Rocket for the boss
It’s an FPV sedan for the executive who’s not a born showoff, writes NEIL McDONALD
AT FORD Performance Vehicles, E now stands for executive express. FPV has the well-heeled performance buyer in mind with a target price of $78,190 for its F6 E sedan, the same price as the 5.4-litre V8 GT-E.
Though the photos show an almost production-ready concept, the F6 E is a toe-in-the-water exercise to gauge public reaction.
Ford Performance Vehicles general manager Rod Barrett says it does not signal a move away from V8s in the FPV line-up.
‘‘Not at all. If it goes ahead it will be a viable addition,’’ he says.
‘‘We sold 101 GT-Es last year, which is good for a luxury V8. But there’s room for a luxury sixcylinder in our portfolio.’’
Barrett says if the public response is good the car will go into production with a sales forecast of 100 a year.
He says the F6 E is designed to satisfy calls for more subtly styled performance-based executive se- dans. It is a ‘‘natural progression’’ from the F6 and GT-E but less in your face.
Among the specifications are eight signature colours for the hot Ford.
The colour palette is softer and the cabin has more luxury finishes and trim.
‘‘The F6 E suits those drivers who want the power and performance of an F6 but finished in a more conservative package that isn’t going to leave everyone staring at them,’’ Barrett says.
The concept has 19-inch Alpine Silver alloys matched to a premium Brembo brake package and a subtle rear spoiler. The upper radiator and lower bumper grille mesh are black chrome.
The cabin has luxury FPV shadow leather seats with the F6 E logo embossed on the headrests, a sports leather steering wheel and adjustable alloy pedals.
The F6 E is powered by the proven turbocharged 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, producing 310kW at 5500 revs and 565Nm from 1950 to 5200 revs. The power goes through a sequential shift ZF six-speed automatic.
A sports suspension set-up is teamed with new Sachs monoshock dampers to provide a balance between a firm, dynamic feel and ride comfort while cruising.
Not so flamboyant: the F6 E sedan is more conservative inside and out. Ford Performance Vehicles says it is ‘‘trying to cater for every person out there who wants a performance luxury car’’.