The limited edition Falcon Sprint was revealed publicly at the 2016 All-Ford Day in Geelong.
Three pre-production models were displayed at the show, along with newly revealed information. Both cars feature a heavily revised powertrain calibration and suspension set-up as well as launch control on all variants as standard. New high-performance Pirelli tyres and Brembo brakes have also been added.
The XR6 Sprint is not only the fastest six-cylinder Falcon of all time, but might even be quicker than its eight-cylinder sibling. Making 325kW of power and 576Nm of torque the new car has a 55kW and 43Nm jump on the standard XR6 Turbo. However, when the six-pot Sprint finds overboost mode, power leaps up to 370kW and 650Nm of torque.
The car is able to make these figures thanks to a revisited engine and gearbox calibration to suit it’s larger turbocharger, bigger injectors and intercooler. Also aiding in the increased power output by optimising air-flow, is a specially designed carbon-fibre air intake system.
“The Falcon’s legacy will live on well beyond this year through our designers and engineers that will continue to innovate to make Australian’s lives better,” says Graeme Whickman, president and CEO, Ford of Australia. “The Falcon XR6 Sprint’s new innovative carbon fibre engine air intake is the latest example of how our local engineers and suppliers will reshape the auto industry well into the future.”
The V8 powered XR8 Sprint produces 345kW of power and 575Nm of torque – that’s a 10kW and 5Nm jump on standard. In overboost mode, the XR8 Sprint makes a very impressive 400kW of power and 650Nm of torque.
All variants are equipped with specially designed Pirelli P-Zero tyres. The new tyre set-up is said to improve handling and reduce braking distances. The tyres measure 245/35 R19 at the front and 265/35 R19 at the rear. Handling dynamics are further improved with 335mm big-slotted and cross-drilled Brembo brake discs with six-piston callipers at the front, and similiar 330mm discs with four-piston callipers.
“All Fords are renowned for their dynamic DNA – from steering to ride and handling – and with the XR Sprint series our enthusiast customers will experience a number of improvements first-hand. The ride and steering response has improved and the cars feel more agile and can easily be adjusted mid-corner.” Said David Wilkinson, Vehicle Line Director of Falcon and Territory.
The Ford Falcon Sprint will be put into production in April when orders close, with only 500 XR6s and 650 XR8s to be made for Australia. Pricing starts at $54,990 and $59,990 respectively.