2016 Ford FG X Falcon Production to End with XR6 Turbo Sprint & XR8 Sprint

2015 Ford Falcon XR8 1 photo
Photo: Ford Australia
Internally known under the 201X codename, the FG X series of the Ford Falcon will be the last-ever Falcon generation built in the Land Down Under. Ford Australia will bid farewell to its locally built FG X Falcon by bringing the Sprint badge back for its able-bodied XR variants, as production of the full-size sedan is nearing its October 2016 terminus point. So what’s the deal with the Sprint sportsters that will send off the Ford Falcon in style?
According to leaked information published by CarAdvice, the name of the game is big power. And big power comes with big premiums over the run-of-the-mill Falcon XR models. As per the report, leaked details hint that the 2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint will produce 325 kW and 576 Nm of torque. That’s 435 horsepower and 425 lb-ft in North American measurement system.

These stats represent an increase of 55 kW (73 horsepower) and 43 Nm (32 lb-ft) over the XR6 Turbo. The thing is, the most potent variant of the 4.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine will be offered only in the presence of an automatic transmission. No manual shifting for you, sir! In addition to the sole transmission option, the Sprint derivative is expected to one-up the XR6 Turbo by AUD 9,800 (approx. $6,975).

Recently resurrected from its long slumber, the Ford Falcon XR8 will get pumped up from 335 kW (449 horsepower) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) to 345 kW (462 horsepower) and 575 Nm (424 lb-ft) for the Sprint variant. It isn’t much, but every little increase helps if you’re into smoky burnouts and so forth. At the end of the day, though, the two-year-old FPV GT-F 351 is just a little more powerful than the XR8 Sprint model.

The XR8 Sprint will command a premium over the standard XR8 (pictured above). More specifically, AUD 6,500 (approx. $4,625) or AUD 59,990 (approx. $42,685) for the drive-away pricing of the six-speed manual model. The automatic will be priced at AUD 62,190 (approx. $44,250).

Both the XR6 Sprint and its supercharged 5.0-liter V8-powered sibling will gain an FPV-developed GT RSPEC chassis, which consists of 19x9-inch wheels and 275 mm rubber. Other than the six-piston Brembo brakes up front and four-piston calipers at the rear, the XR Sprint models are expected to wear special body graphics and badges.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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