Fast Fal­con farewell

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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re­lease of a spe­cial edi­tion turbo model next year will put the ex­cla­ma­tion mark on 50 years of fast, lo­cally pro­duced Fal­cons.

A bun­gle in the fi­nal run-out of the Fal­con XR8 has prompted an ag­gres­sive ap­proach to the last XR6 turbo at Broad­mead­ows.

Ford Aus­tralia se­verely un­der-called de­mand for the XR8 and, de­spite dou­bling pro­duc­tion to 2800 cars through to the end of the line in late 2016, ad­mits it has a sell­out suc­cess that means some po­ten­tial buy­ers are un­likely to get a car.

It will not re­peat the mis­take with a su­per­hot XR6 that draws the best bits from the Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles’ parts bin, just as the last XR8 is a thinly dis­guised FPV GT at a bar­gain price. Ford sources con­firm for the first time to

that the fi­nal XR6 Turbo will hit the road in the first half of 2016 and will run through to the end of Fal­con pro­duc­tion, even though Fal­con sales are down a fur­ther 12 per cent af­ter five months of 2015 fol­low­ing the worst show­room per­for­mance in 48 years through 2014.

“Yes, the ru­mours are mostly true. It’s too early to talk specifics but we have some­thing com­ing,” a Broad­mead­ows in­sider con­firms.

The XR6 will get the full punch pack­age from the for­mer F6 Turbo, with 310 kiloWatts and 565 New­ton-me­tres of torque that means the lighter six-pack should be quicker against the clock than the XR8.

The XR6 is ex­pected to be mar­keted as a spe­cial edi­tion car with a price set be­low $50,000, another bar­gain along­side the XR8 that sells from $53,490.

“Yes, the ru­mours are mostly true. It’s too early to talk specifics but we have some­thing com­ing.”

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