• Nov 21, 2008

"No, thanks," says Ford of Australia to the Duratec V6. Instead, Ford of Oz will invest $21 million to upgrade its homegrown inline six-cylinder and keep the invading powerplant out. The ongoing commitment to its own engine saves jobs at Ford's Geelong plant, as well as keeps local Australian suppliers healthy. It doesn't make any sense for gaskets, castings, bearings and other various parts to come from some other continent, so it's a piece of good news for the economy in Victoria. The engine will be freshened to meet Euro IV emissions standards and will keep thundering away down under with exemplary second-order vibration characteristics. The Falcon, Falcon Ute, and Territory will continue to be homegrown products with homegrown hearts, that we still badly want here in he States. C'mon Ford, if Pontiac can do it, you can, too. Thanks for the tip, everyone!

[Source: GeelongAdvertiser]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the inline-6 in my wife's Bimmer. I wonder how I would take this Aussie inline-6.

      The big problem with Automakers making products for the USA is that they are all caught up on the V thing. Stupid is as stupid does, my momma use to say. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Omg Ford! Why can't you bring that cool foreign stuff here, even though I have no idea how it compares to our home grown 6-banger!!! Blah blah blah

      import everything blah blah
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm from down here in Oz, and i can tell you we are pretty happy ford decided to keep the Inline 6, not just for the jobs of the 900 people in Geelong but this motor is superior to all the V6s its competing with. there are 3 versions of the I6. This latest version is the sweetest sounding yet! A very deep note it puts out when revved hard.. sounds good :) Wheel spin is no problem with traction control off. The naturally aspirated version, puts out 261hp and 270hp (6000rpm) on premium. And fuel consumption is pretty good at 23.2MPG on the 6spd and 22.4 on the 5spd. And these motors are put to duty as taxis... and do over a million miles. We dont want the V6 from the US if it cant provide the torque the inline 6 can.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Duratech lacks the V8 like torque that the Falcon Inline 6 produces though.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Lee,

          The Falcon I6 has a half-liter displacement advantage over the D35. If it didn't make more torque, that'd be a problem.
          • 6 Years Ago
          True, but that then begs the question, why the hell are Ford persevering with the less powerful and less efficient 4.0 V6 in the Mustang?
        • 6 Years Ago
        BTW, that falcon in the top picture the F6, thats 415hp with just 12psi boost on a single turbo and immense torque, 416ft-lbs from just 1950rpm. It kills the Pontiac in every regard. The biggest problem is getting the power down. It will spin the rear wheels in 3rd gear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      forget bringing the falcon over here... they won't do that. Even Chevy and Dodge are developing electric cars, for thinks they can make whatever stupid decision they want and they'll survive. They have an invincibility complex.

      What SHOULD be done... is selling this hot little engine as a crate motor... I'd drop one into one of those new superformance 32' ford replica kits...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent news, and congrats to Geelong, and to Ford Oz. I'd love to drive one of those someday. And yes, please send us some here in the states (the car *and* the engine).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have guessed exchange rates made it far less favorable than just 6 months ago. Along with the Australian government's investment, it probably looked like easy cash for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would do the same thing...resist Ford NA at all costs.

      If not...all of the Oz cars will become appliances too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank goodness. I thought it was crappy when I heard they were getting rid of the I6 originally.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Falcon is a bad ass looking car. Ford should bring it on over here. These Austrailan and European models are the sporty cars that will bring the youth on board for Ford. Here in the states we get the old fart models minus the Mustang. The Flex looks like a Cigar box on wheels. The Edge looks like a moon buggy. The Fusion is nice, should have been the next generation Taurus. The Fiesta will be a welcome addition to the US line up. How about the Falcon as a competiter to the Pontiac G8?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a 2003 BA Ford Fairlane. The fairlane is the long-wheelbase luxury version of the falcon. I have a good friend who is a dealer and he kitted it out for me. It started off with an earlier version of this same straight six. we transplanted the turbo engine from the F6 Typhoon into my car instead of the nat-aspo version it came with, swapped suspension and six speed manual as well. fitted the typhoon front and rear bars and i ended up with a car that with a bit of work made 400hp, looked like i was in the mafia (black), handled well for such a big barge and went like the clappers. my favourite car ever. my new passat doesnt really compare. Anyway, point is, its a great engine, ridiculously tuneable, quite fuel efficient in recent designs (it beats a 2.4 4cyl camry) and puts out around 300hp is base trim...whats not to like. oh and its cheap, very cheap as theres is huge demand from the taxi market here in oz cos the governemnt mandates taxis have their engines swapped every so often for some reason.

      another commenter posted on the exchange rate, well that same issue works in the cars favour if they decide to export, and even if it doesnt sell really well, its still a huge success for ford australia, because their plant isnt geared for millions of units, only about 250,000 maximum which they've never reached.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's the turbo that comes standard on the XR6? Isn't it something absurd like a Garrett GT35?

      do want.
        • 6 Years Ago
        l Maximum power - 310kW l Maximum torque - 565Nm^ l High performance 4.0 litre turbo-charged DOHC 24 valve inline 6 with Garrett GT3540 turbo
        l 355 x 32mm cross drilled and ventilated front rotors with Brembo 4 piston calipers and 328 x 26mm cross drilled and ventilated rear rotors with single red
        piston caliper l TR6060 6-speed manual transmission or ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift (NCO) l FPV 19” x 8.0 Alloy wheel fitted
        with 245/35ZR 19 Dunlop Sport Maxx tyre l Dynamic stability control l Driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags plus front seat side thorax airbags

        http://www.fpv.com.au/f6_brochure.pdf
      • 6 Years Ago
      i have an uncle who works in ford and he always takes me for stupid when he says "we leave that stuff in foreign countries to make sure they are good in quality, because here on the states we have the best of the best of the world".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would love to see the Falcon on these shores, if not just to finally have a contemporary RWD four-door sedan from Ford. Moreover, the superiority of an inline 6 compared to the V8 leaves me jealous of the Aussies-- too Ford doesn't offer it at least as a base engine for the Mustang. Alas, we're stuck with coarse V6s because their shorter dimensions better fit the transversely in FWD platforms. Just another reason (and there are many) that I dislike FWD cars.
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