Ford’s polished performers
Upgraded FPVs get cleaner engines, writes Stuart Martin
MORE badges and lower emissions headline the FPV range upgrade before much-anticipated V8s later this year. FPV parent company Prodrive engineered the Euro IV changes for the Ford and FPV versions of the turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
FPV head of powertrain and chassis Bernie Quinn says it made sense for one group to do both jobs. ‘‘The big change was a new catalyst,’’ he says. ‘‘We’ve gone to a latest-generation metal matrix catalyst.’’
Quinn says the catalyst quickly heats up to cut the powerplant’s emissions to meet the Euro IV regulations without sacrificing prices or outputs.
‘‘It gives us a very efficient catalyst that gives us low back pressure. We get the emissions drop and maintain the performance of the turbocharged vehicles,’’ he says.
‘‘The catalyst we have used is usually used on things like Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches. It’s the first time it’s been used on anything from Ford in Australia.’’
The performance arm of Ford Australia has increased the number of FPV badges on its range of Falcon-based models, adding its logo to the steering wheel, dashboard and key ring.
FPV spokesman Dave Harding says the F6 side of the range will remain more subtle than the new V8-powered GT models due later this year.
‘‘There’s a fair bit more we can do with the engineering over the aesthetics,’’ Harding says. ‘‘It’s just an evolution of the brand. We’re not heading into a more overt area. The F6 has always been a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
‘‘The GT is a different kettle of fish. It’s always been the bolder styling statement.’’
FPV general manager Rod Barrett says: ‘‘We are always striving to give our cars a unique personality and a presence that we know appeals to our buyers. The compliance with Euro IV has given us the opportunity to introduce these running changes, without affecting the cost to our customers.
‘‘And this is just a forerunner, of course. We also have a very exciting new range of V8 models coming later in the year,’’ he says.
The revamped FPV F6 range— in both sedan and utility — is on sale now with unchanged price tags.
The F6 is priced from $67,890 for both sixspeed manual and automatic, the F6 E starts at $79,740 and the F6 Ute is $58,990 for manual and auto.
Subtle touches: the upgraded FPV F6 E has lower emissions and more badges (inset).