Rocket for the boss

It’s an FPV sedan for the ex­ec­u­tive who’s not a born showoff, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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’’.

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