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Steane Klose | Feb 23, 2009

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) has today announced an all-new concept - the F6 E. Lining up alongside the GT E, and with HSV's E-Series Senator squarely in its sights, the F6 E Concept looks to combine brutal performance with a bucket load of luxury and style. It also appears to be production ready...

As the F6 moniker suggests, power is provided by FPV's high performance 4.0 litre turbo-charged DOHC 24 valve in-line six. That means that the F6 E will be packing 310kW and 565Nm.

"The F6 E has been designed to satisfy calls from the market for more performance based executive vehicles," Ford Performance Vehicles General Manager Rod Barrett said.

Coupled to the blown 4.0-litre is the wonderful ZF six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift as standard. FPV are claiming a very reasonable fuel economy figure of 12.1 l/100km.

"With the success of the new F6 and GT E, it was a natural progression to couple the performance and dynamics of F6 with the more subtle executive styling, luxury and comforts of the GT E.

The F6 E receives the same Brembo brake package that is fitted as standard to the FPV 5th Anniversary GT. That means there are performance 355 x 32mm cross-drilled and ventilated front rotors with 6-piston calipers and 330 x 28mm cross-drilled and ventilated rear rotors with four-piston calipers.

"Feed back from our customers leaves us confident that the F6 E will be a hit with those looking for something more from their performance vehicle. With the release of this concept we will test the market's reaction before deciding whether or not to put the F6 E into production," Barrett added.

With the F6 E concept, FPV has targeted the more conservative performance market. The trademark FG 'racoon eyes' have been colour coded,the upper radiator and lower bumper grille mesh are finished in black chrome, while the front driving lamps are highlighted with a high chrome bezel and complemented by full body coloured bumpers.

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The new FPV badge takes centre stage on both the front and rear of the vehicle, while F6 E badges features on the rear and side panels.

The 19-inch wheels have been designed work in harmony with the premium Brembo brake package and the Alpine Silver alloy finish completes what FPV refer to as an understated yet stylish exterior package.

Befitting its toned-down styling, the F6 E is available in a choice of eight subtle exterior colours - Winter White, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Velvet, Sensation, Steel, Ego, and Seduce.

Inside the cabin, the theme is charcoal and dark walnut woodgrain, with the luxury shadow leather FPV seats featuring an F6 E logo embossed on the headrests.

As befits a luxury vehicle, the interior is loaded with premium features, including a sports leather steering wheel with cruise control and audio mounted switches, dual zone temperature control air conditioning, front and rear power windows, and memory adjustable pedals with alloy pedal controls.

The F6 E shares the FPV range's sports suspension that now uses Sachs mono-tube shocks. FPV says it provides "the perfect balance between a firm, dynamic sports performance feel and maintaining ride comfort while cruising".

"The F6 E has an improved turn-in response and linearity, better steering precision and stability mid-corner and a reduced roll rate, which all work to deliver a smooth and controlled ride," Quinn explained.

Like the rest of the FPV range, safety is high on the agenda, with the F6 E being equipped with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and side curtain airbags, both of which are now standard across the entire FPV range.

Other safety features include Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and four-channel Anti lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger airbags and Beltminder technology for both the driver and passenger.

In addition, the F6 E also features a reverse parking camera and reverse sensing system as standard.

FPV says that its target pricing for the F6 E is $78,190. Nothing is certain in the current economic environment, but this is one car we most definitely would like to see taken from concept to production.

Head along to the Show folks and make it known to FPV that this is one executive hot-rod that must hit the streets!

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