Herald Sun - Motoring - - News In The Garage - CRAIG DUFF

THE flag­ship of the Ford Per­for­mance Fal­cons is a good buy — and will get even bet­ter as deal­ers try to clear stock be­fore the FG Fal­con ar­rives later this year.

For $42,990 you have a tur­bocharged 4.0-litre in­line six-cylin­der en­gine pro­duc­ing 245kW and a V8-hum­bling 480Nm.

The num­bers alone don’t tell the story. The Fal­con is quick off the line, but the midrange is where it gets truly mo­ti­vated.

Tick the box for the slick ZF six-speed au­to­matic shifter — smart enough to be left alone for 95 per cent of your driv­ing. On wind­ing roads, sim­ply flick the lever to the left and push/pull to se­lect the gears.

The trac­tion con­trol is ‘‘looser’’ than on other Fal­cons, which means the back end is al­lowed to step out a bit be­fore the elec­tron­ics in­ter­vene. It’s a well-set-up sys­tem for this car, be­cause the huge wave of torque means it takes very lit­tle to light up the trac­tion-con­trol icon on the dash if you’re not switched on.

Brake re­li­ably and re­peat­edly haul the Turbo back to earth and the sus­pen­sion is also up to the task of keep­ing all that mo­men­tum pointed in the right di­rec­tion.

A per­for­mance car to carry the fam­ily? The XR6 Turbo should sit high on your list.

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