therefore has NO clue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes. $59k aud. i.e. what the evo sells for there. same reason the GTO cost $45k here, and $60k here. or did you forget that?
        yes, i do drive a 911 everyday. that doesn't make the mustang any less a car in my view, but pitifully one dimensional. i really did like the SN95 cobra, but the new one does absolutely nothing for me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i have driven a mustand and they are shit. not bad priced, but shit.
        "$63k for the Typhoon vs. $25k for a mustang GT. gimme a friggin break. and if you want to get closer in prices, the GT500 does 500hp/475ft-lb"
        i hope you're being that retarded on purpose. Best way of comparing prices is to give equivalent cars i.e the typhoon is about the same cost as an evo i think, so it'd be in that price range here
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here's the obligatory Mustang slam from someone who *has* driven one and thinks it's a complete POS. Thank you. Good night.

        This Falcon, on the other hand, is extremely intriguing. I'd seriously consider a turbocharged AWD sports sedan if a domestic manufacturer offered one in the US. Right now, this is the domain of Subaru, Mazda, Audi, BMW, etc. where Ford/Lincoln dare not tread.

        Hell, I'm still bummed Pontiac isn't going to offer a manual transmission on the new G8 in V-6 form (not everyone wants a 350HP+ V-8 for everyday driving). If Pontiac offered an AWD G8 manual, that would be even better.

        -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      Link for F6:

      http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=9181

      I want to make sure you can find it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, what is it with Australian Fords and GMs? While they seem to be pumping out a lot of interesting cars that are a blast to drive, they seem to be living in another decade, in terms of styling and vehicle layout. Are Australians really that much in love with mid-90s styling and drivetrain/body styles of the 1970s and early-80s? In Australia, the El Camino/Ranchero and the bloated RWD family sedan never really went away. What's the deal? Are they really isolated stylistically from the rest of the world? And is gas really cheap there?
        • 7 Years Ago
        So I suspect Mercedes and BMW are also stupid for continuing to have RWD sedans while American manufacturers are absolute geniuses for making such brilliant cars as the Caliber (which has been labeled one of the worst cars on sale in Australia by the way) and Fusion? Australia also gets a much greater variety of cars from around the world than the US gets, if anyone is stupid for making a certain kind of cars it's the US companies making massive SUVs that have gone out of fashion almost completely while Holden can't make Commodores fast enough for export markets.

        Oh and Australians, just like pretty much every other non-Middle Eastern country in the world pay a LOT more for fuel than Americans do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Have u seen American cars? Impala? Ford Fusion/Taurus/Five Hundred? This car looks way better than those, and so do a lot of Australian and European cars for that matter. I personally think that some of the 90's style cars look better than some of the bland cars we see on the road today. I wish we could get some Australian models here as it would mean more choice and better models, and the Falcon would seriously make me consider Ford when I normally wouldn't even fathom such an idea.

        Also the Pontiac G8; it looks much too bulky and brutish for my taste, if they brought in the Holden Commodore in the more simplistic state that it is, i'd be in line for one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jason, as an Aussie living in the US for 5 years, I see it differently. I often ponder why American's drive these HUGE trucks when a small "Ute" (El Camino) would suffice for 95% of people. Not to mention they drive them to work on a daily basis, and maybe haul something once a year.

      The styling cues are subtle, no doubt. But these cars are what 90% of the population drive, think of the Falcon as a 4 door Mustang, and the Typhoon as a Cobra so to speak.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn Tagg, you don't hold back but I agree with most of what you say. I too have driven a Mustang and while it has its quriks like the interior I think its a great car. Not many cars can make you smile like that car for $25,000.

      And yes I looked at the price too and then checked it against the USD. So the person who called the other a "retard" needs a reality check.
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