Ford’s New 2016 496HP XR6 & 536HP XR8 Sprint Are The Last Falcons [130 Pics & Video]

Ford Australia has released new photo and video footage of the final ever Ford Falcon special editions; The XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint, including a huge photo gallery which includes images of pre-release testing.

The special editions, of which only 1400 will be built, start at $54,990 AUD for the XR6 Sprint and $59,990 AUD for the XR8 Sprint. While the XR8 Sprint is available with 6-speed manual or automatic gearboxes, the XR6 Sprint is auto only.

For that outlay, you get significant power increases, suspension modifications, ‘Sprint’ embossed seats, build plates, plus a unique stripe package.

The XR6 Sprint gets a 435hp (325kW) and 576Nm (424lb ft) 4.0-litre turbocharged straight-six- but that jumps to 496hp(370kW) and 650Nm(480lb ft) thanks to a transient overboost function.

The XR8 Sprint, meanwhile scores a 462hp (345kW), 575Nm (424lb ft) iteration of the supercharged Miami V8 (based on the Coyote seen in the Mustang GT), or 536hp(400kW) and 650Nm (480lb ft) with temporary overboost.

Both cars have gold-plated Brembo calipers; six-pistons clasp the 355mm front rotors with four-pistons, 330mm rotors out back. Suspension-wise, the pair benefit from new springs and Sach’s dampers, a larger anti-roll bar on the XR6, new wheel alignment and camber settings said to enhance steering feedback. Staggered Pirelli P-Zero’s (245mm front/265mm rear) complete what could be the best handling Falcon ever made.

With production winding up in October, we are unlikely to see other special editions such as the Falcon RS, but the Sprint twins will be great to drive and emimently collectable.


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