2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint & XR8 Sprint specs confirmed

Ford Australia has opened up a dedicated website for the new 2016 Falcon XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint special editions. It includes a full compilation of images, showing various details for the first time.

2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint

There isn’t much more we need to know in terms of specifications and details, with Ford releasing preliminary details last week and then some leaked information surfaced earlier today.

As confirmed earlier today, the XR8 Sprint will come with Pirelli P-Zero tyres and not the usual Dunlops, measuring 245/35 on the front and 265/35 on the rear. It also gets firmer “S Spec” sports suspension with updated spring rates and increased damper rebound.

The site confirms the XR6 Sprint with its 325kW turbo inline six will come with a “tailor-made” launch control system paired with the six-speed auto (no manual option, only XR8). It also gets Pirelli tyres and the firmer suspension as mentioned above, along with a “re-engineered engine, complete with a larger turbcharger, intercooler, and injectors”.

Another aspect the website confirms is the fuel economy of both. The XR6 Sprint uses 12.8L/100km on the combined cycle, while the XR8 Sprint slurps 13.8 and 14L/100km depending on the transmission (manual/auto). This is up from 12.6L/100km in the old FPV F6 (auto), and up from 13.6-13.7L/100km in the manual and auto 335kW XR8.

Both models also come with 355mm ventilated front discs clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed aluminum calipers on the front and 330mm ventilated discs with four-piston fixed calipers on the rear. The calipers are painted in gold on both models.

Separating the two in terms of specification, other than the engine, is the audio unit. In the XR6 Sprint there’s a “Prestige” setup with six speakers, while the XR8 Sprint gets a “Premium setup with nine speakers and a sub-woofer. On the outside the XR8 Sprint gets black side mirrors and a black roof, and quad outlet exhausts.

Ford Australia is expected to make a formal announcement along with releasing more images early tomorrow. We’ll keep you updated and update this report with more info soon.

More details can be found at the special website found here: http://www.ford.com.au/cars/falcon-sprint

UPDATE: Ford Australia has confirmed the special editions will hit showrooms in May, while confirming the S Spec suspension, and the engine output figures, as below:

XR6 Sprint – 325kW at 6000rpm and 576Nm at 2750rpm
XR8 Sprint – 345kW at 5750rpm and 575Nm at 2220-6250rpm

XR8 Sprint suspension improvements offer:

– Improved ride
– Provided sharper handling
– Increased grip levels
– Improved braking performance and cornering stability
– Reduced understeer
– Increased body control
– Improved balance

XR6 Sprint suspension improvements offer:

– Provided sportier ride
– Provided sharper handling
– Increased grip levels
– Improved braking performance and cornering stability
– Reduced understeer
– Increased body control
– Improved balance versus XR6 Turbo

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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