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Ford doesn’t pub­lish an of­fi­cial 0-100km/h time but en­gi­neers reckon you can squeeze a 4.5-se­cond pass from the XR6 Turbo and a 4.6 from the XR8.

We clocked 4.7 secs in both mod­els on Tas­ma­nian roads in March. Now we’re won­der­ing whether the stretch of road we used might have been down­hill.

For this com­par­i­son we tested all three cars within 30 min­utes of each other on the ex­act same piece of tar­mac, at Sydney Drag­way.

HSV claims 4.4 sec­onds for the GTS and we got four 4.6s re­sults in the first four passes.

The XR6 Turbo knocked out a pair of 4.9s straight away but didn’t get any faster.

The XR8 took sev­eral at­tempts to limbo to 5.1s be­cause it kept want­ing to fry the rear tyres.

As the num­bers show, the HSV GTS launches to 60km/h faster and sim­ply pow­ers on from there.

HSV GTS 0-60KM/H 2.5 SEC; 0-100KM/H 4.6 SEC FAL­CON XR6 SPRINT 0-60KM/H 2.6 SEC; 0-100KM/H 4.9 SEC FAL­CON XR8 SPRINT 0-60KM/H 2.7 SEC; 0-100KM/H 5.1 SEC

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