FORD is working on the hottest Falcon XR6 Turbo ever, using the hardware from its now defunct FPV F6, and it could be here by the end of this year.
In a move not dissimilar to the XR8’s revival last year using excess FPV GT parts, the next – and last – XR6 Turbo will get FPV F6 drivetrain and suspension components, raising outputs from the current XR6T’s 270kW/533Nm to a thumping 310kW/565Nm.
If the XR6T’s current kerb weight of 1728kg doesn’t balloon too close to the last F6 Typhoon’s 1805kg, it should easily hit 100km/h in less than five seconds.
And, if our sources are on the money, a price tag of under $50K for the hot sedan will make this final fast Falcon a mighty performance bargain.
As usual, Ford Australia’s official response to our enquiries was a polite “we don’t comment on future product”. Unofficially, we’ve learned the XR6T could land in late 2015 to spoil the much-anticipated arrival of Holden’s final Commodore – the VF Series II – which is expected to receive the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 in SS-badged variants.
In addition to the more powerful engine, the XR6T will come with four-piston Brembo brakes, and firmer spring and damper rates courtesy of the XR8’s R Spec suspension.
Ford’s decision to give the XR6T an FPV boost is a no-brainer given the success of the same strategy with reintroduction of the XR8. Consumer demand has forced Ford to more than double XR8 production since the FGX launched late last year – in stark contrast to the rest of the Falcon range, which continues to struggle to win buyers as Broadmeadows nears its 2016 end-date.
THE first Falcon S-XR6 rocked up in 1992 and smoked its opposition.
The swift EB Falcon made 161kW from its 4.0-litre atmo six and dispatched 0-100km/h in 7.8sec, knocking off Holden’s 5.0-litre V8 VP Commodore SS (7.9sec) and the pricier S-XR8 Falcon (8.1sec).
The XR6 didn’t let up, either; it was quicker at every point over the standing quarter and beat the XR8’s 220km/h top speed with a Wheelstested 223.8km/h. Unique Tickford suspension and slightly less torque gave it a more obedient rear than the XR8, too.