Ford FPV emblem. (Ford Performance Vehicles).
Ford Performance Vehicles has unveiled its bold new range of high-performance vehicles at the 2005 Australian International Motor Show. For the first time since FPV was launched in September 2002, the BF range will consist of a full product lineup of six high-performance models: GT, GT-P, Pursuit, Super Pursuit, F6 Typhoon and F6 Tornado.
The addition of the ZF six-speed automatic transmission has allowed FPV to increase its product portfolio with, for the first time, an automatic gearbox available as an option on the turbo-charged F6 Typhoon and F6 Tornado.
Never has an Australian-built production car range contained so many technologically-advanced performance driving features. The new ZF six-speed automatic transmission or the close-ratio Tremec T56 six-speed manual, the Boss 290 quad cam V8 or the F6 270 Turbo with its twin-plate clutch, the award-winning Control Blade independent rear suspension system, Brembo brakes and the outstanding Falcon chassis, all combine to offer the very best range of vehicles yet from FPV.
Complementing these mechanical features, the BF FPV range introduces an aggressive new styling theme with greater visual distinction between Boss 290 V8-powered and F6 270 Turbo-powered models, and more options for customers to personalize their vehicle.
Building on its reputation for innovation, FPV has introduced a pair of luxury performance models, Force 6 and Force 8. The Force models - powered either by the F6 270 Turbo in the Force 6 or the Quad Cam Boss 290 V8 in the Force 8 and available exclusively with the world-class ZF 6HP26 six-speed automatic transmission - are designed to extend the appeal of Ford Performance Vehicles, blending the ultimate in performance with luxurious interior appointments and subtle exterior styling.
For the first time, the highly praised ZF high-torque six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift will be offered as a no-cost option across the entire FPV range. Leather seats, formerly a $2750 (RRP) option in sedans and $1850 (RRP) in Utes, will be available across the range for just $995 (RRP) with the exception of the GT-P and Super Pursuit where leather seats are now standard.
The F6 Typhoon and F6 Tornado now feature 19-inch alloy wheels, fitted with high-performance Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 245/35 ZR19 tyres, as standard equipment. The striking new five-spoke wheel design features a contrasting Dark Argent rim against a machined alloy face for maximum visual impact. The popular 19-inch Dark Argent five-spoke alloy wheel introduced with the BF model last year will remain as an option on F6 models at a recommended retail price of $795.
The F6 Typhoon and F6 Tornado also receive styling improvements with the introduction of accent-coloured driving light surrounds providing greater impact and instant recognition of the BF MkII F6 variants.
The iconic GT and GT-P both feature an updated stripe package, the design of which was inspired by the legendary Bathurst-winning XY GT, with a bold line highlighted by a thin keyline that links together in the rear section. The stripes and hood decal are available as a $595 (RRP) option on GT and remain a no-cost option on the GT-P.
The optional stripe package has also been revised on the Pursuit and Super Pursuit utes with a unique design that incorporates an element of the "Bird of Prey" featured in the FPV brand logo. The revised stripe package for Pursuit is available as a $595 option and is a no-cost option on the range-topping Super Pursuit ute.
Inside the cockpit, all FPV models now come with the high-quality performance steering wheel as standard equipment, while the air conditioning vents feature upgraded chrome adjusters to further emphasise the premium nature of the FPV range.
FPV will also introduce, as part of the BF MkII upgrade, an optional integrated in-car Bluetooth mobile telephone system and MP3 player/iPod adapter kit. These features will be available as accessories through FPV Dealers.
The arrival of the BF MkII range also coincides with the introduction of three bold new colours to the palette: Neo, Breeze and Octane. Neo is a vivid blue, Breeze is a deep turquoise, while Octane sees the return of orange to the colour range.
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