Ford Falcon XR6 and XR8 review
Ford XR6 Sprint
Ford Falcon Sprint are the fastest and most influential cars Australia has ever produced, and soon they will be gone ceaselessly.The transformation goes well beyond the subtle black outer surface highlights and badges.
The suspension and steering were well calibrated to optimise the Pirelli P Zero tyres, and Ford did not leave anything on the spare parts, fitting race-bred 6-piston foot brake calipers in front and 4-piston calipers at the back.Ford engineers are familiar with the four litre 6-cylinder. Locally planned and manufactured inline 6’s have been powering Falcons ever since the first one in 1960.
The turbo six curved out to be enhanced than Ford expected for and is faster and extra efficient than V8, and lighter over the edge, which enhanced the balance and feel of the car.When Detroit in due course gave the progress for another V8 (‘The Boss’), Ford Australia outlined it may as well offer the turbo six, since it had previously done most of the advanced work.
In spite of being the best engine Australia has ever created, it has in no way sold as well as the V8. Even though the turbo six has its own attractive note, performance-car buyers crave the V8 roar.The turbo’s power liberation is more linear than the V8 right across the range. There’s a subtle noise between gear shifts.
The special negligible involvement from the stability control on a tight and demanding piece of path is the only thing that dares slow the XR6 Turbo Sprint.
It’s thrilling to drive and experiences more like a sports car than a fleet sedan.Nothing feels superior to this. Until we get into the XR8
Ford XR8 Sprint
While the central part of the XR8’s engine comes from the US, every domestic part – and the supercharger — is fastened together in Geelong, beside the six-cylinder engine assembly line.It is basically the similar engine fixed to the last Falcon GT, but Ford intentionally left a performance gap for its icon.
The XR8 Sprint has less supremacy compared to GT (345kW Vs 351kW) but more torque (575Nm Vs 569Nm).But it turned out to be an arguable point, because with all the improvement the XR8 Sprint drives superior than the GT.The XR Sprint – aided in no tiny part by the outstanding Pirelli tyres – flattens uneven roads and handles curves better than any other Falcon before it.
The supercharger howl is magnificent. It’s so thunderous it leaves your spine tingling and your ears buzzing.The XR8 has smaller amount of grunts at lower revs compared to the XR6, but once it hits 4000rpm all breaks get loosed.The unique sound makes it sound faster than it really is (as we discovered after placing timing equipment on the car), but who is concerned?
It turns out you can have too much of a good thing, however. The supercharger howl starts to stumble out of tight and twisty roads as the V8 overpowers the hold from the tyres, and the steadiness control intervenes.Wrestling the XR8 up a snaking mountain pass makes you experience like you’ve occupied a rock hiking wall. It commands all of your attentiveness but the reward is powerful.