Big V8 takes cen­tre stage

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AN en­gine, off all things, was the Aussie head­liner at the Detroit Mo­tor Show.

But this one is not just any old en­gine.

It is the all-new five-litre Coy­ote V8 that will soon be slot­ted into the Ford Fal­con XR and, once a su­per­charger is bolted to the top, be­come the hero en­gine at Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles.

In its most ba­sic form it pumps out 307kW and 529Nm of power, well up on the present Fal­con V8 and even bet­ter than Holden’s 6.2-litre Chevro­let V8.

The Coy­ote is seen for the first time in Detroit as part of the un­veil­ing of the lat­est Ford Mus­tang, and is a rad­i­cal re­make of the V8 blue­print with light­weight, all-al­loy construction and twin-over­head camshafts.

‘‘We will be tak­ing an en­gine from the Coy­ote fam­ily,’’ said Ford Aus­tralia’s spokesman Sinead McAlary in Detroit.

But that’s as far as it goes. No-one is say­ing yet if the Coy­ote will be in the XR8, or used by FPV, or sub­ject to a su­per­charged up­grade. Even the Amer­i­can en­gi­neer in charge of the Coy­ote pro­gram is sworn to se­crecy in Detroit.

‘‘I keep get­ting asked all th­ese ques­tions but I hon­estly can­not say any­thing,’’ he said. ‘‘My boss would kill me.’’ Ford Aus­tralia is mov­ing rapidly to­wards a Coy­ote fu­ture as it also pre­pares for a four-cylin­der Fal­con, as well as an LPG up­grade and a diesel pow­er­plant for the Ter­ri­tory.

Even its gear­box strat­egy is set for an over­haul, with the four­speed used in lower-grade Fal­cons and the LPG model go­ing in favour of a six-speed self-shifter.

Ford knows it needs to make the Fal­con more fuel ef­fi­cient, which is why it has a lo­cal pro­gram tied into the goals of the Ecoboost op­er­a­tion. But it also needs to keep the car at­trac­tive to mus­cle-car shop­pers.

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