• Jul 4th 2008 at 8:38AM
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Ford Performance Vehicles' new range of Ford FG Falcon-derived super sedans and utes is mind-bendingly appealing. Big turbocharged or NA power, bright colors, and that menacing Alice Cooper eye makeup in front make for an entire farmer's market of forbidden fruit. Sure, on this side of the world, Ford's SVT performance division gives us the Shelby GT500 and the even more monstrous Shelby GT500KR -- but seriously, as hot as the factory super-Stangs are, the lineup of FPV rides you see above is hot enough to turn that desert sand into glass. Only, they can't -- because everything you see there is virtual. Both the backdrop and the cars are CGI. The photo-realistic vehicle models were created using the real cars' CAD data for a brand new FPV TV spot that premieres in Australia this Sunday. If you don't live in Oz, no worries -- FPV sent us a copy of the spot, which is now embedded after the jump for your enjoyment. And you will enjoy it. Right now, there's a void in our lives shaped like an all-black FPV F6, and this commercial's as close as we're going to come to filling it.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Look at Ford USA's lineup, then look at FPV's lineup. I hope Ford USA goes the way of the dodo. At least GM is trying (camaro based on the aussie platform, g8, g8 sport truck)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Is anyone else envisioning a future world where Ford and GM and Chrysler go under in the U.S...and Ford Europe and Oz and GM's Opel and Vauxhaul continue on?

        Now that would be ironic...Ford turns into a european brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should have used Mental Ray to make the cars more realistic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that explains why the surfaces look dull and fake.

      learn to do some ray tracing or something so they reflect light realistically.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's Ford, I wouldn't expect they were capable of much more than this :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ford is awesome. This TV spot reminds me of Need for Speed, Fast and the furious, and a little bit of Gone in 60 sec. Good spot. Congratulations.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As much as some in the USA would like to import this car, it will never make it there. Ford US won't release enough money for Ford Aus to redesign the platform to Left Hand Drive and to relocate the fuel tank from behind the rear axle to infront. All Australian Falcon based cars are the same. Sorry, I guess we will have to keep it here...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Again Ford. I'll be ignoring you until you bring in the good stuff!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone have any numbers or info on how well the G8 is doing over here? I've only seen one on the road and 2 that have been sitting at the dealership for over a month. That would be a good indication of whether or not these cars would be successful over here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Except the difference between these Fords and the GTO is that they wouldn't be renamed or remade into something they're not in the US like the Monaro was wearing the GTO name.

      Ford AU is not flush with cash. The "new" Falcon is actually heavily revised and the budget was nowhere near as huge as the investement Holden put into redesigning the Commodore (which is sold as the G8 and Holden spent $1billion on). Considering what Ford AU has to work with they did an amazing job.

      These fullsize muscle cars remain popular in Australia, fuel sippers are also popular but a substantial portion of the population will not except anything less than RWD and these high performance muscle models. The fuel consumption on them really isn't that bad either, nothing like the trucks, SUVs and crossover nonsense that was so popular here up until a few months ago.

      I actually saw a new Falcon in white with testing equipment on the road not too long ago. I wish I had a point and shoot camera so I could have caught it. They really are much bigger and much better looking in the flesh than they come off in photos.

      • 7 Years Ago
      a couple of points;

      what is the cost of gasoline a gallon in Australia?

      is Ford spending as much development money and attention of high mileage cars for Australia as they are here?

      I don't mean to be a spoil sport for many high performance junkies who read this blog and love
      neck snapping performance, but Ford's infatuation with special high performance models (ala the Mustang derivatives) shows how bereft they are of ideas on how to design and build a car for the masses who might love below 6 second 0 to 60 performance but who cannot afford it at $4 a gallon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gas is about $6.40 per gallon in Oz and the gov says they should raise the price.
        Personally I feel that is a good thing. Gas has been too cheap for way too long.

        • 7 Years Ago
        You do realize that ford themselves only put out 4 of the mustang variants (8 if you count convertibles), right? The rest are all put out by tuners, you know like what you think you are with your fart-can muffled import.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know the Territory is built on the same platform, but it's a "crossover"! LOL...another reason why we need it in America! it has "the name"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now instead of puting the 2.5 in the mustang... throw in the 4.0 I6 turbo from the F6... more power and much better economy than the 8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The I6 is a superb engine, it has massive amounts of torque from very low revs (even at 1300rpm it can produce most of its torque), and is a very flat torque curve up to its maximum.

        Unfortunately, they are going to stop making the I6 and import the Duratec 3.5 for it instead. I can't imagine the utes with the 3.5 being able to have a 1 tonne payload and still tow 2.5 tonne, I reckon it would probably overload the 3.5. Ford should get their priorities straight and update the I6 to meet the emission standards, given that the I6 doesn't have all of the fancy stuff the Duratec does it does an exceptional job. I'd love to see an aluminium I6 with updated heads, not that duratec crud. As far as economy goes, an updated say 3.3 I6 could be more economical than most of the 4's out there, seeing people with 4 cylinder cars have to drive them hard to get anywhere. The smaller I6 (there used to be a 3.3L version years ago) would be much more efficient as a replacement for larger 4's.

        A performance car could be a turbo'd 3.3L I6, it would still be fast! and be economical. Make a mid sized car around that, something which is more comfortable than a small car to drive, able to sit 5 people if needed (although not as well as a large car), and have a 240KW turbo 3.3L... Yes please!

        Unfortunately Ford won't do that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funnily enough, when Holden launched the VE Commodore in 2006 none of the cars used in the early advertising or press releases were real either, they were all CGI's based on the design modelling data.

      I wouldn't pan the ad too badly just yet, after all you're only seeing the low res internet version... Just wait until you can watch the HD version, I'm sure it'll be great. Oh wait, it's probably only us Aussies who'll get to do that!

      As for seeing the Falcon Stateside, you're chances are nil. The XG Falcons are sitting on a unique to Aus platform which is close to ten years old and despite the revisions for this current model it apparently can't support LHD, plus the I6 and I6T engines are also unique to Aus, and the design stretches back over 40 years. Emissions regs will see this engine phased out in 2009 or 2010 in favour of Ford's current US V6 (as fitted to the Flex). So this makes the chances of it appearing on US shores even slimmer.

      The next generation of Falcon is probably the best chance of seeing this car exported. So far the platform is undecided/unconfirmed, but apparently it will share a lot of components with the Mustang and may even replace the Crown Vic.

      Makes good economic sense to me - Until then however don't expect a G8 rival from the blue oval any time soon.
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