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Melbourne 2009: FPV F6 E “Concept” breaks cover…

February 24, 2009

The FG-series FPV lineup is quite exciting. You have the usual F6 sedan and ute and the GT / GT-P / GT E sedan and Pursuit / Super Pursuit utes. We even now have the F6X Territory. Now if we go back to the GT range we see the “GT E”. This GT is a step above the rest in the matter of luxury. Sure, it still has the 315kW BOSS V8, but the suspension and interior alike have been ‘luxurised’ for a more smoother ride and handling. Ford has lacked this from the F6 side, so what to do come Melbourne International Motor Show time? I know! Make an F6 E “concept”.

2009 FPV F6 E "concept"

2009 FPV F6 E "concept"

Here is the press release with all the info…

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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