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Old 10-06-2004, 19:25   #1 (permalink)
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Prepare to batten down the hatches as the awesome power of Ford Performance Vehicles’ exciting new F6 Typhoon has finally hit town.

FPV has today blown the covers off the final production version of the exciting turbo-charged F6 Typhoon at the Sydney Motor Show.

Powered by the F6 270 Turbo engine with 270kW of power and 550Nm of torque, the F6 Typhoon is certain to create a storm and boost the appeal and presence of FPV in the Australian high-performance car segment.

Production of the F6 Typhoon is scheduled to commence in mid October with FPV dealerships currently taking orders for vehicles.

The F6 Typhoon will have a recommended retail price of $58,950, excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges, and is available exclusively with the new close-ratio Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission.

“The F6 Typhoon is the next vehicle to deliver on our promise of creating a family of high-performance vehicles that appeal to a broader community of sports car enthusiasts,” Managing Director of Ford Performance Vehicles, David Flint, says.

“This car proves that FPV is a leader and not a follower. The F6 Typhoon is unrivalled in this marketplace and takes our commitment to the local high-performance car segment to a new level.

“We believe the F6 Typhoon fits in to our existing range perfectly. The F6 Typhoon and GT are our ultimate expressions of Total Performance for six-cylinder and V8 vehicles.”

At the heart of the F6 Typhoon is its powerplant: the F6 270 Turbo. The engine is based on the award-winning turbo-charged and intercooled 4.0-litre DOHC inline six-cylinder from the Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo. It has been specifically tuned by Prodrive for use in the F6 Typhoon, increasing power from 240kW to 270kW at 5250rpm and boosting torque from 450Nm to a class-leading 550Nm at 2000-4000rpm.

The F6 270 Turbo produces the highest torque output of any production-based Australian-built high-performance engine.

The engine features a 50 per cent larger twelve-core intercooler and dual entry ram airbox to create a more efficient induction system which naturally increases turbo boost pressure by 50 per cent to 0.64bar.

The engine also features revised internal parts, including high-strength valve springs and heavy-duty conrods, as well as a unique FPV oil cooler to ensure consistent performance during enthusiastic driving.

Because of the benchmark torque output, the F6 Typhoon features a high-tech twin-plate clutch engineered and supplied by British-based motor racing experts, AP Racing. This 240mm clutch system creates more precise power delivery and increased durability for sports driving but also reduces pedal effort, therefore providing a more user-friendly manual gearbox for everyday driving.

The F6 Typhoon is the only Australian-built vehicle with a twin-plate clutch.

It also comes exclusively with the new FPV-engineered version of the Tremec T56 close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. To enhance the launch feel and initial acceleration, the F6 Typhoon has a 3.73:1 final drive ratio and unique first gear ratio.

The F6 Typhoon has stunning new-design 18x8 alloy wheels with polished double spokes and black shadow rims with 235/40 ZR18 Dunlop SP9000 tyres. Behind the wheels are FPV performance brakes with twin-grooved 325mm ventilated front and 303mm solid rear discs with blue twin-piston front and single-piston rear calipers. FPV’s premium Brembo brakes, with cross-drilled and ventilated 355mm front and 330mm rear rotors and four-piston red calipers, are optional. Both braking packages come with four-channel ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution.

Adding to the safety package, the F6 Typhoon has dual front and side front airbags and switchable traction control as standard equipment.

Visually, the F6 Typhoon is easily recognisable as part of the FPV range and features exclusive gun metal highlights in the front splitter, driving lights surrounds, side skirt flutes and rear valance.

The F6 Typhoon has a number of unique visual styling cues to separate it from the Boss-powered siblings, including exclusive high-tech design chrome grille mesh in the front bumper with an F6 badge in the top air intake and, at the other end of the vehicle, a low-rise rear spoiler with the traditional FPV three-pillar design.

Inside the cockpit, the F6 Typhoon is loaded with the latest high-tech features, including power windows, power adjustable driver’s seat and the range-topping Interior Command Centre with dual-zone climate control air conditioning and Premium Sound, including of a 150 Watt amplifier, sub woofer and six-disc in-dash CD player. The F6 Typhoon also comes with twin-pod Sports Instrument gauges, exclusive to FPV, displaying turbo boost pressure and oil pressure.

The FPV Sports seats have suede-feel bolsters, a unique Technik trim fabric that matches the triangular design in the grille mesh and FPV logos embroided on the back rests. Leather trim featuring the same Technik design pattern is optional.

The F6 Typhoon also has the dash-mounted starter button that is a signature feature on all FPV models, and, as with all FPV models, each customer is entitled to a full-day Performance Driver Training course and exclusive owner gifts.
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Old 10-06-2004, 20:49   #2 (permalink)
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Any claimed performance figures with the launch?

Heres hoping the 550nm low down keeps it with or ahead of VZ HSV.
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I hope the next issue of wheels has a huge write up about it
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Old 10-06-2004, 21:14   #4 (permalink)
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Motor has promised times of the Typhoon and HSVs in next weeks edition but i just know the day when the timed them will have been wet or something simmilar.
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Motor has promised times of the Typhoon and HSVs in next weeks edition
What is the bet that its like this.....

"The Typhoon is briliant, but the HSV with the LS2 is in it's own league"- Crap Talker

I hate Motor they always seem to be able to get the best times of all the mags for Holden but with the fords they can only match the other Mags, Although it doesn't look like the VZ is going to be any harder to catch in a strait line HSV quote 13.5 for Clubsport.

It is gonna be funny when a 4.0L I6 Turbo, beats a 6.0L V8

Looks like i know what i will be buying when i get my next car......

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5.3 0-100 for F6 new clubsport is 5.2 0-100
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I wonder if the twin plate clutch can be put into manual XR8/GT's?
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i dont see why not, i hate to think how much it is worth, a twinplate tildon clutch for the cosworth engine was 1350 bucks. lol
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5.3 0-100 for F6 new clubsport is 5.2 0-100
Saw those figures on carsguide recently as well.

Will be even more interesting to see the in gear acceleration times when they're released / the cars are compared.

Better gearing and more torque in the F6 is very likely to see it show a clear pair of heels to the an LS2 equipped HSV.

Even more interesting will be the actual 0-100 times achieved. I haven't seen any comparison / independant tests that have ever gotten anywhere near HSV's quoted performance figures. Can probably assume that with a reaosnable (realistic?) fuel load and a non "jockey" sized driver the HSV's will only deliver around 5.5's (about the old GTS performance).

Makes for a very interesting comparison indeed
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Where did you read that?

Did it have a full review?
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