TURBO TERRIFIC FALCON
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.