• Feb 23, 2009

Click above for a gallery of the FPV F6 E concept

The Blue Oval's FPV F6 is relentlessly awesome. Loud colors. Alice Cooper eye makeup. Blistering, turbocharged inline-six power. It drops the full musclecar ethos onto a completely modern Australian performance sedan. We love it, but it may not necessarily be for everybody. Ford Performance Vehicles knows this, and the F6's V8-powered evil twin, the FPV GT, gets an additional, more subdued "E" trim level. Darker colors. No decals. No "eye black.". It's a more conservative Aussie muscle machine.

When the Melbourne Motor Show opens its doors in a few days, the FPV stand will be home to a very production-ready-looking F6 E "concept." Don't let its rather sedate appearance fool you. Underhood, you'll still find the 415-horsepower, 416 lb-ft , 4.0-liter turbo-six. Ford's performance mavens say they're using the F6 E concept car to determine whether there's demand for a production version. We think that decision's obviously been made already. After all, why else would the PR mention things like the color selection and theoretical starting price? Face it, you lucky SOBs Down Under are getting yet another tasty entree added to your street missile buffet. Official press release after the jump.


[Source: FPV]

PRESS RELEASE:
FPV Reveals the Stylish F6 E Concept

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has today set a new benchmark in executive styling and performance with the release of an all-new concept, the F6 E.

"The F6 E has been designed to satisfy calls from the market for more performance based executive vehicles," Ford Performance Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett said.

"With the success of the new F6 and GT E, it was a natural progression to couple the performance and dynamics of F6 with the more subtle executive styling, luxury and comforts of the GT E.

"With the release of this concept we will test the market's reaction before deciding whether or not to put the F6 E into production," Barrett added.

"Feed back from our customers leaves us confident that the F6 E will be a hit with those looking for something more from their performance vehicle."

Powered by the high performance 4.0 litre turbo-charged DOHC 24 valve in-line six, the F6 E produces maximum power of 310kW at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 565Nm across the range from 1950 to 5200 rpm.

The new F6 E features the ZF six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift as standard and boasts a fuel economy figure of 12.1L/100km.

The F6 E receives performance 355 x 32mm cross-drilled and ventilated front rotors with Brembo 6-piston calipers and 330 x 28mm cross-drilled and ventilated rear rotors with Brembo 4-piston caliper as standard.

"The F6 E suits those drivers who want the same power and performance of an F6 but finished in a more conservatively styled package that isn't going to leave everyone staring at them."

Executive styling

"The styling of the F6 E differentiates itself from its F6 sibling through the use of a softer colour palette and more luxurious finishes and trim," Barrett said.

"As opposed to the overtly sporty F6, the F6 E is more subtle, with striking chrome accents and a refined lip spoiler replacing the bright colours, and large rear wings found on the other models - the colour coding of the 'racoon-eyes' also helps the F6 E to keep a 'low profile'."

The upper radiator and lower bumper grille mesh are finished in black chrome, while the front driving lamps are highlighted with a high chrome bezel and complemented by full body coloured bumpers.

The new FPV badge takes centre stage on both the front and rear of the vehicle and the new F6 E badge features on the rear and side panels.

The 19-inch wheel design was custom matched to the F6 E's premium Brembo brake package and the Alpine Silver alloy finish completes an understated yet stylish exterior package.

The F6 E is available in a subtle exterior palette of eight colours - Winter White, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Velvet, Sensation, Steel, Ego, and Seduce.

Inside the cabin, the F6 E features luxury FPV seats in shadow leather with the F6 E logo embossed on the headrests.

The interior environment of the F6 E is charcoal and receives a dark walnut woodgrain finish on the dashboard as well as the doors.

The interior is packed with features to ensure a premium driving experience, including a sports leather steering wheel with cruise control and audio mounted switches, dual zone temperature control air conditioning, front and rear power windows, and memory adjustable pedals with alloy pedal controls.

Sports performance maintains ride comfort

"The F6 E gives increased response to the accelerator pedal throughout the rev range, but also provides around town driveability due to better access to torque," FPV Head of Powertrain Engineering Bernie Quinn said.

The automatic transmission has a cylinder cut feature during wide open throttle gear changes, which shortens the 'torque off, torque-back-on' time between gear changes, enhancing the wide open throttle performance feel.

"The result is a vehicle with outstanding performance, better engine response and fuel efficiency, and improved operating performance under all conditions.

