• Feb 29, 2008

Click image for a hi-res gallery of the turbocharged FPV F6
Despite how it might seem, all the action at the Melbourne motor show is not happening over at the Holden and HSV stands. Dearborn's Australian outpost put on its brass knuckles too and is teasing Melbourne showgoers with Ford Performance Vehcie's latest, greatest muscle. The arrival of the new FG Falcon means that a full lineup of FPV variants follows, and the new F6, GT and Super Pursuit ute are all on display. Like HSV, which hasn't announced power numbers for its W427, FPV is keeping the stats for its new machinery under wraps for now.

We're confident that the numbers will match the cars' gloriously extroverted looks. Colors out of a gumball machine, matte black accents, and stripe packages give the cars a vintage musclecar vibe. Big wheels, big brakes and all the requisite badges and bulges complete the look. The F6 (above) is particularly evil, with its black wheels, "eye black," and visible intercooler. The interiors of all the cars appear to be very well-detailed, with snazzy instrumentation, sharp looking accessories (look at the shift knob), and very inviting seats.

As with the higher-end standard FG Falcons, power comes from either a turbo inline-six or a beefy Boss V8. FPV takes those already-impressive engines and makes them even more imposing. We know we have the Mustang and its impressive Shelby-badged factory specials, but man, what we wouldn't give for some of this Aussie muscle. We'll be eagerly awaiting the official June launches.




[Source: FPV]

PRESS RELEASE:

Ford Performance Vehicles Reveals New Model Range

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today publicly unveiled its new performance GT and F6 sedans at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

"This is the first chance for the public to get a close-up look at some of our new models, ahead of their release in June," said Ford Performance Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett.

"Our new model range offers performance enthusiasts the ultimate in performance engineering, luxury appointments and sports styling."

For the first time, the Ford badge will not appear externally on an FPV model. The GT and F6 sedans on display both feature FPV badges prominently on the centre grille and centre boot lid, which is consistent with the entire new range.

"Featuring the FPV badge on all our new models is a major repositioning for the FPV brand," said Barrett.

"It signifies the maturing of our brand and the evolution of FPV as Ford�s performance partner."

As with Ford, FPV has repositioned its high performance sedan and Ute model variants, with eight stunning vehicles divided into the GT series and F6 series families.

"The repositioning of the vehicle line-up has been done for similar reasons to the Ford
G Series," said Barrett.

"It is all about growing the brand and attracting new customers. The GT series family continues our strong iconic heritage, while the F6 series family caters to a new segment of performance car enthusiasts who prefer a slick turbo charged six-cylinder to a thundering V8."

The GT series family retains the familiar GT and GT-P sedan nameplates, and introduces the stylish new luxury GT-E sedan.

The bold exterior styling of the new GT and GT-P is highlighted by the trademark unique front grille treatment, rear wing, side striping and V8 bonnet bulge accented with a newly designed hood decal.

Visually, the new GT-E is distinguished from its V8 siblings by its refined rear lip spoiler, chrome accenting and distinctive GT-E badging.

The GT-E's unique 19-inch alloy wheels are matched by a premium brake package, with six-piston Brembo brakes now featured as standard.

"The GT-E is a sophisticated luxury performance car that will cater for those buyers that don't want the stripes, wings, and seats offered in the GT-P, however, want to retain all the performance attributes of that car," said Barrett.

The Super Pursuit and Pursuit Ute variants complete the GT series range.

The F6 series family features the F6 and F6 Ute, the Typhoon and Tornado nomenclature are discontinued on the new vehicles.

Significant ride, handling and safety advancements have been made to the new FPV stable. Each new model variant has been fully engineered and designed to provide the performance enthusiast with the ultimate in Australian performance motoring.

Safety advances include the addition of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) on FPV sedan & Ute vehicles for the first time.

Significantly, FPV customers will also have a choice of manual or automatic transmissions at no additional cost in the sedan range.

"The option of automatic or manual transmissions in the sedan range at no extra cost caters for both our luxury and overt sports customers, without penalising either for their choice of transmission," said Barrett.

FPV has produced exhilarating performance upgrades across the GT and F6 range, however, the exact engine performance power and torque figures will be revealed closer to the on sale date in June.

"The unique FPV enhanced design gives each vehicle a bolder road presence," said Barrett.

"Coupled with performance upgrades, the new FPV range is a revolution in Australian performance motoring. I'm sure our loyal and passionate customers will be extremely impressed."

GT Series
GT-E
GT-P
GT
Super Pursuit
Pursuit

F6 Series
F6
F6 Ute


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The F6 looks like the gun to have! If the XR6 has 270kw & 533nm of torque im thinking the F6 figures would be closer to 300kw & 580nm & without the weight of a V8 to lug around! I reckon this will have the performance measure on even the top flight HSV's! Well I certainly hope so anyway! I am a Holden fan don't get me wrong but I don't see holden making true progress with their cars. All they seem to do is drop bigger motors in to gain higher power figures. The real progress is with Ford Turbo 6 line up, same engine, same size but develop it to make more power. They are now producing some big torque figures that Holden & HSV could only overcome by using the supercharged 6.2 or the atmo 7 litre chev donks. I really cannot wait to test drive an XR6 or even an F6 if im lucky enough! I hope Ford Aus does well with the FG range.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Barra I6 has an iron block so I would imagine it doesn't weigh that much less than the V8, if at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      evil
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to say, Aussie get the best damn cars. Only wish we could be so damn lucky :(

      Its damned impossible to pick between the Holdens and the FPV stuff. Both look AMAZING and both throw down some amazing power. What I wouldn't give to have to make the choice between one of them though :D Might actually go with one of their utes given a choice... Always wanted an el camino... heheh
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like Holden gave Ford a nice black eye.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford fails for not importing this to American.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's either Blueprint or Shockwave.
      It's hard to tell but going off the BF series that would be one of those two.
      Don't get too envious guys we are going to lose the I6 engine in 2yrs to be replaced with your V6.
      Car companies can be really stupid sometimes.
      Holden don't have anything that comes near the I6 turbo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It really is a crime that we can't get these in the US. Why can't they bring that inline 6 over here? Is it the enviro-fascists and all the regulations? What's up???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look everyone its the Ford Evo!

      Kidding - it looks badass - bring it here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks way better than the Holden. Also, Ford really needs to bring that over here!
      • 6 Years Ago
      its headlights are exactly same as Audi A4's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this car! I think it would be a BWM destroyer in the US. It had the BWM type roofline but everything else screams unique.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Aussie V8 racing series is about to get very interesting...
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