The Last Ever Ford Falcon Has Been Revealed

This is it. The last ever Ford Falcon.

There will be just 1400 of Ford's final Sprint Falcon models, which includes the XR8 Sprint and what will likely be the fastest production Falcon ever, the XR6 Turbo Sprint.

This post originally appeared on Business Insider Australia.

The leaks appeared on FordForums.com in the form of a leaked page, now removed, from Wheels Magazine due to be published on February 16, the same day Ford was due to announce the cars. Ford confirmed the car this morning, just hours after the leak.

Both cars will be based on the FPV RSPEC chassis, including wide 19-inch wheels, massive Brembo brakes and improvements to suspension and handling. XR8 models will be available with both manual and automatic transmissions, while the XR6 will be an automatic only affair.

The XR8 Sprint will receive a modest boost from its 345kW/570Nm Supercharged V8 in the standard car to 345kW/575Nm, although it's likely that Ford's figures will be conservative to preserve the exclusivity of the limited edition FPV GT F 351. It will be priced from $59,990.

But Ford's quickest ever Falcon will likely not end up being a V8, with the XR6 Turbo Sprint set to go from 0-100km/h faster than the XR8's 4.5 seconds. The XR6 Turbo will receive a big power boost, jumping from 270kW/533Nm in the standard model to a huge 325kW/576Nm in the Sprint edition. However, with overboost it will see 370kW of power and 650Nm of torque. It will also be much cheaper than the V8 model, starting at $54,990.

Visually there won't be much of a change, with just revised fog lights, Sprint badges, a black roof, a spoiler, Sprint embroidered seats and individually numbered engine covers the only big changes.

Of the 1400 to be built, 900 will be V8 models and 500 will be the turbo-six, with 200 cars going to New Zealand. The cars will be going on sale in May.

But when the factory doors close in October and the overalls are hung up for the last time, this is what will be the last thing to roll out of Geelong's doors.


Comments

    riddens

      pity you are so narrow minded.
      you like seeing the aussie car industry die, with more people out of work?

        That's nobody's fault but Ford's. They failed to provide a car that appealed to the Australian market, and in turn lost their share and ability to sustain local production and jobs. Welcome to capitalism.

          So your telling me that V6 and V8's aren't as popular as they were 20 years ago when petrol was 70cents a liter. Meanwhile in Ford/Holden head quarters: WHO KNEW!

            It might be hard to believe but 2008, the year petrol hit $1.60 a litre, was the year Holden sold more V8s than they ever had before. So even when they were selling 90,000 Commodores a year, as opposed to the 40,000 or so they sold that year, and petrol was only half as much, they sold more V8s than ever before. Even today, V8s make up around one in three new Commodores, the highest mix in the 37or 38 years Commodore has been built. AMG, who only make one car that isn't a V8, also sells more cars per capita here than in any other country on the planet so to suggest Australians don't absolutely love their V8s is ludicous.

              Thats because the other 90% of comodores are a heap of shit with crap v6, only one model sold. the ss.

          whose fault it is doesnt matter. the fact that thousands of people go into unemployment putting further strain on our economy is what matters.

            And government financial assistance to Ford using public funds does nothing but increase Ford's profits while still paying employees with the same money they would make via Centerlink. The effort is futile and the only winner is Ford.
            Unemployment sucks, but in this case, it would be better to reallocate the workforce rather than perpetuate a failing industry.

              The difference is that employees pay income tax, people receiving benefits from Centrelink don't. In terms of income tax alone, the government assistance was repaid several times over by the car industry.

              The only reason we are losing our car industry is that there are plenty of other countries around the world who are willing to pay car companies a lot more in assistance than our government would, which begs the question - what does our government know that all those other governments don't? I'd suggest our government has got it all horribly wrong, especially when you look at the exchange rate today and compare it what it was when these decisions were made.

                The difference is that employees pay income tax, people receiving benefits from Centrelink don't. In terms of income tax alone, the government assistance was repaid several times over by the car industry.

                1. Give company $x
                2. Employees receive 20% of $x
                3. Government taxes that 20% at 30%, thereby making back 6% of its handout
                4. Profit!

                  Employees didn't receive a penny from the government. For every dollar the government put in, the car company was required to invest $3. So a billion dollars of tax-payer's money attracted $3billion in foreign investment in Australian jobs and Australian industry. How are we going to be better off when those billions are being invested in China or Thailand instead? The auto industry also contributes around $6billion to our balance of trade. Where is that going to come from now?

