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Click above for high-res gallery of the FPV F6, more galleries after the jump

FPV's seemingly endless rollout of its new FG Falcon-based lineup has finally culminated in the actual launch of the cars (how novel), which we've already touched upon. To that end, we'll keep this brief and turn you loose on the multiple new photo galleries now available (check out the rest after the jump). The FPV range encompasses both Falcon sedan and Ute bodystyles, and power comes from either the turbocharged F6 inline-six or the 5.4L Boss 315 V8. The six delivers 415 horsepower and a tire-humbling 416 lb-ft of torque. The eight's no slouch either, pumping out 422 horses (315 kW, hence the engine's name) and 406 lb-ft. A Tremec TR6060 6-speed stick is available across the full range of cars.

Speaking of that, here's the rundown:
You can see galleries of everything below and after the jump. We'll take an F6 sedan in the lime green. In fact, we need one of those approximately yesterday.

[Source: FPV]


Improved Performance and Fuel Efficiency for New FPV Range

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has spent more than two years and 29,000 engineering hours designing, validating and releasing its new generation F6 and V8 engines - the 310kW F6 and the Boss 315 V8.

"For the first time in the history of our company the turbo six and V8 engines were designed in parallel� Ford Performance Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett said.

�Our latest generation of engines deliver the ideal combination of real world performance, driveability and fuel efficiency.

"Power and torque have increased across both engines, while improvements to engine refinement and fuel efficiency are also key components of the new FG range."

4.0-litre turbo charged DOHC 24 valve in-line 6 engine

FPV has developed its 310kW F6 engine to deliver more power, more torque and improved engine efficiency.

Featuring a new strengthened piston and conrod assembly and a complete re-calibration, the new F6 310 is Ford Performance Vehicles� best in-line turbo six-cylinder package yet.

Maximum power has increased by a massive 40 kW to 310 kW at 5500 rpm and is matched by a peak torque of 565Nm at 1950-5200 rpm, (up 15Nm from the previous F6 270 engine).

To obtain this significant increase in performance, the inlet and exhaust systems have been re-designed and the camshaft timing revised.
Increased turbocharger boost pressure and a new, bigger intercooler also play a key role in delivering more power, more torque and improved performance feel.

The compression ratio has been reduced from 8.7:1 to 8.47:1 to allow optimum compromise between turbo boost and spark timing, resulting in improved overall engine efficiency and driveability.

A new, higher efficiency Garrett turbocharger � developed specifically by FPV � features a larger compressor wheel, different compressor housing and an upgraded wastegate specification.

Maximum turbocharger boost pressure has increased to 0.91 bar, or 13.3 psi.

The new larger intercooler reduces unnecessary losses in the intake and allows for a higher air intake pressure. Additionally, an improvement in heat rejection allows lower intake manifold air temperatures in all conditions.

Both improvements to the intercooler maintain engine efficiency and deliver substantial gains by way of:

* a 22 per cent increase in intercooler core volume
* a 45 per cent improvement in heat rejection
* a 34 per cent reduction in pressure drop

�The intercooler remains in the existing position; it is chassis mounted in front of the radiator, however it has better airflow because we have removed the grill in front of it.� FPV�s Head of Powertrain Engineering Bernie Quinn said.

�We have re-tuned the wastegate to allow us to reliably achieve 310kW without any unwanted surges due to variation in boost pressure. The improvements made to the intake system, particularly the intercooler, have allowed us to maintain high levels of performance even in high ambient conditions.�

An all new intake manifold contributes to the improved torque delivery and engine responsiveness through the entire operating range.

An all-new exhaust manifold has been tuned to minimise exhaust gas flow restriction into the turbocharger and optimise the flow balance from cylinder to cylinder.

Engineers focused on volumetric thermal efficiency to ensure that losses were kept to an absolute minimum. A new �low loss� short path Air Intake System was developed to reduce losses and improve throttle response.

�With 100% of the peak torque available all the way from 1950 rpm to 5200 rpm, the new F6 310 engine transforms the performance feel of our F6 range, delivering seamless power and fantastic responsiveness across all driving conditions," Quinn said.

Boss 315
The Boss 315 engine features a number of unique FPV engine upgrades and components:

* New camshaft timing and a new camshaft profile that gives higher lift and extended duration.
* The compression ratio has been increased from 10.5:1 to 11:1 for a major improvement in engine response and overall engine efficiency.
* Twin Plate Throttle Body improves volumetric efficiency and reduces pressure loss through the induction system.
* New upper intake manifold plenum chamber for optimised air flow.
* A new high flow �straight-through� twin exhaust system and new stainless steel exhaust manifolds which maximise powertrain sound quality and minimise back pressure.
* An increase in engine speed range, from 6000 rpm to 6500 rpm.
* New windage tray which reduces crankshaft windage engine parasitic losses.

The Boss 315 engine has also been equipped with a new oil pan, which has been designed to suit the new front structure design in the FG Falcon, along with new exhaust manifolds to suit the new body structure.

It also employs cylinder cut on gearshifts in automatic transmission vehicles, for improved shift timing and overall shift refinement.

Significant work was conducted to control and eliminate torsional vibration of the crankshaft, in order to achieve a higher rev range. This, combined with improvements to piston assembly strength and increases in engine volumetric efficiency, has allowed an increase of maximum revs from 6000 rpm to 6500 rpm.
FPV invested heavily in improving fuel efficiency and the Boss 315 provides a 4.8 percent improvement in fuel consumption with 14L/100km for the automatic transmission, down from 14.7L/100km in the BF MkII.

