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2012 Ford Falcon G6E Turbo FG MKII review (video)

What we have here is the very impressive 2012 Ford Falcon G6E Turbo FG MKII. Think of it as an XR6 Turbo in a tux’ – it shares the same powertrain, but offers a more sophisticated in-car environment for those who like things more snazzy than sporty.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – PROS AND CONS

PROS:

  • 270kW six-cylinder turbo grunt provides incredible levels of acceleration
  • Slick and neat exterior styling
  • Lots of bang for your buck – at just $56k

CONS:

  • Resale value could be an issue
  • Heavy fuel consumption during city driving
  • Suspension and steering could be more refined

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – OVERVIEW

Up front, the 2012 G6E Turbo FG MKII receives the same 4.0-litre 270kW/535Nm turbo six-cylinder that you get in the FG XR6 Turbo. Power output is unchanged in the new MKII version.

The engine comes equipped with the highly regarded slick-shifting ZF six-speed auto. There’s no manual option given the G6E is more focused on luxury motoring than outright performance driving, that said, it’s no ‘hat on the back shelf’ Sunday driver either – this is a serious performance sedan.

Priced at $56,235, the G6E Turbo is a total bargain. Holden’s next-nearest competitor in terms of price is the 210kW/350Nm 3.6-litre V6 Holden Calais V, which is $555 more than the G6E Turbo. You can also get the Calais V V8 which starts at $61,990, just above Australia’s luxury car tax threshold.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – START UP, REV, AND ACCELERATION VIDEO

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – ACCOMMODATION AND EQUIPMENT

Sit inside the G6E Turbo and you’ll see it’s a complete Falcon affair; loads of passenger space in all corners and loads of luggage space. Look- and feel-wise, it’s the standout in its class in our opinion.

The no-cost option ‘Cashmere’ cream leather seats are comfortable to sit in, while all of the leather trimmings are soft and luxurious. If we had one complaint about this interior colour scheme it’s that it does tend to attract dirt and marks. Luckily, a dark grey ‘Shadow’ leather is also available if you prefer. (This test vehicle had almost 10,000kms on the clock and there were already dirty markings starting to form.)

The dash layout is very handsome, with easy-to-navigate controls and dials. Sitting in the middle of the dash is the new-to-MKII eight-inch Interior Command Centre (ICC) LCD touch-screen multimedia interface, with integrated reverse-parking camera. The new interface replaces the old Human Machine Interface (HMI) screen. It’s head and shoulders ahead of the old system, and much clearer to read.

If you love your loud kicking music, the eight-speaker stereo is good for an ear bashing. Clarity is good for a well-priced luxury car, as is the bass levels. You can link up your iPhone and other MP3 devices, as well as USBs, aux-in, or use Bluetooth for both streaming music and connecting your phone for hands-free motoring.

Like any large car boot space is generous, with up to 535 litres on board. This becomes even more handy when the 60/40 split rear seats are laid down to expose a portal; very handy for weekends away and carting long objects.

If you’re planning on using the car for towing, there’s an optional tow pack available for an extra $500 (1600kg max).

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – DESIGN AND SAFETY

The FG Falcon G6E MKII exterior updates consist of a redesigned front bumper with a new grille and new LED driving lights.

Be it in Winter White, Seduce metallic red, Vanish metallic blue, or Havana metallic yellow, the chrome highlights and stealthy theme give the G6E a sense of class and style.

The 19-inch wheels, as well as subtle body additions like the boot lip spoiler and side skirts, and the new front air dam that looks more Aston Martin than Melbourne taxi, make it a true gem to look at.

The FG sedan has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Up front you get driver and front passenger airbags, as well as belt reminders, side curtain airbags, and front seat side thorax airbags. Other standard safety equipment includes ABS, ESC, EBD, traction control, and brake assist.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – ON THE ROAD

Fire up the 4.0-litre six and you’d almost think it was a regular naturally aspirated version. Put it into gear and lean on the throttle though and you’ll quickly hear that’s not the case.

With every burst of acceleration you can hear that distinctive turbo sound as it spools up. It also makes a subtle turbo flutter when you back off. Under full acceleration, the engine roars like a lion with a stubbed toe, and whistles like a kettle that’s at boiling point.