                  Name 1 major car company anywhere in the world that doesn't currently or hasn't recently received government funding

                "The difference is that employees pay income tax, people receiving benefits from Centrelink don't."

                Centrelink is taxable income.

                Centrelink income does count towards your taxable income by the way.

              Profits? Pretty sure over the last few years Ford Australia has posted a loss of over 600 million.

          Correct, if they were serious we'd have re-tooled for Ranger and Everest, totallying around 2500 sales a moneth combined instead of shitty falcon and territory last decade stuff.

            'shitty falcon and territory'?? You mean two of Ford's best cars with massive life spans I mentioned this before where is your proof that they are bad cars? The Falcon is a brilliant car, the inline six is an unbreakable motor and the rear end setup is based off the Jaguar XF. Taxi's are getting 700,000 + k's out of them. 'Last decade' my my what a fool you are, the Falcon hasn't got all the gadgets cry me a river but the reliability is what owning a car is about, the German cars have all the gadgets but yet they have numerous ECU issues and Audi's A4 burns more oil than fuel. Jap cars are the WORST mazda being on top, the mazda three's burn 14/ 100's which is what an XR6 turbo burns, Nissan's break CVT tranny's left right and centre. The Ranger is the biggest POS ford ever released my mates dad bought a fleet of rangers and 6 months later the leaf springs collapsed one by one not to mention another person I knew, his brand new wildtrek broke 27 teeth on the fly wheel. Do not bag out without having any clue why you are baging it out because you're nothing but a journo wannabe with a knowall attitude and speaking about you being a knowall lets talk about the focus did you know that ford had a massive dual clutch issue with them and that thousands of customers were breaking transmissions left right and centre and since when has the Falcon ever had a serious issue like that?

              Annn. You're full of it.

              Having owned a Mazda 3 I can tell you it uses more like 7L/100km. Even my current Mazda 6 MPS which is over 1600kg, and has a 2.3L turbo only uses 9L/100km.

              what model Rangers are you talking about?

          It was more about economics that popularity. It's simply not possible to make a production car in Australia while paying the workers a fair wage and still leave enough in the budget to grow the company. Manufacturing requires lots of people earning pittance because people can't afford to buy a car that is priced accordingly.

            Canada does.
            And aussie workers I'm not so sure about ford but for holden at least received ridiculous wages and there were so many rorts. Though a lot was due to Union strong arming.

            Last edited 10/02/16 5:29 pm

        I don't mind seeing the Aussie car industry die, seeing that for the past decade or so it's been making average products that are out of step with what the market wants. Maybe now we can focus on building strength and innovation in other areas.

          the other horrible bit about our car industry dying is, that the government will probably not remove the import car tax that gets whacked on to every car coming in to the country.

            they just released changes to the motor vehicle standard act that will make it cheaper and easier to import brand new cars personally starting 2018.

            https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act/files/MVSA_Overview_Brochure.pdf

    Shame. While Holden Commodore seemed to always be the better looking cars, the Ford Falcon always seemed to have the better build quality.

      Which simply goes to show that looks can be deceiving because the reality is both are about the same.

        I tend to disagree with you on that. I owned a Holden Calais for a few years and replaced it with an FG G6E Falcon. The Falcon was a much better drive than the Calais. It was more comfortable, better built, more features etc.

        However, neither came close to my current car, a Kia Optima Platinum. It's right up there with the best car I ever owned, a Saab 9000CS.

          LOL - both cars a turds, saying one is better than the other is pretending any of them are any good to begin with. they were done in the 90s, the last 15 years has been painful to witness.

          It was a generation newer, of course it was better. I used to rent both Commodores and Falcons fairly regularly - VE SV6 and FG XR6 - and there was very little difference between them. The Falcon did some things better, the Commodore did others. Overall, though, if it was my money it would have gone on a Commodore. It just seemed like the better overall package, but not by much. Today, however, the VF II is miles ahead of Falcon.

            It wasn't a generation newer. I didn't say I'd bought either car new. I've only ever bought a brand new car once and I won't make that mistake again.

      The commodore must be bad, I have never owned or experienced a falcon that you could use the word quality in ANY sentence, while OK in isloation jump into any jap built car (not many left now) and you'll be educated.

      Always have to laugh at the 20,000km old leather seated Falcadore that the seats look like they are 20 years old already, and only one seat, the drivers. At least other asian brands interiors look normal after 10 years, not 6 months.

      If they can't get a seat right, imagine the shit you can see, no wonder spare parts are easy to get, they are always in demand.

