Last Falcon a fitting farewell

Hot stuff coming soon The News

APRIL 2016

Confi rmed: XR6 Sprint sends off Falcon with Australia’s torquiest ever engine

FORD’S FINAL-ever Falcon will fly faster towards the finish line, owing finally to confirmation of a twopronged XR Sprint swansong ahead of an October 7 factory shut down.

Kicking off the pair is the XR6 Sprint which boasts 325kW at 6000rpm and 576Nm at 2750rpm, putting its outputs 55kW/43Nm above the standard XR6 Turbo’s. It also makes it Australia’s torquiest ever engine by one newton metre over the XR8 Sprint with which it launches. The XR8 Sprint will produce 345kW at 5750rpm and 575Nm between 2220rpm-6250rpm, rising above the standard XR8 by 10kW and 5Nm.

Ford for the first time confesses its 4.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder and 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engines can make even more grunt, however, thanks to a ‘transient overboost’ function – 370kW/650Nm and 400kW/650Nm respectively for up to 10 seconds in the right conditions.

That places both of them a helluva lot closer to the HSV GTS and its 430kW/740Nm. The best performance time we’ve achieved in that Red Lion flagship is a 4.55sec 0-100km/h and 12.59sec quarter. By comparison an XR8 has already achieved 4.8sec/12.8sec respectively, and an XR6 Turbo 5.1sec/13.39sec.

For the XR6 Turbo Sprint, the engine’s injectors and turbocharger were sourced from the old FPV F6 which made 310kW/565Nm. A larger intercooler, new lower airbox, and carbonfibre air intake help liberate the extra outputs compared with the defunct FPV.

Also helping the the six’s dragstrip chances will be an upgrade to 275mm rear rubber already standard on the V8, wrapped around Sprint-exclusive staggered black 19-inch alloy wheels.

The XR6 Turbo also poaches sixpiston front Brembos (and its stiffer chassis tune) from the XR8, while for the first time both will upgrade to four-piston Brembo rear brake calipers, replacing single-piston units.

Of the total 1400 Sprint models set to be produced, 550 will be the auto-only XR6 Turbo Sprint priced from $54,990, while 850 will be the XR8 Sprint that costs $59,990 with a manual transmission and $62,190 in automatic guise.

Fifty XR6 Sprints and 100 XR8 Sprints will make their way across the Tasman to New Zealand.

Every model will score a numbered engine plaque and nine Sprint badges – on the bootlid, front flanks, seats and scuff plates, speedometer and gear shifter.

Black headlight bezels join a darkened grille and unique foglight applique, and ‘signature hockey-stick style’ side decals. Side indicators move to the door mirrors that are black only on XR8 Sprint to match its also-exclusive black roof.

The XR Sprint series goes on-sale in May – five months before the end of local production takes a 56-yearold nameplate with it. For Blue Oval fans this better, sweeter performance Falcon will also mark a very bittersweet end.

WANT A FORD GT? ERR, DO THIS QUIZ

FORD HAS confirmed it will handpick the first 250 buyers of the outrageous GT supercar via an online questionnaire.

Yet to go live as we went to print, it reportedly prioritises long-time Ford customers and even asks how the buyer uses social media, while ensuring the car will be driven (not stored in a museum) and, importantly, not immediately on-sold for a profit.

Officially, neither cost nor full production specifications have yet been detailed, although the first 250 GTs are expected to be handed over late this year.