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2011 Ford FPV GT-H Spy Photos

After snapping exclusive photos of the 2011 Ford Territory testing, photographers have exclusive photographs the 2011 FPV GT-H. Expected to sport 351kW and a mean set of credentials yet unseen for Ford’s performance arm, the vehicle is set to shake up the Australian sports car market.

For more information, check out our previous article on delays currently dogging the 2011 FPV GT-H project.

2011 Ford Territory Spy Photos has exclusively sprung Ford testing the 2011 face-lifted Ford Territory.

According to sources, the entire body will receive changes but due to supplier delays, mules are currently only fitted with camouflage to the front and sides. Check out for more details.

FPV supercharged plans delayed

Originally planned for a July 1st launch, Ford has delayed the announcement and introduction of its supercharged V8 products.

As first revealed by in June, 2009, Ford planned to have a locally modified variant of the 5.0-litre V8 engine codenamed the Coyote from the American Mustang ready for the Euro IV emissions deadline of July 1st, 2010.

Last week Ford made an announcement regarding its six cylinder products, making specific mention of the V8 variants in their press release:

Falcon XR8 sedan and Ute models are not part of this Euro IV upgrade for the FG Falcon range. Details regarding plans for the iconic XR8 nameplate will be revealed at a later date.

Insider sources have informed that engineers are having considerable problems with the current drivetrain. The drivetrain is unable to cope with the added power and torque produced by the supercharged engine.

Industry publication, GoAuto also seems to have jumped the gun regarding information obtained from the Department of Transport. The information, initially added to the DOT website is around four months old, produced prior to the issues encountered by the engineers.

Insider sources have also confirmed the originally planned power output figures for the supercharged project, here they are:

  • Ford Falcon XR8
    • 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 (Coyote)
    • 315kW @ 6500rpm
  • Ford Falcon GT/GT-E/GT-P
    • 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 (Coyote)
    • 330kW @ 6600rpm
  • Ford Falcon GT-H
    • 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 (Coyote)
    • 351kW @ 6850rpm

The proposed GT-H does away with fog lights and uses induction ports for the supercharger. Sources have suggested LED driving lamps would be used in place of fog lights, similar to those fitted to the HSV E2 Series.

While tyre width is still unclear and an issue that continuously dogs Ford’s performance arm, a source has suggested tyre widths will remain unchanged, despite the significant power upgrades.

It is unclear when Ford plans to release more information regarding the Coyote supercharged V8 project. As it stands, Ford can no longer produce or sell any non Euro IV compliant vehicles beyond the June 30th cut-off date.

The design will remain predominantly unchanged, with only wheels being shuffled around the FPV range. Expect the 5th Anniversary FPV GT wheels to make their way to either the GT-P or GT-E. will keep you up to date with information as it comes to hand. If the delays continue, it could mean reduction in power outputs to allow the system to cope with the strain. You can check out photos and audio of the 2010 FPV GT-H here.

HSV plays funny with E4 Series, E5 Series

Holden Special Vehicles (better known as HSV) is playing funny with punters, registering trademarks for E4 Series and E5 Series. After releasing the E3 Series image earlier in the year, it’s believed HSV is pulling everyone’s leg in an attempt at humour.

Nevertheless, here they are for all and sundry to see.

2012 HSV Clubsport R8 Review Photos photographed the 2012 HSV Clubsport R8 for a recent CarAdvice road test conducted by Paul Maric. These are the results.

2012 Ford Ranger T6 Undercarriage and Engine Spied

Hot on the heels of exclusive interior photos of the 2012 Ford Ranger T6, the spies have snapped scoop photos of the vehicle’s undercarriage and engine bay.

Paul Maric from CarAdvice had this to say about the scoop spy photographs.

If it wasn’t enough that CarAdvice brought you exclusive scoop photos of the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? interior, the CarAdvice spies have provided us with exclusive scoop photos of the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? engine and undercarriage.

Speculation earlier last year suggested that Ford engineers would continue with independent front suspension, but it was unclear what they would do with the rear.

We can exclusively tell you the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? will feature independent double wishbone front suspension with coil springs, while the rear will use semi-elliptic leaf springs with dampers.

While the leaf spring rear suspension does nothing for ride and handling, it will help retain the Ranger’s impressive 3000kg towing capacity. Rear drum brakes also remain on the Ranger, it’s likely that rear disc brakes won’t make it to the production model.

Ford Australia has been awarded the job of developing and designing the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6?. Ford Motor Company of Australia representative, Sinead McAlary told CarAdvice:

Ford Australia announced in 2006 that it had won the work to be the lead design and engineering centre for the development of the T6 platform, off which the next generation Ranger comes from.