        At least you could get parts my Mazda yaay at break rotors that had to be imported from Japan cause dealers never stocked them for my model. Though that was better than never ending failing gearboxes.

        Oh god when did you come up with that, my FG ute's done well over 200,000 kilometres and my seats are fine and the engine is good for another 300,000 kilometres. I'd rather have seats wear out than owning a chopstick car with a tin can motor that blows at 80,000 kilometres. Mazdas are not reliable I've owned a CX7 and had endless problems, the engine shit itself at 75,000 km's and then blew its turbo. My Thia's mazda 3 chews more fuels than a V8 how the hell can you tell me that asian cars are good? I worked for mechanic and Japanese cars always found their way into the workshop for CV joints, blown transmissions and computer problems and that goes to the German cars too. You have no clue about motor vehicle, you think you're some sort of expert but all you really are is a know all commenting crap on two fantastic cars that shamefully being put out of production.

          Stop lying Annn. The new Mazda 3 only uses 5.7L/100km or 6L for the 2.5L.
          I owned the previous generation Mazda 3 and never saw my fuel consumption go higher than 8L/100km.

    It's a shame that all those in the car manufacturing in Australia will lose their jobs / essentially shut the doors. But the car manufacturer's simply wanted out of Australia to begin with by refusing to keep up with what consumers wanted, smaller city cars and family SUV's manufactured in their entirety in Australia.

    It'll never happen, but the Government or maybe Tesla could step in, take over the plants and make Australia the leading electric car manufacturer in the world.

      It's not about what consumers wanted, it was always about what sort of cars you can build here profitably. Look at Holden, they build Cruze and Commodore on the same production line. Both cars are similarly complex so you have to assume that it costs them almost the same to build either, less maybe a few hundred dollars in raw materials for the smaller car. Yet Holden can sell a Commodore for between $15,000 and $20,000 more, which makes it viable on such small production numbers.

      I'd also point out that Ford have been making a family-friendly SUV for many years now and it didn't help them much at all. And Commodore is usually one of the four best selling cars in the country, which shows it is still more relevant to this market than 80% of cars on the road.

      The real problem is increased diversity in the market. Holden used to sell 90,000 Commodores a year but in recent years the best selling car in the country has sold barely half that many, despite the market being significantly larger overall than it was back then. That said, if our government had been willing to give the industry the same level of support it gets from pretty much every other government on the planet - Australia has the lowest import duty on cars of any car making country - it probably would have survived.

        The Cruze was never "built" in Australia, it comes flat packed from South Korea and is merely assembled here, big difference especially in the cost factor there. But in saying that, the Cruze is a very under powered vehicle for its size and has a slew of problems that the Holden mechanics simply cannot find how to fix (source: next door neighbour is the service manager at Holdens)

        The Ford Territory also had a reputation for being complete gas guzzlers, why would you want to pay for the privilege of a Ford Territory when it costs you SO much more in petrol. There cons and pros to weigh up when buying a car, and when it has a very public perception it's quite difficult for the manufacturer to compete.

        GM were very happy to take the Government's money whilst still paying higher ups far more than they were worth. Why couldn't they have instead done something akin to "If a business buys an Australian manufactured car, you can write it off in tax in the first year."

        I agree with you though that import tax could be raised, the Government could've done other things instead of handing over money to keep them here too, but maybe an Australian version of Volkswagen (People's Car) is in the future.

    The simple fact of the matter is that if we could produce a car more efficiently then they wouldn't have gone bust. Protecting local manufacturers by taxing imports is never a long term solution, you must become more efficient or offer an advantage or die.

    It's funny that most people that knock the locally built cars have never owned one.
    I must agree that they are getting old and outdated but they serve a purpose that imported vehicles struggle to fill.
    Other than SUV's can you name another sedan that can seat 5 adults comfortably and legally tow 2300kg without overheating ?
    I have had Falcons that have clocked over 400,000 k's without any major problems, they are cheap to fix compared with imports, wish I could say the same about my Wife's 2012 Golf DSG.

    They should have made more Mazda 3s then.

    Owned a BA Falcon Xr6. The amount of pieces that 'fell off' over the 3 years that I owned it would blow your mind. Worst build quality I've seen. Cheap interior, thirsty inefficient engine (compared to the competition) , swore I'd never own another one. People can argue that car A is better than car B in these forums as much as they like but the fact of the matter is that the Aussie car industry is shutting down because it can't keep pace with the rest of the world and can't sell cars. Any company that can't produce products or services that people want will go out of business. That's life, deal with it people.

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