�It was always part of our brief to increase power and improve fuel efficiency, and by reducing losses and freeing the engine up we have increased the engine speed range. This means we�re able to get more air into the engine and that�s where we gain the extra power,� Quinn said.

FPV engineers conducted a substantial amount of durability testing, with a total of over 1800 hours of high speed load engine durability on the dyno, followed by thousands of kilometres of powertrain durability tests and a series of manifold shock testing.

FPV also conducted 18 months of solid calibration testing, particularly in the areas of knock control, base engine emissions and fuel economy.

�During our mechanical development, we created our designs then went chasing those designs and ideas with specific testing. We did a significant amount of development to optimise cam timing and valve lift, throttle body design and air cleaner filter selection,� Quinn said.

�We�ve broadened the torque curve so that it picks up better at a lower rev range and gives the driver easier access to torque, so you get that drive all across the rev range. By increasing the torque in the useable, mid-speed engine range we�ve also given the driver more flexibility in overtaking manoeuvres.�

"As a result, the car accelerates faster, while also feeling lighter and more powerful."

New six-speed manual

A new six-speed manual transmission has been introduced with the FG FPV range, the new Tremec TR6060.
The Tremec TR6060 is now fitted to all manual transmission variants in the FG FPV range � replacing the T56 six-speed manual on previous F6 and GT sedan and ute models.

"Revised fifth and sixth gear ratios on all manual transmissions has improved NVH and highway-cruise efficiency via the reduced engine speed for a given road speed in those gears.

"Also included in the range of developments on the new manual transmission is a new synchroniser package, which provides improved shift precision and shift feel, and reduced shift effort and travel."

The new synchroniser package features triple synchromesh on first and second gears, and double synchromesh on all other gears, including reverse, which has significantly reduced gear shift efforts and shift travel.

The reduced shift travel provided by the synchroniser package has also allowed increased space for the use of larger gears, which are stronger to deliver improved torque capacity and gearbox durability.

A new single-piece countershaft also contributes to the greater torque capacity and durability advancements.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the masked bandit look and the overall package. What I don't understand is why they gave it the proportions of a FWD car (front door cut almost to the wheel opening and a super long front overhang) while cars like the CTS, 300, G8, BMWs, etc. go for a more trim front overhang with the engine moved back for better balance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They must have taken styling queues from an emo band, what with all the eyeliner.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, but at least it is completly unoffensive. Ford should bring these over to America. The only good Ford Sedan is the Fusion-which may need a redesign soon-with new engines and everything. and with the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck to come out, these utes would be a great competitor for it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Guess why they dubbed it the Alice Cooper car.

        • 7 Years Ago
        It's sporting a super hero mask....does it shoot lasers or can it fly?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like its crying!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford! Why do you hate us Americans? You give us an aborted fetus of a car with the Focus, the bland, unexciting Fusion, and the lethargic and bland Taures and we put you on the MAP! Yet you give all the other contries the good cars, like the Focus RS, the FPV, the Mondeo... did we do something wrong a while back? Did we say something about another girl? I know, we didn't complement your cooking that one time, and you already felt bad and fat that day. Well, I think I speak for everone, I'm sorry, please bring us the good cars... We'll even buy you flowers... please!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a lame thing to notice but aren't those rear view mirrors pulled right off a volvo? Cool looking car though
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes - good spot - mirrors are from the volvo s40 but with a slightly modified design to suit the vehicle. a good thing in my books - ford finally deciding to use its global parts bin!

        to answer the earlier question - the turbo 6 outguns the V8 on everything except paper. peak torque on the v8 is around 4000ish -rpm while the turbo hits over 500nm of torque from 1900rpm!! the turbo is seriously quick - considering the xr6 turbo which this is based on with 40kw less has already been timed doing 0-100kph in 5.1 secs expect the FPV F6 to do it in well under 5 seconds

        the media down here has also agreed the new falcon dynamically beats the already good holden commodore (pontaic g8) in handling and suspension. the car is a blast to drive!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did they really have to copy the A4 head lamps and TL rear lamps so blatantly? Otherwise, I really like that GT-P sedan in yellow a lot!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know how you feel Eric L. Great job, Ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Americans, you will NEVER see the turbo engine stateside. It's going out of production next year

      If you poke around Australian motor sites reviews are starting to come out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The six delivers 415 horsepower and a tire-humbling 416 lb-ft of torque. " :O

      WTF!!! Seriously... I can't say anything else... WTF FORD! I was just looking at a Fusion, it's 3.0 V6 puts out 227 hp... WTF FORD!!! I'm offended!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am going to go against the sandy vag's here and say that I like it, well specifically the GT E trim. If Ford brought it over to the USA, it might actually turn the company around, but no, that would make FAR to much sense to actually bring over a great rwd sedan. Instead we get the craptacular Taurus, Focus, and Rustang.. *sigh*
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like the Falcon, but the "Rustang" and Taurus you refer to are also good cars. The Taurus isn't RWD and the Mustang doesn't have the most powerful engines or best interior but I would hardly refer to either as "craptacular".

        The Falcon is a good supplement to the cars we've got here, but it's hardly a fuel economy answer to a 4-cyl Fusion or upcoming Fiesta. I say bring over the Falcon and the European Focus and Fiesta in addition to the cars we already have and Ford will have an extremely strong passenger car lineup--Toyota beating, even.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Me too. Plus it looks way better than any Ford currently sold in North America. The only decent looking one is the Mustang.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car looks great, i found a review of how they drive at caradvice.com.au and plenty of pictures as well. There is the link. http://www.caradvice.com.au/12672/2008-fpv-range-first-steer/
      • 7 Years Ago
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