2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint, XR8 Sprint revealed

2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint

THE most powerful Ford Falcons to ever roll off the carmaker’s Australian production line have been revealed, with the limited-edition Sprint series to feature a 325kW turbo six-cylinder and a 345kW supercharged V8.

However, while enthusiasts will cheer the limited-edition models that will help to carry the Falcon name to its October end, the sharper looking package of the two, the XR6 Sprint, will only sell with a six-speed automatic gearbox. An optional six-speed manual is reserved exclusively for XR8 Sprint versions.

A Ford spokesman said the decision to limit the XR6 Sprint to the automatic transmission was because most buyers of the Falcon’s turbo models opted for the self-shifter.

On sale in May, Ford says it will build only 500 of the $54,990 XR6 Sprints, and 750 of the $59,990 XR8-badged cars (the auto option adds $2200 to the price).

While the huffed 5.0-litre V8 produces peak power at 5750rpm, and maximum 575Nm from a low 2750rpm, on paper the XR6 Sprint’s 4.0-litre in-line six peaks an extra 250rpm higher at 6000rpm, but spreads its 576Nm – 1Nm higher than the bent eight – over a much more tractable rev range, 2220–6250rpm.

An overboost function will temporarily lift the XR6 Sprint’s to 370kW and 650 Nm, while the XR8 Sprint will serve up to 400kW and 650Nm.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our Falcon enthusiasts a car that truly represents the performance DNA of Ford,” Ford Australia chief executive Graeme Whickman said.

“The Falcon chassis is recognised for its refined ride and fantastic balance but our dedicated product development engineers have taken the opportunity to further hone the Falcon’s dynamic package – ride, body control and performance of the six-cylinder turbo and V8.

“We think customers will really appreciate the amount of dedication and work that’s gone into this limited-edition series.”

Ford has managed to squeeze an extra 15kW and 16Nm out of the Geelong-built turbo six by sourcing the turbocharger and injectors from the the now-retired Ford Performance Vehicles version of the Falcon, as well as adding a larger intercooler.

As well, the XR6 Sprint’s transmission calibration is unique to the vehicle, which also features a new lower airbox, bespoke engine calibration and new larger air intake system.

The V8, meanwhile, draws on its retired go-fast arm for the V8, but steps up performance from the FPV-badged car’s 335kW and 570Nm. The V8s will use the FPV GT-F calibration for the auto transmission.

As well as underbonnet tweaks, the Sprint models also gain subtle styling changes to help them stand apart on the road. That includes a black roof on XR8 versions, a gold-coloured Brembo six-pot calipers down the front and four-pot versions down the rear, and a boot lid spoiler.

Each version of the Sprint will include a build number mounted on the engine.

Ford is expected to release more performance details ahead of the Sprint series’ official reveal next week.

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  • I've paid the full price for mine yesterday , Victory Gold in colour it should be hear in may. Does anyone know if I could get side stripes and racing stripes over the top while they are producing it . Hopefully someone from Ford in the know is reading this
  • @ianf - Ian, you sound like a good person. I have always believed in living in the present. A wise man said it is all we have control over and as such is a gift - a 'present'. The past is gone - agreed. Those who attempt to live in the future, right now, will miss out on the joys and opportunities of the present. . Falcon XR6T and XR8 Sprint are here to be enjoyed like no other Aussie Ford EVER right NOW in the here and now. But you know what? These are going to be the most collectible Aus Fords ever created (older interiors and all!). They will be therefore enjoyed into the future as well as less significant cars slide by the wayside in popularity. . I was 2 days away from placing an order on a Mercedes CLS500, believe it or not. It was to be my very first Eurocar as I figured it was time for a change from my many Aussie cars (currently in a WM V8 Caprice - wonderful car I've had since new). I figured I could buy a Merc anytime but they stop making Sprints this year. I grew up loving Fords and more recently grew a hefty respect for what Holden was making these days (witness GTS). I know you seem to be a believer that humans are responsible for climate change with cars so on that we must agree to differ. I mean no disrespect to you on that point. Long story. Anyway, as an enthusiast I think I've made the right choice for now and may have just kept myself a bit younger with my T6 Sprint for a little while yet! Cheers, CE. . P.S: The T6 makes less carbon monoxide than the XR8 so I hope that helps Ian!
  • @Really? Am I angry about the demise of the Australian product? You bet I am. Do I think the politicians could have done more to save it? Of course! But where was innovation in the face of of the tsunami?
  • @Really? Welcome to planet earth.... we have much to teach you: car exhaust driven climate change, young hoons lusting for power and speed driving off the ring road, companies tweaking old technology to wring out the last bucks etc etc.... yes I am an enthusiast, but man, the world is actually changing, old dinosaurs like me have to change too... what do you prefer? Li or Li-Fe batteries, or perhaps the dangled new Na ones... its going to happen, hydrocarbon is the past
  • To the reviewer: Is that first sentence really correct about the most powerful ever to come off the line in Aus? I'd have though that was the GT-F with 351Kws. No?
  • @Where's the Manuel? He's still at Fawlty Towers....
  • XR6 Sprint Turbo , fantastic , but no Manual , oh dear big mistake Ford
  • So excited about these cars. I hope popular demand makes ford bring out a Manuel in the xr6t
  • @buntos - correct, added to the fact they had no money left for anything other than what you see here. Good effort with what they had. Bloody good effort - and send-off. Well done to the Ford employees who got behind this and made it happen. Know this - it didn't 'just' happen. It was pushed for by people with passion within Ford Aus. When the full story comes out enthusiasts will weep, mark my words.
  • @ianf . . . with as much respect to you as I can summon Ian, I agree withDrewTurbo and carguy. You truly do not know of what you speak. While you are entitled to your opinion, a long life has taught me that sometimes it is best kept to oneself, especially on an enthusiast site with opinions like yours. Good advice for you was from DrewsTurbo - keep to the left Ian. Good luck with what appears to be an uneventful existence mate.
  • @ianf hit the road m8
  • Are you sure that you've got the point right about the Turbo's 576 Nm lasting to 6250 rpm. That calculates to 377 kW (576 Nm X 6250 rpm / 9549 = 377 kW).
  • @ianf Just as people like you just don't get the joy of driving powerful cars? Keep to the left.
  • @phantomsofthedesert they didnt because that would upset those who bought the GT-F
  • Immoral on so many grounds. And a contributor to moving manufacture out of Australia. If they had moved their technology less hydrocarbon dependence, they may have qualified for government assistance because of the tech car industry spin-off. Petrol heads don't get it.
  • its a little bit late being "overly excited" But it's better being late than never. Love the car. It would have been fitting to give the V8 500Kw, and call the last Falcon V8. Ford Falcon 500. give it a bigger supercharger