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    FJ

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    2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:56 am

    2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review




    27 Nov, 2008
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    2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review & Road Test




    Spend a week in the hot seat and youíll agree, this is one quick utility.

    Model Tested:

    • 2008 FPV F6 310 Style Side Utility, 4.0-litre, turbocharged, six-speed automatic - $57,990 (RRP)

    Options:

    • Metallic Paint - standard; leather interior $1100; hard tonneau
      with spoiler $2900; premium audio system $700; FPV floor mats $110;
      1600kg tow kit $495; 19-inch Dark Argent alloy wheels $795; premium
      brakes $3630; satellite navigation $2290


    Strong performance, sweet induction note, personality
    Seat folding mechanism, exhaust note, steering wheel

    CarAdvice Rating:

    - by Matt Brogan
    When you glance through the Ford Performance Vehicles brochure, the
    inflated triple-digit power and torque figures seem little more than
    numbers. Sure some of us may be able to equate the relative performance
    characteristics from these little numerical hints into real life terms,
    but itís not until youíve had a week in the hot seat that you can fully
    appreciate the amount of potential on offer - this is one quick utility.

    The FPV F6 310 has a strong character and
    no-nonsense personality that defines it as instantly recognisable to
    those with a bit of nous about such things. The lowered stance, bold
    rims and FPV styling cues - especially the eye-patch front - all giving
    the impression that this utility means business.



    Now sure, you may not be inclined to throw the
    cement-mixer in the back or load it full of timber, but those who think
    of this ute in that way have missed the point. This ute is all about
    performance and lifestyle. Sure you can still carry and tow with it,
    Iím not saying you canít, but itís best thought of as a sports coupe
    with a really big boot, something upon which most owners will agree
    with me.

    Itís not that the F6 isnít still a utility, with a
    530kg payload and 1600kg towing capacity it certainly is. Itís just
    that I canít see anyone in their right mind wanting to treat such an
    awesome (and letís face it expensive) utility as a mere commercial
    vehicle. No, this ute is about lifestyle, itís about embracing the ute
    culture and our love of a performance car in the one package - and what
    a package it is.



    Not only does the F6 310 behold the FGís highly
    favoured good looks, it also offers an interior that sets it above, in
    fact well above, that of a standard Falcon ute and offers performance
    credentials to shame most rivals, even those offering Australiaís much
    loved bent eight.

    Inside, and probably most obviously, are the
    four-way electrically operated (driverís side only) embossed leather
    sport seats (optional - ebony suede sport seats standard). These are a
    delight to sit in, really comfortable, and very supportive once you get
    stuck in to it.



    The only bother with the seats is the mechanism to
    fold them forward, which seemingly operates in reverse of what one
    would consider logical. You have to push the lever to the rear of the
    car to pull the seat forward, thus requiring two hands. Itís a small
    thing, but is rather annoying when your hands are full of shopping and
    itís pouring rain.

    Leather, alloy and carbon fibre abounds throughout,
    joining standard features that include power windows and mirrors,
    cruise control, single-zone climate control, alloy pedals and scuff
    plates, FPV build number and starter button panel, turbo boost pressure
    gauge in addition to the standard offering, and Fordís rather large
    leather-clad sports steering wheel with audio and cruise control
    buttons.



    The Prestige six-CD tuner with iPod integration and
    Bluetooth connectivity offer clarity and a bit of punch and the roof
    mounted bee-sting type antenna offers far better reception than the
    in-glass type fitted to the sedan.

    Staying outside for a moment, and in addition to
    dropping the ĎTyphooní moniker, F6 sports large 19-inch diameter alloy
    wheels, fog lights, side skirts and sports front and rear bars to round
    out the differences above that of the standard Falcon utility.

    Thrust comes compliments of a modified Ford
    4.0-litre, in-line, six-cylinder engine that has been boosted,
    intercooled and fitted with a high-flow exhaust to maximise
    respiration. The results equate to 310kW of brisk, punch-in-the-back
    power at 5500rpm and a very strong 565Nm of Dunlop-smoking torque
    available from 1950rpm all the way to 5200rpm, a 40kW and 15Nm
    improvement over the BF Mark II respectively.



    Boost is strong, linear and very predictable being
    able to be balanced under your right toe for the perfect amount of
    drive each time. The calibration here is a credit to Ford as is remains
    uniform despite engine temperature or atmospheric conditions -
    something that can catch you out in similarly high performance
    turbocharged cars.

    Sub five-second 0-to-100km/h times (4.99 seconds)
    are manageable if you can get traction to the rear wheels but most of
    our timed runs scored the F6 around 5.30 seconds due to wheelspin.
    Mid-tacho performance too is very strong, a big improvement over the BF
    series, with 80-100km/h times coming in under three seconds (2.90
    seconds).

