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Old 02-14-2007, 01:14 AM   #1
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Ok guys/gals, I'm relatively new to the forums and i've seen alot of people whinging about how ordinary Ford U.S and it seems no one knows much about what Ford Australia is doing at the moment. So allow me to enlighten you.

Ford OZ's top seller here is the Falcon, i'm sure alot of you have already heard of it, but these cars are by far the most fun you can have with your pants on. The models start at around 30 grand (Aussie dollars), which i guess is about 20 grand US and this comes with a 255hp V6. The prices I'm giving would be much cheaper in the US im sure because Australia has massive tariffs to protect these relatively expensive locally produces cars. The range topper is the XR8, with a 350hp 5.4l V8, this is around $35000 USD.


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http://www.ford.com.au/servlet/Conte...1024&c=DFYPage

Then there's the second line of Falcons, these are engineered and built by FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles), and these things blow your mind. The Falcon GT is the most popular, holding a ~400hp V8.


If a V8 doesn't quite get you going, there's also a turbocharged intercooled 4.0L V6 called the Falcon F6 Typhoon, packing around 400hp again, and masses of torque (550Nm).


On top of the above cars, there's also a 'ute' variant, or truck as you'd probably call it. It's basically the same car but with a tray instead of rear seats, which means less weight on the back wheels, and given a rear wheel drive car with 400+hp, well need i say more. All FPV models are around the $50,000 USD mark (Again this would probably be much cheaper in the US, i'm just doing a direct conversion)


More information and pictures of FPV cars is at http://www.fpv.com.au/index.aspx

These cars, from the base model to the GT and Typhoon, are outstanding in almost every aspect, and deserve the market domination they have. With rear wheel drive and impressively efficient, and powerful engines, they're a brilliant drive.

My question is, if a group of guys who watch cricket and proudly drink far too much beer can design, manufacture and sell a car like this, to a population infinitely smaller than the United States, why is Ford US releasing car's like the 08 Focus and this new Taurus 'thing'? Someone over there needs to do something, somewhere, pronto.


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Old 02-14-2007, 01:25 AM   #2
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I agree with you 100%.......and woah thats a nice looking car. I want one of the gt's!
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Old 02-14-2007, 01:27 AM   #3
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ford needs to get there thumbs out of there butts and release those cars over here. I see the ranchero and the falcon. Gm is realizing it too they brought the Holden Commador over here has the GTO they also have a El Camino there too but its called something else. I guess irony that ya'll would still make all of the cool/good cars and we get stuck with front wheel drive peices of crap. And they think americans want these crap cars too. they could'nt be farther from the truth. Also did you know the borespacing on the 4.0l falcon is the same has the original. Interesting fact that I know but thats the only thing it has in common.
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:12 AM   #4
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you guys also get the true second generation Focus and its tasty ST version, lucky bastards! you also have the Fiesta and its ST version too, right?

Ford in this country doesn't know how to do anything but make trucks, endless versions of the Mustang, and try to compete with Toyota for the most boring car company in the USA...
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I posted this about a year and a half ago. I have always said that the US should have the balls to bring these cars over as GM did the Holden as the new GTO.
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now thats a beautiful machine.....

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^^^^I know I would call the NEW RANCHERO!!! then GM would come out with there version of the commador truck which would be called the NEW EL CAMINO. Then we would have the all new modern muscle car street wars mawhaaaaaaa!!!! Man that would be kickass
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now thats a beautiful machine.....

I agree!! I would totally buy that machine!! Kinda looks like a nissan skyline a bit.
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Once again Aussie exterior car designs are so far ahead of American and most European designs.

This:


And this:


Are such godly machines. I want...
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Do you think I could get one back to the US in my carry-on luggage?
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