Fal­con gets more grunt

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - NEWS - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING EDITOR joshua.dowl­ing@news.com.au

THE Ford Fal­con is go­ing out on a tur­bocharged and su­per­charged high in its fi­nal months of pro­duc­tion.

Ford con­firmed a lim­ited edi­tion “Sprint” model late last year but fresh de­tails have emerged about what buy­ers can ex­pect. The XR6 Turbo and XR8 Sprint edi­tions will have more power and get big­ger brakes, as well as unique wheels and other mi­nor styling changes.

Ford is yet to re­veal ex­act power fig­ures but Carsguide has been told they won’t over­take the 351kW bench­mark set by the fi­nal Ford Fal­con GT. The XR6 Turbo Sprint is ex­pected to have more than 310kW while the XR8 is ex­pected to climb be­yond the 335kW out­put of the cur­rent su­per­charged V8.

Ford will also fit race-bred Brembo brakes — front and rear — to give it un­prece­dented stop­ping power.

The Sprint will be more than just a tune-up and a badge as en­gi­neers also have re­vised the sus­pen­sion on both mod­els to pro­vide even sharper han­dling.

Pro­duc­tion of the lim­ited edi­tion mod­els is due to ramp up in March with the first show­room ar­rivals in April.

Pric­ing and how many cars will be built are yet to be an­nounced.

The XR6 Turbo Sprint is ex­pected to be close to $50,000 and the XR8 Sprint in ex­cess of $55,000.

AUSSIE IN­FLU­ENCE

Might there be more grunt for the Mus­tang too? Ford fans in Aus­tralia didn’t get the high­per­for­mance Mus­tang 350 GT but we might not miss out on fu­ture lim­ited edi­tions.

Ford wasn’t ex­pect­ing de­mand for Mus­tang to be so strong in Aus­tralia and so it didn’t con­sider mak­ing the parts for the 350 GT avail­able in right-hand drive.

But there’s re­newed hope that any other fu­ture fast Fords will make their way here.

Mus­tang chief en­gi­neer Carl Wid­mann spent five hours last Sun­day at a Mus­tang car show in Aus­tralia to bet­ter un­der­stand lo­cal buy­ers.

“I spoke to a lot of peo­ple who’ve or­dered new Mus­tangs, and who are about to or­der new Mus­tangs,” Wid­mann says.

“There is a lot of pas­sion here for per­for­mance cars.”

Ford usu­ally rolls out a se­ries of high-per­for­mance mod­els over the life of a model and the su­per­charged Mus­tang vari­ants are yet to come.

Wid­mann and Ford Aus­tralia boss Graeme Whick­man won’t con­firm whether there will be later changes to the Mus­tang line-up but they say the lo­cal in­ter­est in Mus­tang has gained the at­ten­tion of Detroit.

Whick­man says: “It’s fair to say the de­mand from (Aus­tralian) cus­tomers puts us in a strong po­si­tion to in­flu­ence where pos­si­ble global de­vel­op­ment de­ci­sions for (fu­ture) right-hand-drive vari­ants.”

Ford Fal­con XR8

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