Ford’s greased light­ning

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide -

POWER wars are rag­ing around the world. In Europe, BMW and Benz are blitz­ing cus­tomers with all sorts of hot-rod mod­els, in­clud­ing the SL63 Mercedes, which was de­vel­oped from the For­mula One pace car.

Here, Ford and Holden are tak­ing things to a new level.

The new FG Fal­con will in­clude cars from Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles, com­plete with power up­grades for the tur­bocharged six and the V8.

FPV has al­ready lit the fuse by an­nounc­ing power fig­ures for the en­gines.

The F6 mod­els will have a turbo six with 310kW, and the 5.4-litre V8 will go up to 315kW.

The num­bers are good news for Ford fans, and could worry Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles, though HSV is also up­grad­ing its 5.7 V8.

FPV says the en­gine im­prove­ments are some of the best ever, with the F6 mo­tor jump­ing 40kW and the V8 im­prov­ing 13kW.

To keep things clear, the new en­gines will have 565Nm in the turbo and 551Nm in the V8.

‘‘Af­ter two years of test­ing and de­vel­op­ment we have two new en­gine vari­ants that will de­liver big per­for­mance,’’ FPV gen­eral man­ager Rod Bar­rett says.

The V8 is an ob­vi­ous stand­out, as al­ways, but the F6 looks likely to win even more fans.

‘‘The F6 is an amaz­ing car, with per­for­mance equal to or bet­ter than many Euro­pean sports cars but at a frac­tion of the price.’’ Bar­rett says.

The turbo mo­tor will go into the FG-se­ries F6 sedan and ute. The Boss V8 is set for the GT E, GT-P and GT sedans and Su­per Pur­suit and Pur­suit utes.

Not sur­pris­ingly, all new mod- els will have ei­ther 315 or 310 badges.

Then there is HSV. It in­tro­duced its E-Se­ries mod­els with 307kW from its V8 but is now up­grad­ing.

And it’s not sur­pris­ing that Holden will trump the new Fords — just — with 317kW.

‘‘We have just got ac­cess to an en­gine up­grade from the US. We are mov­ing to 317kW from now,’’ HSV man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Scott Grant says. ‘‘It’s gen­er­ally the same level of econ­omy for more power.’’

Grant says he is gen­uinely happy about the FPV im­prove­ments and keen to see the new Fords do well.

‘‘I’d like them to be ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, to the tune of one or two cars less than us,’’ he says.

Roar­ing into bat­tle: the new Fal­con FPV GT will con­tinue the power war be­tween Ford and Holden.

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