Herald Sun - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE CONFIDENTIAL - Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

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

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