The 2012 Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) range has been unveiled, sporting more standard features, subtle exterior design revisions and some small price changes. FPV has made no changes to the powertrains of any model.
The best news is for fans of the turbocharged six-cylinder variants, with the F6 Ute, F6 sedan and F6 E sedan now $2800-$3000 cheaper than before. The GT-P is now $1000 more expensive than before, while $450 has also been added to the price of the range-topping GT E. Prices of the GS Ute, GS sedan and GT sedan are unchanged.
The entry-level GS benefits from the most substantial exterior enhancements. It scores new upper and lower mesh grilles, projector headlamps and chrome fog light surrounds. The front of the GS also features a redesigned bumper (similar to that seen on the FG MkII Falcon XR6) with winglets, pronounced sculpting around the fog lamps and a new lower grille to improve aerodynamics.
Projector headlamps are now standard across the range. The GS and F6 ute variants get a sports bar, while the F6 scores a new five-spoke Graphite alloy wheel design. A new colour – Kinetic, a “deep, vibrant metallic blue” – will replace Nitro, and will be available on all models except F6 E and GT E.
Inside, every model gets the 8.0-inch colour touchscreen (also set to feature in the FG MkII Falcon range). The Interior Command Centre allows the driver to control major in-car functions including phone and audio systems.
F6 E, GT-P and GT E models also get an integrated touchscreen satellite navigation system, which replaces the previous model’s remote control-based system. The new sat-nav gives drivers the choice of the fastest, shortest and most economical routes, as well as 2D and 3D mapping, over-speed and speed camera warnings, and Suna’s Traffic Message Channel.
The GS sedan and ute models now come with an alarm and the prestige audio system, and USB connectivity for audio playback is standard in all models.
The GS, F6, GT and GT-P sedans come into line with the F6 E and GT E and now come standard with a reversing camera, while the GS sedan also benefits from reverse parking sensors.
FPV floor mats for all models complete the FG MkII series upgrades.
2012 FPV manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):
GS Ute – $52,990 (no change)
GS – $57,990 (no change)
F6 Ute – $55,990 (-$3000)
F6 – $64,890 (-$3000)
F6 E – $76,940 (-$2800)
GT – $71,290 (no change)
GT-P – $82,540 (+$1000)
GT E – $82,990 (+$450)
Six-speed automatic transmission is a no-cost option for all models. Six-speed auto standard in GT E.