Images have emerged online that seem to confirm Ford Australia is readying at least one special edition; a Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint.
Following trademarks for XR6 Sprint, XR6 Turbo Sprint and XR8 Sprint being lodged in April of this year, images, initially surfacing on Australian FordForums, purportedly show the XR6 Turbo Sprint has started assembly today, with special embroidered seats confirming the nameplate of the special edition.
The leather seats appear to have Alcantara inserts with blue ‘Sprint’ lettering. While it’s difficult to see the rear tyres of the production vehicles, prototypes have been spotted around You Yangs this year with fatter rear tyres equipped, like on the XR8.
Combined with the reduced weight of the 4.0-litre six-cylinder turbo engine – potentially generating 310kW – firmer suspension and grippier tyres, the XR6 Turbo Sprint may turn out to be a quicker and more balanced car than the more serious XR8.
Judging purely by these blurry images, the XR6 Turbo Sprint could come with twin circular exhaust outlets, unlike the single oval setup on the regular Turbo, as well as unique wheels which look larger than the standard 19-inch items. Big red brakes hide behind.
With production of the limited edition model seemingly commencing this month, we can probably expect an announcement from Ford very soon or early in the New Year. An XR8 Sprint is also expected at some point.
Ford Australia has dropped hints that special editions are coming before production ceases in October 2016, which may also include Special Value Packs (SVP’s) in addition to the Sprint, to commemorate 56 years of proud Falcon heritage. We will keep you updated as information comes to hand.