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Ford unveils the FG Falcon
Ford has taken the covers of its much hyped new FG Falcon. The exterior
showed off a more chiseled look than its predecessor, obviously inspired by
Ford kinetic design language already seen in the Mondeo. Sales start in
May, and the FPV high-performance versions will go on-sale June 2.
FG is the last hurrah for the Falcon as a unique Australian car. In 2010 it
trades its iconic locally-built 4.0-litre inline 6 for an imported V6. In
2012-13 it should adopt an all-new architecture that should be shared
globally amongst Ford's rear-wheel drive vehicles including the legendary
Mustang sports car. Long
term, Ford has yet to guarantee Falcon will continue to be locally-built.
While not a clean-sheet like Holden's 2006 VE Commodore, the FG is a
massive update of the BA/BF generation that includes all-new sheetmetal and
interior, upgraded engines and chassis and a claimed improvement in safety
structure that is expected to yield the first five star NCAP safety rating
for an Australian-built car. Front and side-front airbags will be standard
on all Falcon sedans, while only the entry-level XT misses out on curtains.
A reversing camera will be standard on higher level models. Stability
control will be standard on all models. Inside Ford is claiming an improved
driving environment and class-leading space, exploiting the new car's
flatter roof, slimmer doors, slimmer doors and all-new design. Egress and
ingress to the rear seat has been addressed with new wider-opening doors, a
big criticism of the old car.
Ford has crafted three distinct exterior looks for FG sedan to reflect the
three model channels that have been created. Significantly, all of them
will now wear the Falcon badge. Unsurprisingly the most conservative looker
is the XT, which continues as the base model aimed at fleet and family
markets. The Futura has been dropped. Next up are the more upmarket looking
Falcon G-Series models. G6 replaces Fairmont and G6E (E is for Europe)
replaces Fairmont Ghia. The G6E turbo
employs the 4.0-litre turbo previously
reserved for the XR6. The successful XR sports model lineup has the most
aggressive looks. Its lineup is familiar, including the base model XR6, the
XR6 turbo and the XR8, which is the only
V8 left in the lineup. The Falcon ute lineup hasn't been fully revealed,
but expect it to be trade oriented, in contrast to Holden's ute which
chases recreational customers. There will be an XR8 at the top of the
range, but like all other Falcon utes will continue to have leaf springs.
And there will be a Falcon wagon, but it will be a barely altered BF III
that stays in the range as a 'tool of trade' vehicle, with a leaf spring
rear-end and single 4.0-litre engine choice. Again, this contrasts with
Holden's racier Sportwagon. The FPV lineup now comprises seven models.
Stablity control is now standard on all models, there is a new six-speed
manual transmission and some names have changed. However, the GT and GT-P
badges continue. FPV has played a key role in the mainstream FG's engine
updates, donating its old 290kW 5.4-litre V8. The FG's turbo six is also uprated to 270kW while the
standard 4.0 is little changed in terms of outputs. However it does get a
five-speed auto to replace the old four-speed and this helps improve fuel
economy. The other engines are claimed to be thriftier too, something Ford
attributes to engine development work and a tiny 10kg lift in FG's kerb
weight. Ford's weight achievements in part due to the expensive decision to
use aluminium for some front suspension components. Chassis-wise, this is
also the area of major change as FG adopts the Virtual Pivot pioneered by
the Territory. The rear Control Blade suspension has been fettled, but
remains fundamentally the same. Add in new monotube dampers and improved
steering Ford promises this will be the best handling and riding Falcon
Test Drive Supercar Showdown 2008 - Ford FG Falcon F6
Here Test Drive shows examples of some beaut sport cars available in
Australia and pits them against eachother in the Supercar Showdown. Though,
I couldn't really call any of them 'Supercars'. What do you think?
2010 V8 Supercars Gold Coast Race2
The closing laps of the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar race from The Gold
Coast. Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen go door to door for the
closing laps of this race. It's one of the best of the season.
Mark Skaife - Retirement Interview
Neil Crompton interviews Mark Skaife before his final full-time drive in
the V8 Supercar Series, at Oran Park in December 2008.
This footage is Copyright (C) 2008, Seven Network Australia
Bathurst V8 Supercars
Bathurst V8 Supercars , highlights of accidents over the years and track
description from the drivers