The first “top hat” from that platform is the next Ranger and FOA has led the design and engineering of that vehicle as well – right here in Melbourne and at our proving ground in Lara. We’ve also had significant input into the Mazda variant that comes off the same platform. It has been a major program of work for the company over the last number of years.

One of the key complaints issued with the outgoing Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 was the width of the vehicle. The B-series of utes that share the Ranger and BT-50 model designations were always limited to Japan’s 1.7m width limitations.

As you can see by these spy photos, the width has clearly increased. The increase in width suggests a vehicle that will compete squarely with the HiLux, Navara et al. in terms of size.

It’s clearly hard to see the exact shape of the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? body, courtesy of clever padding used to obscure the lines, but one thing’s for sure, it will have an Australian design influence. With regards to the markets that will receive the new Ranger, Ms. McAlary told CarAdvice:

…The next generation Ford Ranger is a global vehicle and will be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, including Australia. The only ‘major’ market that won’t be receiving it at the moment is North America. It will definitely be sold here though.

Our sleuth spies have also snapped scoop photos of one of the engines to be used in the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6?.

Although speculation suggests that the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? will use a 1.6-litre variant of the new line of Ford global EcoBoost engines, we believe the Ranger will utilise the 2.0-litre variant of the EcoBoost engine. The upcoming Volkswagen Amorak will hit the ground running with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? is likely to be the same if it is to compete on level ground.

Pictured on this production prototype is Ford’s 3.2 litre Puma turbocharged diesel engine. It will replace the current 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. The 3.2 litre Puma engine produces 150kW and an impressive 470Nm of torque. It can currently be found in the Ford Transit.

Insider sources also suggest two other engines will be available in the Ranger. A 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine (also codenamed Puma) and a 2.5 litre Duratec petrol engine (identical to engine currently used in Mazda3) will also be available, in addition to the 2.0 litre EcoBoost engine mentioned above.

Transmissions expected to make it to launch are the MT75 (five-speed manual gearbox), MT82 (six-speed manual gearbox produced by Getrag) and the 6R80 (six-speed fuel efficient automatic gearbox).

Insider sources have also suggested that the Ford Ranger will be available with leather seats (optional) and a reversing camera.

The 2012 Ford Ranger ‘T6? is shaping up to be an impressive commercial vehicle. We will keep you posted with all new details that come to hand.

2012 T6 Ford Ranger Interior Scooped

It’s been a busy week at the photo desk. Our spy photographers have snapped exclusive scoop photographs of the 2012 Ford Ranger T6 interior.

These never before seen photographs illustrate the creature comforts and car-like appointments being rolled out in the work horse. wrote this about our photographs:

Our spy photographers have snapped exclusive photographs of the interior of the 2011 Ford Ranger.

Codenamed the T6, Ford Australia is developing the Ford Ranger for worldwide consumption.

These exclusive photos show a right-hand-drive version of the Ford Ranger, fitted out with the interior that will make the final production model. The interior spied recently was of a mule, this time around the interior represents the final product.

A Ford insider told CarAdvice earlier last year that the T6 Ranger would feature car-like levels of fit and finish. These exclusive pictures show a Fiesta-esque interior.

Featuring the same steering wheel as the Fiesta, in addition to a similar centre stack layout, it’s a sure bet that the 2011 Ford Ranger will launch with Ford SYNC and an LCD screen for upper models. The LCD screen also allows the fitting of a reversing camera.

Renault Samsung SM5 spied testing in Australia photographers have spied the Renault Samsung SM5 testing in Australia with a new V6 engine.

The SM5 was released late last year with a limited amount of engines. The new V6 is expected to add a performance boost to the range. Paul Maric from said:

“Although it seems like an amalgamation of an automobile and a television, Renault Samsung has been operating in South Korea since 1994, where it was established as Samsung Motors. It wasn’t until 2000 that Renault bought 70% of the company and the name became amalgamated.

One of the company’s latest vehicles is the SM5, which was released to the Korean market in December, 2009.

The spies at have photographed Renault Samsung testing the SM5 in exclusive Australia spy photos. It is believed Renault Samsung is testing a 2.5-litre V6 from the Renault range to work with the SM5 via a CVT transmission. The engine is believed to be a variant of the VQ25DE, which is yet to be released in the SM5.”

HSV prepares for HSV E3 Series

With Ford’s all new supercharged V8 FPV well on the way, HSV is in the process of preparing for its newest line-up, to be called the E3 Series.

The E3 Series will arrive ahead of the VF Commodore introduction and is likely to provide extra power options for consumers and the much anticipated LPG injection setup. will keep you posted with updates as they come to hand.