A GREAT TIME FOR THE EIGHTS
IT’S a big week for V8 fans, not least because of this weekend’s Great Race, the Bathurst 1000.
Whether you’re from the Ford or Holden camp, there is reason to celebrate. Ford has delivered a knockout price on its coming Falcon XR8 and Holden has finally put V8 Supercar star Craig Lowndes’s signature on a special edition Commodore SS.
The reborn Falcon XR8 will cost from $52,490 (plus on‒roads) when it arrives in showrooms in November, which is a cool $25,000 less than the Falcon GT with which it shares its supercharged V8. The Falcon XR8 gets the outputs of the superseded GT — 335kW/570Nm (the final GT peaks at 351kW) — but it still means Ford will have the upper hand in the power-perd-ollar stakes.
The Lowndes edition Commodore, starting at $57,990 plus on-roads, gets the same 6.0-litre V8 as a standard SS (270kW/530Nm). It also has 20-inch wheels, unique suspension bushing, black highlights on the bodywork, Brembo brake calipers and Lowndes’s signature on the dash, rear doors and bootlid. Automatic versions get steering wheelmounted paddle-shifters.
The Falcon XR8 will be available as a regular part of the Falcon range whereas the Lowndes Commodore will be limited to about 220 cars, or one per dealer nationally.
Holden initially planned to build 161 cars (the number of laps in the Bathurst 1000) but increased production due to demand.
The Lowndes cars are hand-finished off-line at the Elizabeth factory at the Holden Enhancement Centre.
Both cars are due to arrive in dealerships at the same time. Regardless of who wins Sunday’s Bathurst epic, there will soon be a showroom showdown to even the score.
Showroom showdown: Falcon XR8, left, and Lowndes SS