When people think muscle cars, generally, icons of America’s most noteworthy V8’s come to mind – Camaro, Mustang and Challenger to just name a few. However down under in Australia, where most things that crawl into your shoes will try and bite you; there are two RWD V8 arch rivals. Holden’s Commodore and Ford’s long-serving Falcon.
Sadly for our Aussie fans, both are a dying breed; Ford is stopping local vehicle production in 2016 and Holden in 2017. In Ford’s case it means killing the Falcon nameplate (one of the longest running in automotive history) and bringing an end to the blue oval’s last RWD V8-powered sedan.
Obituaries aside, what if Ford reversed their decision and even better still, revived Mad Max’s most favoured drive – the Ford Falcon Coupe? Great you say? So let’s illustratively explore with a proposal I’ve put together:
In a design sense, resurrection of such a concept would follow in Ford’s current styling ethos and embrace elements from the Falcon’s illustrious past. Inspiration is heavily borrowed from the XA/XB Falcon coupe of the 70’s, with its circular headlight lenses, flared up rear haunches and roofline profile.
You’ll also see an solid dose of 2015 Mustang in the overall proportions, with a long hood, fastback tail and general surfacing language. Rear stance is emphasised by an high-angled spoiler, quad exhaust pipes and full-width horizontal LED tri-bar taillights.
Under the muscular bodywork could lay the Mustang’s fundamental building blocks in body structure and mechanicals. Cue a rigid platform, EcoBoost four cylinder and V8 power plants, RWD and independent rear suspension. Another possibility is to carry over the supercharged (and highly underrated) 5.0-liter V8 from Ford Australia’s now defunct performance division – FPV.
Unfortunately, such an offering from Down Under would potentially poach sales from the Mustang in America. Therefore, one could only foresee it being sold in countries where people drive on the left and where the ‘Stang‘ isn’t available. However if it did, this 2+2 seater hypothetical would battle against Nissan’s 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro.
So come on Ford, how about giving back to the folks of the land down under by bringing back the last of the V8-powered interceptors.
Tell us what you think below.
By Josh Byrnes
Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes