The roars of suc­cess

Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Joshua Dowling

FOR­GET high petrol prices and the end of pro­duc­tion get­ting nearer: Aussie revheads are rush­ing to buy V8-powered Holden Com­modores and Ford Fal­cons as never be­fore.

One in three Com­modores sold is now a V8 and pri­vate buy­ers rep­re­sent more than half of all sales, the high­est ra­tio ever for the for­mer fleet favourite.

And, as our cover story shows, Ford has also bowed to pub­lic pres­sure to re­vive the Fal­con XR8 once the Fal­con GT goes out of pro­duc­tion in Septem­ber.

In­deed, the Fal­con XR8 will adopt the su­per­charged V8 from the su­per­seded ver­sion of the Fal­con GT.

“Aus­tralian buy­ers have told us they want a V8 and that’s one of the rea­sons we’ve re­vived the Fal­con XR8,” says Ford Aus­tralia spokesman Wes Sher­wood. “We are ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to per­for­mance ve­hi­cles as part of our brand.”

Ford ex­pects V8 sales will in­crease with the re­turn of the XR8 later this year be­cause it will be sold through all 200 deal­ers, whereas the Fal­con GT was only avail­able through 60 spe­cial­ist show­rooms.

Ford will im­port the V8 Mustang from the US to fill the void when the Fal­con pro­duc­tion ends and the Broad­mead­ows fac­tory closes in Oc­to­ber 2016, .

But, as re­ported ear­lier, Holden is still fac­ing a fu­ture with­out a V8 in its show­rooms once the El­iz­a­beth car fac­tory closes in late 2017.

The North Amer­i­can Ca­maro and Corvette built by Chevro­let have yet to be con­firmed for pro­duc­tion in right-hand-drive, even though Holden helped de­velop the cur­rent Ca­maro coupe.

Mean­while, Holden fans aren’t tak­ing any chances. Holden says V8 ver­sions ac­count for 37 per cent of Com­modore sales this year.

The su­per­charged Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles GTS, the fastest and most pow­er­ful car ever made in Aus­tralia, is sell­ing like the prover­bial hot cakes. De­spite cost­ing nearly $100,000, more than 1300 GTS sedans have been sold since Septem­ber.

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