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Steane Klose | Feb 27, 2009

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Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) revealed its all-new concept - the F6 E. The very production-ready concept sits alongside the GT E, and has HSV's E-Series Senator squarely in its sights. The F6 E Concept takes the brutal performance of the F6 range and adds a creamy dollop of luxury and style.

Check out the images following... the exterior and performance is balls-out (in a refined kind of way... er), but inside, leather and polished wood abounds.

As with the other members of the F6 family, 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.

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"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 turbocharged 4.0-litre is the excellent ZF six-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift as standard. FPV claims the F6 E will return an impressive 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 also shares 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.

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"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.

FPV has aimed the F6 E at the more conservative executive performance market. Gone are the Kiss Army style black bumper inserts, replaced with colour coded sections. Black chrome fills the grille and lower air intake and high chome bezels surround the fog lamps.

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 to work in conjunction with the premium Brembo brake package while the Alpine Silver alloy finish completes FPV's understated yet stylish exterior package.

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In keeping with the more sedate image of the F6 E, the wild hero colours are gone, instead eight more subtle shades are on offer - Winter White, Silhouette, Lightning Strike, Velvet, Sensation, Steel, Ego, and Seduce.

Inside, the cabin is trimmed in dark charcoal tones while dark walnut woodgrain makes its first appearance in the FG range. Luxurious shadow leather FPV seats featuring an F6 E logo embossed on the headrests are also part of the package.

Inside the F6 E comes with a host of 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 covers.

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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 said.

Like the rest of the FPV range, safety plays a big role too, 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.

Despite the F6 E's 'concept' status, a full colour range and very production feasable styling package mean that if buyer demand warrants then the plush new FPV is very to find space on the showroom floor.

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