    Unlike the XR6 and G6E turbocharged vehicles
    though, the F6 doesnít offer a strong exhaust note, in fact itís almost
    disappointing, at least from inside the cabin. What is on offer in
    terms of a sweet soundtrack is a symphonic induction note, pitched
    turbo spool whine from the Garret GT3540 and even a little intercooler
    flutter on release, which is somewhat exaggerated by the front mount
    air-to-air unitís aluminium construction.



    The ZF (6HP26) six-speed automatic transmission is
    a work of art and offers quick up shifts, rapid response to throttle
    input and will even down shift for you by tapping the throttle under
    brakes. If youíre a three pedal fan, the Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual
    is available as a no cost option. Best of all, a week in the F6 saw a
    return of 11.8 litres per 100km (combined city and highway use) -
    thatís 1.2 litres under the ADR claim! Impressive stuff.

    The four-pot Brembo brakes offered little in the
    way of brake fade under repeated application, and stand out as
    something special with the callipers painted bright red. The pedal feel
    is brilliant for big brakes, which normally bite hard on initial
    application almost sending you through the windscreen. Thankfully,
    these have a much more progressive action and the F6 can be optioned
    with larger 355◊32mm front and 328◊26mm rear discs, both crossed
    drilled rears with six-piston callipers, for some extra coin.

    New to FG series Falcons, the independent double
    wishbone coil front suspension makes for a pointier steering ute that
    will respond well to cornering at speed provided you remain balanced.
    The beam type leaf rear end is a little jittery under throttle and will
    see the limited-slip differential smoke both tyres if youíre a little
    generous with the loud pedal.



    Geometry is a carry over from the XR6 Turbo Ute,
    but FPV has revised the spring rates and shock absorber calibration to
    suit both road and track driving. Itís noticeably stiffer than its
    poorer cousin, but offers surprising levels of control and grip too,
    provided the conditions are, um Ö favourable.

    To
    keep you safe and secure the F6 offers ABS with EBD, ESP with Traction
    Control, dual front and side (head/thorax) airbags, and a four star
    ANCAP rating along with DataDot protection and remote flip-key central
    locking with audible alarm - all as standard fit.



    As sports utes go - and as a Holden man it pains me
    to say this - the F6 ute is by far the best option on the market. To
    any one considering such a vehicle, be you red lion, blue oval or umm,
    other, I say this; go and drive this thing and take your cheque book. I
    guarantee after five minutes behind the wheel youíll be signing on the
    dotted line.

    CarAdvice Overall Rating:
    How does it Drive:
    How does it Look:
    How does it Go:
    Specifications:

    • Engine: 4.0-litre DOHC six cylinder (24 valve)
    • Power: 310kW @ 5500rpm
    • Torque: 565Nm @ 1950-5200rpm
    • Induction: Turbocharged & multi-point
    • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
    • Driven Wheels: Rear (LSD)
    • Brakes: Disc with ABS & EBD
    • Top Speed: 250km/h (Electronically Limited)
    • 0-100km/h: 4.99 seconds
    • 0-400m: Not Tested
    • CO2 Emissions: 311g/km
    • Fuel Consumption: 13.0 litres/100km
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 litres
    • Fuel Type: 98RON petrol
    • ANCAP Rating: Four Star
    • Safety: Front & side airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP & TCS
    • Spare Wheel: Full-size (underbody mount) alloy
    • Tow Capacity: 1600kg (Braked)
    • Turning Circle: 11.5 metres
    • Warranty: 3 year/100,000km
    • Weight: 1825kg (tare)/530kg (payload)
    • Wheels: Alloy 19 x 8.0-inch

    Road Test the Rivals:




    FPV will be hosting an open day on Sunday, March 1st 2009 at:

    Ford Performance Vehicles

    33 Glenbarry Road

    Campbellfield VIC 3061

    (Gates open 9am - 3pm)
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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by Zamiam on Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:40 am

    BUGGA - I still want one!
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    FJ

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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:26 am

    Go and buy one then.


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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by Guest on Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:28 am

    I've ordered one Smile
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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:03 pm

    Stalker wrote:I've ordered one Smile

    Whatever Dez.
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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:06 pm

    What I like reading is seeing a Holden man admit that he likes a Ford and that he would buy one in a heartbeat. Very Happy Great


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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:03 pm

    Have you sold the GT40th for the F6 Ute??

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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by Guest on Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:06 pm

    FJ wrote:
    Stalker wrote:I've ordered one Smile

    Whatever Dez.

    Dez......LMAO, thats him, not me

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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by Guest on Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:07 pm

    FJ wrote:Have you sold the GT40th for the F6 Ute??

    No, GT40th still for sale

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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FPV 521 on Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:33 am

    God, an F6 in ute form would be a monster.
    The car is nice but the ute would be a lot of fun if you can keep it in a straight line. Cool
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    Re: 2008 FPV F6 310 Ute Review

    Post by FJ on Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:10 am


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