Ford’s greased lightning
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.