Ford BF Falcon
|Ford BF Falcon XR6|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company of Australia|
|Parent company||Ford Motor Company|
|Production||October 2005– May 2008|
|Assembly||Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia|
|Predecessor||Ford BA Falcon|
|Successor||Ford FG Falcon|
The Ford BF Falcon is a full-size car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in Victoria, Australia. The BF Falcon started production in October 2005 and a MkII update was released in October 2006. The engines are the same as those used on the previous BA Falcon, with significant technical upgrades.
The new model brought many mechanical upgrades to the Falcon, including but not limited to dual-independent variable cam timing on the 6-cylinder engines and improved knock sensing on the SOHC V8 which, in conjunction with ECU modifications, led to increases in power and fuel economy, required to comply with recently introduced Euro III emissions standards. The changes to the 6-cylinder engine decreased the engine’s noise and vibration while increasing power from 182 to 190 kW. Fuel consumption from BF Falcons with the 6-cylinder engine is around 10 liters per 100 km on the freeway and 12 or 13 around town. Long a Falcon (and indeed, Australian-built vehicle) weakness was the continued use of 1980s-originating 4-speed automatic transmissions. With the BF, Ford introduced a 6-speed automatic developed by German company ZF and Bosch. The XR6 Turbo got a power increase to 245 kW (329 hp).
Locks and security
With the BF Falcon Ford revised locks, keys and security of the Falcon, replacing the aging Tibbe lock system with an industry leading Huf based key system using an upgraded transponder chip. However Ford also implemented the in/out code system with minimal testing. There is no way to definitively find a PIN code for this PATS system, even dealers must rely on random codes to program keys in to the car. While this adds extra security, it can sometimes take up to AU$1000 and several days to manufacture keys to the car. Mechanical(key) security is not high, but the car is well-nigh impossible to start without a correctly programmed transponder key.
On the 6 October 2006, the BF Mark II was officially launched by Ford President Tom Gorman. BF Falcon MkII went on sale 22nd October, 2006. The XT, Futura and Fairmont sport a facelift, while the XR range gets some minor interior updates. Small changes to the exterior are visible on the BF range, but the sporting image has been incorporated greatly throughout the range. The Ford Fairmont Ghia has had a major exterior image upgrade (compared to the other models) including more chrome and larger diamond finished alloy wheels. The Fairmont on the other hand does not receive the special sports body kit but still receives small visual upgrades.
It is interesting to note that much of the Falcon's success in Australia can be attributed to Ford Australia (and indeed also Holden) continuing to face the same problem that led to the Falcon's introduction in the 1960s: the resistance of Australian Ford buyers to "smaller" models. Attempts to sell the US Ford Taurus in Australia and New Zealand as a possible future replacement for the Falcon proved unsuccessful. Conversely, the Mondeo - which proved unpopular in Australia (but a success in New Zealand) - is the largest model available from Ford in Europe since the Scorpio was dropped in 1998.
- Ford press release which lists all updates for BF Falcons
- Ford Falcon Homepage
- Ford BF Falcon Review
Ford Motor Company of Australia, automobile timeline, 1980s–present
|Full-size||Falcon / Fairmont||Falcon / Fairmont||Falcon / Fairmont||Falcon / G Series|
|Fairlane / LTD||Fairlane / LTD||Fairlane / LTD|
|Falcon Ute||Falcon Ute||Falcon Ute|