1 Oct 2010
The automatic F6 Ute opened the FPV range, with a 4.0-litre inline turbo six that produced peak power of 310kW and 565Nm of maximum torque.
All FPV cars picked up the raft of upgrades that were introduced with the FG Falcon range, including new Virtual Pivot Control Link front suspension, monotube shock absorbers, a redesigned steering rack and new interior and exterior designs.
Important FPV firsts included electronic stability control and side curtain airbags as standard across the range.
The turbo six engine was significantly improved for the FG F6. FPV engineers managed to crank out an extra 40kW and 15Nm over the existing F6 engine.
They did so by cranking up the boost pressure to a maximum of 0.91 bar (or 13.3 psi), fitting an intercooler with 22 per cent larger core volume, adding a more efficient Garrett turbocharger and new intake and exhaust manifold, strengthening the pistons rods and reducing the compression ratio from 8.7:1 to 8.47:1.
Its peak power of 310kW came at 5500rpm as expected, but the torque delivery figures were exceptional, with a torque curve that resembled a billiard table, the F6 turbo belted out 565Nm from just 1950rpm all the way through to 5200rpm.
The F6 engine was paired to either a Tremec six-speed manual or a ZF six-speed automatic. Both transmissions were optimised to work with the boosted engine, with the manual offering a launch mode.