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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, April 2, 2016
FORD Australia s latest engineering
and styling project, that of the Falcon
XR6 and XR8 Sprint will go down in
the minds of all concerned as one of
their all time favourites. The car industry is
full of enthusiasts, and their eyes light up in
delight when asked to significantly improve
performance and add new shapes..
Let s start at the hearts of the latest hot
Australian Fords: Falcon XR8 Sprint is powered
by an uprated version of Ford s 5.0-litre
supercharged V8 that develops 400 kW and
650 Nm when on overboost; something that s
on offer in every gear where conditions and
the engine sensors permit. In other word you
can have overboost for a full minute if having
fun in the Northern Territory or during a track
day. Even the standard engine max outputs are
impressive; 345 kW at 5750 rpm and 575 Nm
between 2220 and 6250 revs.
The XR6 Sprint unit is based on the much
loved standard straight-six 4.0-litre turbo and
puts out 325 kW at 6000 rpm and 576 Nm at
a relatively high 2750 rpm, though the graph
is nice and shallow so there s plenty of grunt
well before then. The six also has overboost on
offer for up to ten seconds in each gear, lifting
it to 370 kW and 650 Nm. Interestingly that 650
on the six is the same as on the eight, pretty
The six-cylinder comes only with an
automatic transmission. As befits the serious
buyers it will attract, the V8 is available with
either a six-speed manual and or six-speed
automatic. The automatic in the XR8 Sprint
uses the Falcon GT-F transmission calibration.
In the XR6 Sprint, the automatic transmission
calibration was revised to take advantage of the
big power and torque.
Handling is just as important with a high-
performance car as straight line grunt. The
suspension engineers began with excellent
Pirelli P-Zero tyres and worked from there to
using the already good XR6 and XR8 setups.
Fitted to 19-inch wheels that are eight inches
wide at the front and nine inches at the rear,
they have a 35 per cent profile and are 235 / 265
millimetres wide front / rear.
Visually, the changes to the Sprints are
relatively subtle, all get 19-inch black painted
alloy wheels with gold coloured Brembo
brake calipers, black headlamp bezels, revised
front foglamp surrounds with cut out vents in
the bumpers, and a small black painted rear
spoiler. The XR8 Sprint also gets a Silhouette
black painted roof and black door mirrors.
Inside, are Sprint seats in leather/Lux suede,
dual zone climate-control, high-series audio,
a revised shifter assembly and surround and
unique gauge cluster with a Sprint logo.
Each Sprint will be individually numbered by
way of a plate on the engine and are genuine
limited editions. Ford will build just 550 XR6
Sprints, 500 for Australia and 50 for New
Zealand. As the XR8 is sure to be more popular
850 will leave the line. Australia gets 750, the
Kiwis are the winners here, getting twice as
many 8s than 6s, that is 100 cars.
Our initial driving was done on a winding
route from Hobart, with a long stop at
Baskerville to really push the big Falcons to
Steering feel is excellent and the Fords need
minimum input to get them around bends.
Levels of grip are extremely high and really
should only be explored during track days.
This is a superb car and challenges big name
Euro machine that cost four to five times the
price. HSV s best had better look out as well,
we will leave the specialist car magazines to
do comparison tests Ford vs Holden, but feel
they will be very close dynamically - but when
you compare prices the new Fords are runaway
These hot Falcons are high-performance
bargains that sell for tens of thousands of
dollars less than any competitors. The Falcon
XR6 Sprint has a recommended price of just
$54,990, the XR8 Sprint is priced at $59,990
for the manual and $62,190 if you go for the
automatic. These are manufacturer s list prices
(MLPs) and on road charges have to be added.
Want to own one of the new Falcon Sprints?
Sorry, you are too late, they have all be spoken
for. Deliveries will begin on May 17. There are
already rumours of cars being on-sold at higher
prices, but far from us to get involved in that
Did you notice the words "latest engineering
and styling" in the opening sentence of this
review? And perhaps wondered why we didn t
talk about the "last Falcon", or "Ford Australia s
final fling" or suchlike?
The answer is simple. The Sprint twins are
just the "latest" Ford models designed and
engineered in Australia - they are most certainly
not the last. The engineers and stylists at Ford
Australia are highly regarded in the global Ford
automotive business. Australians are working
in local state-of-the-art facilities on dozens of
projects, large and small, as you read this.
Keep reading our motoring stories and we
can all but guarantee that the Aussie Ford
engineering folks will get a major mention.
To arrange an inspection or test drive,
contact Davison Motors LMCT 6390 on 5021
5757 or visit www.davisonmg.com.au or
call into their showroom on the corner of
Etiwanda Avenue and Fifteenth Street.
Falcon Sprint is sold in two variants,
the turbocharged straight-six and
Ford Falcon Sprint
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