Fast Falcon farewell
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.”