FALCON XR8 SPRINT

$62 ,190

WORDS ANGELO LOUPETIS PHOTOS NATHAN JACOBS/FORD

BUILDING YOUR DREAM GARAGE COMES AT A PRICE TOYBOX

$62 ,190

I SHOULD SAY up front that by sheer coincidence my car ownership to date has been limited to the “blue oval” family – all vastly different products from around the globe: Laser TX3, ’63 T-Bird and a BA XR6 Turbo.

Now I’ll admit that the announcement of the FGX Sprint didn’t excite me that much. I had felt that the only Falcon Sprint worth getting excited over was the US model from ’63. Boy, that turned out to be wrong.

With the upcoming end of local production in this, a country full of car crazy people, Ford no doubt saw that the FXG Sprint would be snapped up pretty quickly by enthusiasts as a potential instant collectable. It makes sense because we all know of FPVs and HSVs kept in sheds in the hope that one day they will reach ‘gold’ status like their predecessors.

To meet this market niche Ford is building 750 XR8s and 500 XR6 Sprints.

Now to driving it – having sampled a few FPVs powered by the mighty 5.0-litre supercharged ‘Miami’ engine I was ready for the start-up sensation. It’s all big-block muscle-car feel. After a moment’s hesitation it’s pure V8 rumble. The driving position was comfortably familiar, with the most notable change being the refined and firmer ride. And its torque and accompanying sound track would have any enthusiast grinning broadly.

Ideally I would use ‘my Sprint’ as a special-occasion driver only, keeping it hidden safely away the rest of the time. I would also be buying and putting away stocks of genuine consumable spares like floor mats and boot surrounds while they’re available so that I wouldn’t need to trawl eBay when they wear out in a decade’s time!

2016 FORD FALCON FGX XR8 SPRINT

ENGINE 4951cc V8, four-valve DOHC 32v supercharged MAX POWER 345kW @ 5750rpm MAX TORQUE 575Nm @ 2300-6200rpm TRANSMISSION Six-speed man/auto WEIGHT 1869/1872kg (man/auto) 0-100KMH 4.6sec (est) PRICE $59,990/62,190 (man/auto)