Review the Ford Falcon XR6 and XR8
Talk about the best savings until the end. The best – and fastest – Ford Falcons was ever made in Australia.
To celebrate 91 years of production – including 56 years at Broadmeadows – Australia’s oldest and oldest car manufacturer has created a gift for itself and its fans.
As acknowledged by Ford, the XR6 Turbo Sprint and XR8 Sprint were “created by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts”.
Spoiler alert: both cars are completely epic. But more about that in a moment.
Starting in May, Ford will build 850 leading XR8 Sprint convertibles (750 for Australia, 100 for New Zealand) and 550 XR6 Turbo Sprint (500 for Australia, 50 for New Zealand).
Price: $ 54,990 (automatic XR6 Turbo Sprint), $ 59,990 (manual XR8 Sprint), $ 62,190 (automatic XR8 Sprint). Do not expect any discounts. Once these cars are gone, there will be no more. The Broadmeadows plant will be silent forever on October 7.
Unsurprisingly, Sprint versions are being captured by Ford fans; Every XR8 Sprint and XR6 Turbo Sprint production slot has been allocated to an agent and most have names on each vehicle.
XR6 Turbo has the highest capacity from six cylinders manufactured by Geelong ever: 325kW and 576Nm of torque in standard mode and 370kW of maximum torque and torque 650 Nm in “overboost” mode, lasts for 10 seconds at a time in ideal conditions (read: cool).
The supercharged V8 engine in the XR8 Sprint is also noticeable, with an impressive 345kW of power and 575Nm of torque in standard mode and 400kW and 650Nm in excess mode.
Changes go beyond strengthening; XR6 Turbo has new hardware including a larger turbo charger, cooler and fuel injector from the blistering FPV F6, as well as a 40% larger intake (made from carbon fiber) to help absorb air. more and free flow exhaust, all combined to create a heap of more power.
Ford has also fitted the turbocharged V8 engine with a revised engine management computer to make the most out of each device.
Translated: both engines have more power from lower in first revs and longer in range of revs. Effect: instant acceleration as soon as you touch the pedal.
Ford doesn’t announce an official 0 – 100km / h time, but engineers think you can squeeze 4.5 seconds from the XR6 Turbo and 4.6 from the XR8 – we continually manage 4.7 in both. form.
In a millisecond, using different onboard computers, the XR Sprint versions calculate the available traction and the amount of power they can travel on the road without frying the rear tire. Call it the smartest Falcon ever made, too.
Ford ensures that the output of the last Falcon GT (351kW in standard mode) is not overshadowed by the XR8 Sprint, but that’s a necessary point. Both Sprint versions drive better than the previous Falcon GT.
While the couple’s power and performance will get the headlines, that’s how they drive the most impressively.
The previous XR8 rode like a pogo stick on bumps while the XR6 Turbo suspension was too soft and mushy.
The Sprint edition brings the coolness and subtlety Falcon has never had before.
They are fitted with the same super-Pirelli P Zero tires used on Porsches and Ferraris.
Racing Brembo brakes (six calipers up front and four piston calipers at the rear) are fitted as standard. The disc sizes remain the same as before, but the bigger calipers and brake pads – combined with the upgraded tires – have reduced the stopping distances by an incredible two to three meters at 100km / h.
The drive and suspension tunes on both Sprint versions are completely new and unique to each model.
During development, Ford carried out more than 200,000km of testing and sent the vehicles to Detroit, Arizona and Germany for further evaluation.
That means Sprint versions include operations in Australia with more speed and sophistication than ever before.
Engineers claim the suspension is in fact stiffer, but the Sprint version feels softer and more suited to bumps thanks to excellent tires. Engineers are allowed to choose which rubber performs best, regardless of price.
They have never had so much freedom before; Ford finally let them build the car they always wanted to create.
The grip at high-speed corners is staggering, the chassis engineer said he sometimes feels dizzy, due to G forces.
If this is Falcon’s long-term memory, then Ford has built more than a suitable sewer
Both are cars that change the mind in more ways than one.
Tragedy is such a staggering improvement that the Falcon was about to take his last breath.
If it seems like I’m touched, it’s because of me.
On the one hand, I am extremely proud that Ford has created such perfect cars. Instead of making it easy when it’s near the end of the line, instead, Ford chose to dig deep and build the best Falcons of all time.
On the other hand, Australia will not realize what we have lost until these cars disappear. Sure, a Mustang is good, but it’s not as fast, capable or affordable as these two cars.
Could the Ford factory be saved if the XR Sprint came years ago? Sadly, because as much as we love them, performance cars don’t sell in volumes large enough to justify a production line.
If this is Falcon’s long-term memory, then Ford has built more than a suitable sewer – and an iconic reminder of the vehicle engineering heritage it will leave.
Honestly, I could not decide. The XR6 Turbo Sprint drives a little nicer (not only because it has 23kg less than the nose) but the steering has a lot more adjustment during development. That is the car that the main chassis engineer will choose.
But most of his colleagues prefer XR8.
Although the XR6 Turbo exhaust has revived the rattle between gear changes of previous models, the XR8 Sprint sounds as tough as a V8 supercar with amazing super howling.
But the XR8 is a monster to get rid of the line in a clean way, even with an automatic transmission.
Finally, the decision to buy which one can be made for you.
If you can’t get your hands on the XR8, you’ll get more compensation with the XR6 Turbo.