Ford Performance Vehicles F6 E Concept: Aussie Awesome Goes Stealth

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Just as we're coming down from the twin-turbocharged high of the 365 HP Ford Taurus SHO, Ford of Australia goes and crushes our pride with the 415 HP FPV F6 E Concept. USA? USA? USA?

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The Ford Performance Vehicles F6 E Concept is more than just a concept, it's planned for production with a sale price of $78,190 AUD or about $50,550 in US play money. What you'll get for your Aussie dollar is a walloping 415 HP, 416 lb-ft, turbocharged, 4.0 liter inline six cylinder running the rear wheels through a Sequential Sports Shift six speed automatic transmission. Binders gets upgraded with Brembos fitted hiding beneath 19 inch wheels and styling gets a few other subtle upgrades. Just for the record, it gets about 20 MPG. Compared to most FPV-tuned Fords this is also one sleeper sedan.

Seriously, Australia, why can't you let us have like, a month to bask in the notion of an awesome, full sized American sedan without rubbing our noses in your unmitigated stream of unbelievable sedan supercars? Noooo, can't have that can you? If you keep this up we'll steal even more of your attractive actors and actresses.

Australia, sometimes you really get on our nerves. [World Car Fans]

DISCUSSION

Well, that wonderful Six will have to be federalized for emissions, and not just once. If you want an Automatic, once; Standard, twice; All Wheel Drive? third; Turbo? fourth; And each certification takes a lot of money.

Let's add the costs of certifying it for California on top of that.

How about crash standards? They have to be certified as well, Front, Side, rollover, and it would take a lot of money to do this as well, since Ford has to certify it with Left Hand Drive.

Then it has to be certified for Fuel Economy Standards because it will be lumped into Ford's Import Fleet CAFE numbers.

Is it any wonder they don't import these, because the average American (not the "expert blog readers") prefer their cars as appliances. So they will sell, what, maybe 15,000 of these cars? Not a dollar will be recovered in the certification of these cars at these numbers.