Ford Australia's homegrown "Barra" straight-six turbo proved that we aren't just a nation of V8s, but a nation of great engines.
Smooth running, tough, and packing plenty of torque with huge tuning potential, the Barra gave its V8 contemporaries a real run for their money and is often rated as one of the best of its kind. We list the 12 key milestones in Ford's straight-six masterpiece over the past decade and a half.
1 - BA XR6 Turbo (2002)
With a 240kW/450Nm straight six, BTR four-speed auto or Tremec five-speed manual in a sedan/ute, this is genesis for force-fed Fordies.
2 - BA II XR6 Turbo (2004)
No power or torque upgrades, but the out-of-date five-speed manual (T5) is replaced with a six-speed unit (T56).
3 - BA II F6 Typhoon (2004)
The 270kW/550Nm FPV F6 was six-speed-manual only, could be optioned with Brembos for $5K and also gave us the Tornado Ute.
4 - BF XR6 Turbo (2005)
Headlining the BF shift was the introduction of the ZF six-speed automatic. Power and torque also received a tickle by 5kW and 30Nm.
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5 - BF II XR6 Turbo (2006)
Thanks to the FPV F6 Typhoon, the XR6T gains stronger internals with beefed-up valve springs and tougher conrods.
6 - BF II FPV Force 6 (2006)
Previewed the G6E Turbo luxo rockets of the future with understated looks but the full-house Typhoon drivetrain. Rare.
7 - SY Territory Turbo (2006)
For the ’06 model year Ford stuck in the 245kW/480Nm six tied to all-wheel drive to create our very own performance SUV.
8 - FG XR6 Turbo (2008)
Apart from the cabin and exterior overhaul, the FG used a smaller turbo (less lag) with a remapped ECU for 270kW/533Nm.
9 - SY FPV F6X 270 (2008)
The name says it all, really. All-wheel drive, six-speed auto only and the 270kW/550Nm heart from the F6. Drank fuel like mad.
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10 - FG FPV F6 (2008)
Along with a name change to simply F6 (sedan and ute), power rose to 310kW/565Nm as well as steering/suspension tweaks.
11 - FG II XR6 Turbo (2010)
Series II FGs gained an eight-inch colour touchscreen as well as improved sound deadening. Beginning of the end.
12 - FG X Sprint 6 (2016)
Combine the high-comp XR6T engine with F6 ancillaries and you get the ultimate Barra with up to 370kW/650Nm.