"The F6 E has an improved turn-in response and linearity, better steering precision and stability mid-corner and a reduced roll rate, which all work to deliver a smooth and controlled ride," Quinn explained.

The FPV performance independent double wish bone front suspension and performance control independent rear suspension teamed up with the new Sachs mono-shock damper provides the perfect balance between a firm, dynamic sports performance feel and maintaining ride comfort while cruising.

Safety is standard in the F6 E

The F6 E is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and side curtain airbags, both of which are now standard across the entire FPV range.

In addition, the F6 E also features a reverse parking camera and reverse sensing system as standard.

Other safety features include Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and 4-channel Anti lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger airbags and Beltminder technology for both the driver and passenger.

The F6 E is protected by a remote alarm and FPV's ID Datadot identification

Target pricing for the F6 E would be $78,190.


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  • 34 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't we get any of the cool Fords????
      • 5 Years Ago
      ooh reflector-housed headlamps

      going for the retro look it seems!

      ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      the blue 4x4 ute - toyota hilux
      the white 4x2 ute - fpv ute
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, let'us wait for the hordes of posts clamoring for Ford to bring this product to the U.S, and if they do just watch as sales languish as the G8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now THIS is a REAL Ford.

      Vastly superior to any of the bland, automotive appliances that Ford peddles here.

      Ford,

      Quit with the crap and bring your good vehicles to the USA! Then there will be a REAL reason to Drive One.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah but the Ford fans in North America won't listen to you. They are perfectly fine with 10yr old Focii and extremely heavy, overpriced Taurus which are seen as some sort of groundbreaking vehicles in an era when Ford can barely sell cars but apaprently a low MPG, high-HP, pricey vehicle will be a sales hit in a recession.

      • 5 Years Ago
      i see TL and Accord/TSX in this... ALOT
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, the SHO has just been officially released and no one has driven it. Yet, everyone knows the Falcon drives so much better than the SHO, tho almost no one here has ever driven a Falcon.

      Cristal balls FTW.

      About the Falcon, this is a great looking car, with a great engine and, for what is visible, a very nice interior. Those front head restraints are from Volvo, which is great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Falcon is smaller, lighter, and has had a great performance history in Australia. The Falcon is actually the main competitor to the Holden Commodore. You've see all the great press the G8 GT has gotten right? Well that's the Holden Commodore. For those Blue Oval fans, this is the car (read: the ONLY car) that can compete fairly and directly with the G8 GT/Commodore.

        These cars are known for great performance, great handling, and good interior features.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy mama!! Why do we get such crap here in the states and Ford sells simply hotness in Aussie and UK? Wow, and Ford wonders why they lost to the imports, because they EXPORTING the hotness! That is a nice domestic right there. Drop that SHO Taurus crap and bring this baby here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I personally prefer the Taurus in terms of the interior, but the Falcon outclasses the Taurus by every other metric possible. I don't know why the dunces at Ford didn't bring this thing here. Fuel economy shouldn't be an issue with this thing (not with those turbocharged/supercharged I6s).
      Anyway, is this thing powered by an I6 or a V8 (FPV GT, I mean)? I'm confused.
        • 5 Years Ago
        quotef rom P.V.: -
        :Anyway, is this thing powered by an I6 or a V8 (FPV GT, I mean)? I'm confused." -

        Both, depends on which one you want.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/04/14/ford-releases-specs-on-new-fpv-falcons/

        The turbo I-6 is the newer option, and is faster, but the v8 remains for those who still want the V8 rumble with their FPV.

        A more accurate answer to your question though is that the GT has the V8 while the F6 has the I-6. Both are available though.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Such a nice design.

      Darn you, Ford of Down Under.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VASTLY superior to the recently unveiled SHO super sized, super heavyweight, super high priced rental car. The hottest Falcons put our cheap plastic Taurus on the barbie for sure.

      FPV will have more to show off next year when they adopt Ford's new 5.0L or 6.2L BOSS V8 as well.

      Six or eight, you can't go wrong with FPV's super muscle cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        However where its not vastly superiour is the 6spd auto that it seems to share with the SHO. If it where truely vastly superior it would have come with a manual or a dsg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not 100% sure, but isn't the FPV F6 about the same weight as Taurus AWD? I have no idea what TSho's curb weight is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the car looks great. but what is that white truck in the background. now that thing looks nice
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