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In six-speed auto BF-series guise, FPV's F6 Tornado blows its rivals to to the weeds

21 Apr 2006

TAKE a glance at the specs of Ford Performance Vehicles’ F6 Tornado ute. Sharing its 270kW/550Nm 4.0-litre turbo-six engine with the Typhoon sedan, the Tornado combines workmanlike practicality with sports car performance and handling. Falcon BF series changes include intimidating new front-end styling to distinguish the F6 duo from the rest of the FPV range, plus the welcome addition of traction control - but the big news is the excellent six-speed automatic now available as an option throughout the FPV range. It just might be the top transmission choice. Diehard manual worshippers should prepare to reconsider their faith. Keenly priced from $52,945, the Tornado simply blows its competition away.

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Model release date: 1 November 2005 to 1 May 2008

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FPV F6 Tornado

Released: May 2005
Ended: September 2005
Family Tree: F6

Ford took the performance utility concept to new heights when it launched the original F6 Tornado ute in May 2005. Powered by the same 270kW/550Nm force-fed six that makes its Typhoon sedan stablemate so wicked, it ate other hi-po Aussie utes (including FPV's own V8-motivated Pursuit ute) for breakfast. The lack of traction control was one of its few flaws, but the BF version fixes that - as well as meeting the latest emissions regs without diluting power and adding a silky new six-speed auto.

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