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Ford Falcon BF

Ford Australia’s BF Falcon series was released in 2005 to replace the BA series.

On the showroom floor the BF Falcon may not look much different from the model it replaced but once behind the wheel the changes are evident.

At the time of its release Ford Australia claimed the BF series was the most refined and sophisticated range ever built, even though it looked very similar to the BA range.

The development of the BF was based on market feedback received on the BA which had been in the marketplace since 2002.  It resulted in a series that focused on performance with a more powerful, quieter and smoother ride than previous models.  Some motoring critics were impressed with the optional gearbox upgrade to a 6-speed ZF gearbox from Germany.

This was the first model of the Ford Australia range to offer this 6-speed gearbox.

Even the base model is powerful with a 190kW 6-cylinder engine.  The BF XR range, takes further leaps forward with performance available with a 6-speed manual transmission or the optional upgrade to the 6-speed automatic transmission. Although most change in the new range from customer feedback, the performance range of XR’s have some significant development from the Falcon V8 Supercar.

Motoring critic, Feann Torr, said the new automatic transmission’s performance in the XR range was as good if not better that having manual transmission.

“The upgraded L6 turbo engine (now with 245kW and 480Nm @ 2000rpm) combined with the ZF automatic gearbox feels quicker than the manual 6-speed.’’

Ford’s claims of sophistication stems from the prestige drive the car is renowned for, being quieter and smoother. Road and engine noise has also been greatly reduced with effective dampening around the cabin.

The smoothness came from the new wheels which is the most significant changes to the exterior look of the vehicle.  There are also up to four new paint colours available.  

The BF series is available in the entry level XT sedan and wagon, Futura sedan and wagon, performance models XR6, XR6 Turbo and XR8, and the long wheelbase models Fairmont, Fairmont Ghia, Fairmont G8 and LTD.       

The BF utes come in XL, XLS, RTV, XR6, XR6 Turbo and XR8.     

To look at the BF there was little change to the exterior from the BA model, but Ford Australia director of design Simon Butterworth said the exterior has been refined from the successful 2002 models.
“BF Falcon is a refined evolution of the successful BA range of vehicles,” Mr Butterworth said.
“By utilising Ford's corporate design DNA, the new BF range strengthens the Falcon brand by delivering a more dynamic, powerful and exciting front graphic, while still maintaining the elements of sophistication evident throughout the BA range. The rear of the car has been endorsed by improved, dynamic tail lamps that mirror the design philosophy of Falcon's distinctive and successful front.”
The interior design has had little changed, but there has been an upgrade in prestige to reflect the feel of the drive.
“The gearshift on the six-speed automatic combines a crisp, accurate throw with a more detailed appearance, while the leather-look gearshift boot reinforces the sporty nature of the new Falcon models,” Butterworth said.
Trim and design of internal fabrics have also change to reflect the prestige and sophistication that the BF model was trying to achieve.

BF SR 6
BF SR 6 
BF SR 6 LPG
BF SR V8
Transmission
5 speed Manual
4 speed Automatic
4 speed Automatic
6 speed Manual
Head Metal
Aluminium alloy
Aluminium alloy
Aluminium alloy
Aluminium alloy
Block Metal
Cast-iron
Cast-iron
Cast-iron
Cast-iron
Bore
92.26
92.26
92.26
90.2
Capacity
3984
3984
3984
5408
Ratio
10.3:1
10.3:1
10.3:1
9.7:1
Cylinders
6
6
6
8
Power
190kW @ 5250rpm
190kW @ 5250rpm
190kW @ 5250rpm
230kW @ 5350rpm
Torque
383Nm @ 2500rpm
500Nm @ 3500rpm
Valve Train
DOHC
DOHC
DOHC
SOHC
Valves / Cylinder
4
4
4
3
Fuel Type
ULP
ULP
LPG (Gas)
ULP
Tank Capacity
68
68
93
68
Ground Clearance
14cm
14cm
14cm
14cm
Height (mm)
1444
1444
1444
1444
Length (mm)
4916
4916
4916
4916
Width (mm)
1864
1864
1864
1864
Weight (Kg)
1694
1694
1694
1784

 

BF XR6
BF XR6 Turbo
BF XR8
Transmission
Automatic - Manual
Automatic - Manual
Automatic - Manual
Head Metal
Aluminium alloy
Aluminium alloy
Aluminium alloy
Block Metal
Cast-iron
Cast-iron
Cast-iron
Bore
92.26
92.26
90.2
Capacity
3984
3984
5408
Compression Ratio
10.3:1
8.7:1
9.5:1
Cylinders
6
6
8
Power
190kW @ 5250rpm
245kW @ 5250rpm
260kW @ 5250rpm
Torque
383Nm @ 2500rpm
480Nm @ 2000rpm
500Nm @ 4000rpm
Valve Train
DOHC
DOHC
DOHC
Valves / Cylinder
4
4
4
Fuel Type
ULP
ULP
ULP
Tank Capacity
68
68
68
Ground Clearance
125
125
125
Height (mm)
1444
1444
1444
Length (mm)
4916
4916
4916
Width (mm)
1864
1864
1864
Weight (Kg)
1694
1600
1784