Falcon price chop
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.