More punch with better fuel economy
Ford’s high-performance arm, FPV, says its new Falcon F6 turbocar delivers a significant fuel economy improvement along with horsepower and torque boosts.
The new FPV range, unveiled in May, is based on Ford’s new FG Falcon which has started to arrive in New Zealand and goes on sale in June. The turbo flagship F6 is powered by the 4.0-litre DOHC 24 valve in-line six cylinder motor which has been tweaked to produce maximum power of 310kW at 5500rpm. Peak torque of 565Nm is developed from 1950 to 5200rpm. To achieve the 40kW increase, FPV engineers strengthened the piston design and cranked up the turbocharger boost.
A new intake system has improved airflow from the air intake to the engine head inlet, which substantially reduces pressure drop without any loss of boost capability.
Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) boss, Rod Barrett, says the power and torque improvements haven’t detracted from the car’s driveability or fuel economy. He says the F^ is capable of of 12.3 l.itres/100km with the six-speed manual transmission and a slightly better 12.1 litres/100km in automatic guise. Barrett says that translates to a seven percent improvement over the BF automatic F6, and a nine percent manual improvement over the previous manual.
F6 buyers can choose between the performance TR6060 six-speed manual or the ZF six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift, with both costing the same amount. Matching the increased power is a premium FPV performance brake package, featuring 335mm by 32mm front disc rotors with Brembo four-piston calipers and 328mm by 26mm rear rotors with single red piston calliper.
It has re-designed inlet and exhaust systems, a strengthened piston and conrod assembly and a totally re-calibrated engine to maximise response and driveability. Barrett says more than 23,000 hours were spent in design and validation, with durability testing and calibration conducted across Australia and track testing performed at Winton Raceway in Victoria.
“The F6 gives increased response to the accelerator pedal throughout the rev range, but also provides around town driveability due to better access to torque,” says FPV’s head of powertrain engineering, Bernie Quinn.
The automatic transmission has a cylinder cut feature during wide open throttle gearchanges, which shortens the torque off, torque-back-on time between gear changes, enhancing the wide open throttle performance feel. Using the FG Falcon XR6’s suspension geometry as a basis, FPV revised the spring rates and the ZF Sachs monotube damper calibration to create a performance suspension that suits both road and track driving.
“The F6 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,” says Quinn.
The F6 gets dark headlight accents and a titanium mesh grille. The grille on the lower air intake has been removed, making the mechanicals of the larger intercooler a visible and an integral part of what FPV terms “the F6’s tough exterior presence.”
A prominent feature of the new generation F6 is the FPV badge, which is placed on both the front grille and rear bootlid. F6 310 badges are positioned on the sides and rear of the vehicle.
The new graphite headlight accents are matched to the 19-inch machine faced alloy wheels with Graphite accents, and an optional F6 Graphite wheel is available.
The F6 is available in 11 exterior colours – Winter White, Vixen, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Sensation, Steel, Ego, Breeze, Nitro, Octane and Dash. Inside the cabin, the F6 is distinguished from Ford’s XR6 by its charcoal colouring with optical check accents, the unique FPV starter button and blue illumination dial with unique FPV graphics.
The F6 logo is embroidered on the sports seats which are upholstered in Shadow cloth with suede-feel bolsters and silver stitching. Shadow Leather sports seats are an option.
The sports-style steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and the F6 has dual-zone temperature control air conditioning, front and rear power windows and alloy pedal covers.
For the first time, the F6 is equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and side curtain airbags. Other safety features include Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger airbags, and Beltminder technology for the driver. The F6 is protected by a remote alarm and FPV’s Datadot identification. FPV Falcons are due here in June; prices are yet to be announced.