Fal­con price chop

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Be warned, there will be quite a few ‘last ever’ sto­ries on th­ese pages over the next few years. Mark down Oc­to­ber 8 as the date the last ever Ford Fal­con GT rolled off the Broad­mead­ows pro­duc­tion line and more than 600 work­ers gath­ered for the emo­tional send-off. It also marked the be­gin­ning of the count­down to Ford’s fac­tory clo­sure in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Ford will keep build­ing the Fal­con sedan and ute – and Ter­ri­tory SUV – un­til then.

GT F num­ber 500 from a batch of 500 sold in a char­ity auc­tion last month for three times The fi­nal Fal­con model has of­fi­cially gone pub­lic. Mark Win­ter­bot­tom took an XR8 for a romp at Bathurst dur­ing the pre-race fes­tiv­i­ties for The Great Race on the sec­ond week­end of Oc­to­ber, build­ing the next level in the teaser cam­paign for the car.

His lap at Mount Panorama fol­lows the early an­nounce­ment of the price po­si­tion for the Fal­con, which re­flects a ma­jor boost in value and a mas­sive cut in the show­room stick­ers.

Ford Aus­tralia has slashed as much as $9685 from the pric­etags for the new model; and a ba­sic FG X Fal­con is just $35,900, down by $1335 from the out­go­ing model.

But it’s ac­tu­ally the XR6 which opens the ac­tion at $35,590 – a re­flec­tion of Ford’s po­si­tion­ing of the X-car range.

“We have had an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse to the styling and tech­nol­ogy of the 2014 Fal­con. Now we bring a very com­pelling price for cus­tomers look­ing for a large sedan, par­tic­u­larly the G6E Turbo and our XR se­ries,” says Ford’s gen­eral mar­ket­ing man­ager, David Katic.

Look­ing at the Fal­con and Ter­ri­tory line-up, the head­line prices are $54,490 for the XR8, $42,990 for the XR6 Turbo – down by $3245 – and $36,990 for the Ter­ri­tory, a cut of $3000.

In each case, Ford is promis­ing more for less, although the base prices are still slightly above the Fal­con’s only di­rect ri­val, the VF Com­modore.

In the case of the XR8, the story is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, thanks to the end of Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles.

A bunch of FPR stuff, from the su­per­charged Boss V8 with 335 kilo­Watts to R-Spec sus­pen­sion – re­tuned dampers and rear springs, stiffer front its RRP, $236,100, to Steven Clarke, from Mel­bourne, who briefly owned one of the very first Fal­con GT sedans, and has re­gret­ted sell­ing it ever since.

Steven got to se­lect the colour of the fi­nal Fal­con GT, choos­ing Vic­tory Gold, the clos­est colour of­fered to the orig­i­nal 1967 Fal­con GT. He even got to help build the car. Some of Ford’s long­est serv­ing fac­tory work­ers were there for the fi­nal Fal­con GT send­off, in­clud­ing one who started with Ford in 1975, when the fa­cil­ity pro­duced the last of the orig­i­nal run of GT mod­els, the XB. spring mounts and con­trol arm bush­ings, and a larger rear sta­biliser bar, with ge­om­e­try for 275 rear tyres – has come across to XR land. There are also Brembo four-pis­ton front brakes, a lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial, heavy-duty bat­tery and sports steer­ing gear.

Inside, there is per­fo­rated leather trim on sports seats, satnav, sports di­als and shifter, a sports steer­ing wheel and rear-view cam­era.

The price cuts and value boost also ap­ply to the Fal­con ute.

The most im­por­tant tech­nol­ogy ar­rival is Ford’s SYNC in­fo­tain­ment pack­age, while the company has also added capped-price ser­vic­ing across the Fal­con range.

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