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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
Since the very first Falcon in Australia in the early 60s we have only ever seen six and eight-cylinder eng ines under the hood. But the times they are a changin’! The release of the four-cylinder EcoBoost in the current FG Falcon covers new ground for the Blue Oval. Histor y has seen a four-cylinder in Commodores in the 80s but those who can remember them wish they could erase them from their memory. So to take the same step, Ford would need to ensure they got it right. The underpinnings of the FG Falcon are solid and with a couple of facelifts and upgrades the package is compelling. But in these greener times, the tried and true six- cylinder couldn’t offer the gains in fuel consumption that consumers demand. On this basis Ford checked out the global parts bin to see what was available – enter the 2.0L direct injection EcoBoost engine. But it wasn’t as simple as grabbing it and transplanting. This would be the first rear-wheel drive application in the world for the engine, and Ford’s Aussie customers First Drives Darren Moody weren’t going to accept significant drops in driveability and performance from a Falcon. With local calibration and tuning power, output was settled at 179kW with 353Nm of torque. This drops about 16kW and 38Nm over the six-cylinder, with the combined- cycle fuel consumption gain of 1.8L/100km over the six-cylinder and CO2 reduction from 236g/km to 192g/km. Ford dubbed this engine ‘the replacement for displacement’. A by-product of the new engine is reduced overall vehicle weight. The EcoBoost has a revised ZF six-speed transmission, under-body shields to aid airf low, lower ride height and low rolling resistance tyres. So how does this translate to the road? It translates ver y well! The EcoBoost displays almost no turbo lag and aside from a different engine noise from the six- cylinder, it is almost impossible to tell the difference in everyday driving conditions. What about under full load? We tested it against a six-pot at Baskerville and again it was hard to split them. In a loop that saw us head to Bothwell and down through the Derwent Valley, it could have been the old six – I couldn’t pick the difference, apart from the indicated fuel consumption that showed numbers in the low 7L/100km in the country. I’d say the official combined consumption of 8.1L /100km is very achievable in real-world conditions. As far as I can tell, there are no compromises w ith the EcoBoost. If you’re in the market for a family car, give the Eco-Boost a chance – I guarantee it will impress. And did I mention there is no price premium for the Eco-Boost? It sits at the same price as the equivalent six- cylinder model across the range. EcoBoost Falcon FG Finance it with us! RACT Car Loans offer competitive rates, low fees, great service and minimum hassle – with discounted interest rates for R ACT members. Get fast, over-the-phone pre-approval, so you can bargain to your best advantage, knowing how much you have to spend. Call 13 27 22 or apply on line at www.ract.com.au October / November 2012 37 Life on the move A sure sign your car is in safe hands. 6831 ract.com.au | 13 27 22 Our RACT Approved Repairer Code of Practice ensures that all repair work and services performed for members of the RACT will be carried out under the supervision of a competent and qualified person. The RACT Approved Repairer Code of Practice also includes the following key points: • Written estimate of costs provided upon request • Warranty covering repair work for 90 days or 5000 km • Parts that are replaced will be available for you to inspect and keep, if desired • Once commenced, repair work will be completed quickly. When your car’s being repaired, it’s hard not to wonder if the job’s being done correctly. With an RACT Approved Repairer you can relax. Contact your nearest RACT branch for a complete list of Approved Repairers or visit www.ract.com.au RACT Approved Repairers shown with the Show Your Card & Save logo will provide 10% discount on labour if you present your card prior to quotation. REPAIRER APPROVED by p49_repair_3rdhoriz.pdf Page 1 5/07/12, 1:51 PM
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