IThe glistening colour would announce to everyone you had something “special”.
Our test car was in white – white goods white, but that didn’t detract from it as a great car to drive, at a value price.
The regular G6E Turbo tops out Ford’s range in Australia selling for a snip under $60,000 but the 50th Anniversary is an absolute bargain at $54,950.
You get a whole lot of extra value for less money. How does Ford do it?
Differentiating the 50th G6E Turbo is a range of goodies like so called “stealth” paint outs dotted around the body, 50th logo leather seats, exterior badges, mats, trim enhancements and 19in 10-spoke alloys.
That’s on top of all the other goodies you’d expect in top dog Falcon. There’s things like multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth phone, full iPod connectivity, premium audio, reversing camera and auto headlights. But satnav is optional.
It’s a well equipped beast that leaves little to be desired in terms of creature comforts. The recent upgrade to FG Falcon brought with it powertrain upgrades for better fuel economy and other detail changes.
The G6E Turbo runs a 4.0-litre, 270kW/533Nm turbo six-cylinder engine with impressive performance aided by a slick shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the high performance G6E Turbo averages 11.7-litres/100km – not bad in a 1700kg four door sedan capable of putting away a 0-100kmh sprint in the five second bracket.
Handling is softer than the XR6 Turbo but more liveable on a day to day basis. The G6E turbo has performance brakes and suspension to go with the high output engine.
It gets out of the blocks like a shot and fairly rips to the speed limit in a flash. Gear changes are accompanied by a pleasing exhaust pop as the engine shuts down for changes. But there aren’t any paddles to play with – only the sequential shifter on the selector stick.
Weight tells a bit in tight corners and sport mode in the transmission activates the stability control too soon for some reason. It’s characterised by brake application just when you don’t want or need it.
Other dynamics aspects of the G6E Turbo are impressive including the well weighted and responsive steering and the grippy tyres.
Practicalities are looked after with split folding rear seats leading into a large boot, five comfy seats, plenty of interior room and numerous storage compartments dotted around the cabin.
It’s a good looker too inside and out, emphasised by the large wheels and lower ride height. The sound is pretty bad though, like a vacuum cleaner. With the FG model comes Euro 4 emissions compliance and all Falcons score a five star crash rating.
Having driven and enjoyed this impressive local sedan, we wonder how the upcoming four cylinder Falcon is going to shape up, especially considering what is currently on offer.