THE FINAL performance Falcon has broken cover, as XR production moves into its final six months. Ever.
As reported in these pages back in July 2015, the XR6 Turbo and XR8 will wear the Sprint moniker, which first adorned the Falcon in the 1960s, before making a return on the ED Falcon in the early 1990s.
And while most of the mods for the cash-strapped program amount to little more than gilding the lily – embroidered seats, interior and engine badging – the XR Sprints will receive significant chassis and power upgrades across the line.
“We’re happy to confirm that Ford will build a special series to celebrate Australia’s large sedan,” said Ford President and CEO Graeme Whickman in a statement.
While details on the engine tickleups remain outstanding, Ford says the chassis kits on both Sprint variants will be updated to the same FPV R-Spec kit as seen on the XR8. This means firmer springs and anti-roll bars, revised dampers, Brembo front brakes and staggered 19-inch rims fitted with Pirelli rubber.
The Sprint will be available from March until June, four months ahead of the slated October shuttering date for Ford’s Broadmeadows line.
“The XR Sprint will be a limitededition series and one we think will be highly regarded by our Falcon fans,” said Whickman. “Ultimately too, like many of our performance Fords, we expect it to be a highly collectible car.”
We’ll be following the story closely on our website, www.motormag.com.au