On take off, the G6E doesn’t take much convincing to get up and move. There’s a hint of turbo lag when you first stomp on the throttle, but you are greeted with warp speed (or tyre smoke) once the boost kicks in. The six-speed self-shifter clicks gear after gear with a very cool turbo pop and burble from the exhaust between shifts.

We timed a 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds, which is pretty fast when most of its competition would struggle to get below 6.5 seconds.

Pick any speed in any gear and kick down acceleration is nothing other than brutal. Other than waiting that spilt second for the boost to fill the engine, the big six fires up and moves along with great haste – often dialing up more speed than you want (goodbye licence?).

Fitted with Ford’s Luxury control blade rear and Luxury suspension at the front, the ride is forgiving on the heavy bumps but still firm enough to support some fun in and out of the corners. Ford says the spring rates for the G6E Turbo are slightly softer than what is featured on the XR6 Turbo. We found the setup to suffer a tad from bumpsteer, although, the upshot of this softer setup is the ride is very forgiving especially over jolting bumps.

Steering the big 1745kg G6E ship can feel a bit disconnected at times while the steering is more on the light side, again, possibly due to the more luxury-inclined chassis setup. That said, the 19-inch wheels and low-profile tyres provide good response when it comes to changing direction.

Like most modern cars, the brakes are sufficiently up to the task, but we found some mild fading issues after we gave them a proper lashing, but that could be expected though given the G6E is not a dedicated sports machine.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – VERDICT

Now here’s a fast affordable family sedan that sticks its middle finger up at the Germans. Sure, it doesn’t have as much gadgetry or an exotic V8 bi-turbo monster under the bonnet, and it doesn’t carry as much ‘golf club’ cachet as a Bismarck, but it doesn’t cost a million bucks, either.

And with so many tuners out there offering performance upgrades that could see this engine and transmission combination spit out huge numbers on the dyno, it’s no wonder it’s a favourite with those who like the whole ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ deal.

Inside is saturated with all the essentials, like sat nav, Bluetooth, and power everything. The leather is soft, and space is aplenty. It boosts 270kW onto the tarmac to bring up a blisteringly fast 0-100km time of 5.3 seconds. What’s not to love? For $56,235 it certainly gets a big green tick of approval from us.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – THE COMPETITORS

2012 Holden Calais V – 3.6-litre V6, 210kW/350Nm – 1707kg – $56,790
The Calais has been around for some time now, and there’s good reason as to why – it offers generous space, power, and luxury, at an affordable price. Our advice would be spend $5200 more and get the 6.0-litre V8 LS2 model.

2012 Toyota Aurion Sportivo ZR6 – 3.5-litre V6, 200kW/336Nm – 1555kg – $47,990
Though it might be down on power when compared with the 270kW G6E Turbo, the Aurion comes from a company that knows a thing or two about building robust vehicles. It’ll still mange 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds, and the latest model is quite a stunner to look at.

2012 FORD FALCON G6E TURBO FG MKII – SPECIFICATIONS

MODEL
2012 Ford Falcon G6E Turbo FG MKII

ENGINE
4.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder

ENGINE SIZE / COMPRESSION RATIO
3984cc / 8.8:1

BORE X STROKE
92.25mm x 99.31mm

POWER
270kW@5750rpm, 533Nm@2200-5500rpm

POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO
6.46: 1 (kg:kW)

KERB WEIGHT
1745kg

HEIGHT / WIDTH / LENGTH
1433mm / 1868mm / 4967mm

DRIVETRAIN
Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive

BRAKES
F: 322mm ventilated discs
R: 303mm ventilated discs

WHEELS / TYRES
F and R: 19 x 8 inch alloy, 245/35 R19

FUEL TANK CAPACITY
68 litres

FUEL TYPE
95 RON

FUEL CONSUMPTION
Tested average: 13.2/km
Official average: 11.7/100km

PERFORMANCE
0-100km/h: 5.3 seconds (tested)

PRICED FROM
$56,235

WARRANTY
Three-year/100,000km

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.

  • Alex

    That’s my car! I hope you guys didn’t do anything bad to it during the test!