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Ford FG Falcon- More Performance and Improved Fuel Economy

April 11th, 2008



In addition to the widespread performance gains achieved on six-cylinder and V8 petrol engines with the all-new FG Falcon range, Ford Australia has also delivered further improvements to fuel economy on a number of key sedan powertrains.

The introduction of new manual and automatic transmissions, along with a host of new engine hardware and calibration developments, has resulted in fuel economy improvements on select Falcon models of more than six per cent.

"Fuel economy and engine performance are traditionally divergent areas, where you wouldn't expect to be able to improve one without it being at the expense of the other," Ford Australia Falcon & Territory Vehicle Line Director, Russell Christophers said.

"But our customers have told us they wanted improvements in both performance and fuel economy, and they were not willing to trade.

"With the new FG Falcon range we have delivered exactly that – more performance and better fuel economy on the I6 engine, and more performance and better fuel economy on the I6 Turbo engine.

"The introduction of the Boss 290 V8 engine to the XR8 has also delivered more performance, as well as better fuel economy, compared to the BF MkII FPV GT from which it is derived."

Fuel economy on the new 195 kW I6 engine with the new five-speed auto transmission has improved by 0.2 L/100km, or almost two per cent, compared to its predecessor – the Barra 190 I6 engine with four-speed automatic transmission – with an official Australia Design Rule (ADR) 81/01 industry standard fuel consumption figure of 10.5 L/100km.

The I6 engine matched to the ZF six-speed automatic transmission remains the fuel economy leader within the Falcon range, with a further one per cent improvement – or a reduction of 0.1 L/100km – on FG Falcon to 10.1 L/100km.

Fuel economy on the new I6 Turbo engine has improved significantly as a result of the extensive engine development program undertaken for the FG Falcon, which has delivered 10 per cent more power and 11 per cent more torque, with a 4.9 per cent improvement in overall fuel economy.

The new 270 kW I6 Turbo engine, coupled with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission, produces an ADR 81/01 fuel figure of 11.7 L/100km, a reduction of 0.6 L/100km on the equivalent BF-spec powertrain.

The introduction of the 5.4-litre Boss 290 V8 engine to the FG Falcon XR8, in conjunction with optimised calibrations on the high-performance powerplant, has delivered a 6.7 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

The official ADR 81/01 fuel figure for the new V8 engine, matched to the ZF six-speed automatic transmission, is down 1.0 L/100km to 14.0 L/100km.

 

BF MkII

FG

Improvement

4.0L DI-VCT I6
Transmission

10.7 L/100km
4-spd auto

10.5 L/100km
5-spd auto

1.9%

4.0L DI-VCT I6
Transmission

10.2 L/100km
6-spd auto

10.1 L/100km
6-spd auto

1.0%

4.0L DI-VCT I6 Turbo
Transmission

12.3 L/100km
6-spd auto

11.7 L/100km
6-spd auto

4.9%

5.4L Boss 290 4v V8
Transmission

15.0 L/100km
6-spd auto

14.0 L/100km
6-spd auto

6.7%

The new FG Falcon models continue the process of ongoing engineering development and refinement, which has delivered fuel economy improvements of more than 12 per cent on some powertrains over the past five years.

During that time, the company has responded to customer demand with a dramatic improvement in fuel economy on its petrol engines, particularly the mainstream 4.0-litre I6 engine that is used in the majority of Falcon and Falcon Ute models.

 

 

BA MkII

 

BF

 

BF MkII

 

FG

Total
Improvement

4.0L DI-VCT I6
Transmission

11.5 L/100km
4-spd auto

10.9 L/100km
4-spd auto

10.7 L/100km
4-spd auto

10.5 L/100km
5-spd auto

8.7%

4.0L DI-VCT I6
Transmission

11.5 L/100km
4-spd auto

10.2 L/100km
6-spd auto

10.2 L/100km
6-spd auto

10.1 L/100km
6-spd auto

12.2%

4.0L DI-VCT I6 Turbo
Transmission

12.9 L/100km
4-spd auto

12.3 L/100km
6-spd auto

12.3 L/100km
6-spd auto

11.7 L/100km
6-spd auto

9.3%

5.4L Boss 290 4v V8
Transmission

15.1 L/100km
4-spd auto

15.0 L/100km
6-spd auto

15.0 L/100km
6-spd auto

14.0 L/100km
6-spd auto

7.3%




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