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2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint & XR8 Sprint officially revealed

February 9, 2016

Ford Australia has finally announced details and pricing for the new 2016 Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint and Falcon XR8 Sprint, based on the last ever Falcon, the FG X.

2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint

These have been put together as a last hurrah for the Falcon before it unfortunately goes out of production, forever. Both Sprint models are strict limited editions, with just 550 versions of the XR6 and 850 examples of the XR8 Sprint going up for grabs – 50 XR6 Sprints and 100 XR8 Sprints going to New Zealand.

As suspected, the new XR6 Turbo Sprint uses the 4.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine from the old FPV F6. It produces 325kW and 576Nm, with an overboost function that provides up to 370kW.

For the XR8 Sprint, power comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 belting out 345kW and 575Nm. There is also an overboost function that provides up to 400kW.

To make sure the otherwise skittish rear end of the Falcon stays planted, both special editions use a sporty staggered tyre and wheel size. The exact measurements haven’t been confirmed but it is expected to comprise of 19- by 9.0-inch rear wheels wearing 245 front and 275 rear tyres.

Further separating the Falcon Sprint editions is a unique rear wing and decals, and the wheels themselves are also bespoke to the Sprint. Inside, there’s Sprint-embroidered seats as previously spotted, as well as unique Sprint gauge cluster and the SYNC 2 multimedia system.

The new models will officially hit showrooms in May. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs). If you’re interested, we’d suggest you get in quick to make a deposit.

2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint – $54,990 (auto only)
2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint manual – $59,990
2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint auto – $62,190

Features:

XR6 Sprint

  • New front fog-lamp surround, with cut out vent in bumper
  • New stripe decal in signature hockey stick style
  • New Sprint badge (Rear)
  • New Sprint mudguard badge (Side)
  • Indicator moved to wing mirror – body coloured for XR6
  • ‘Sprint’ scuff-plates
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • Body coloured deck-lid Applique
  • Staggered 19-inch alloy wheels in black
  • Premium 6-Piston (Front), 4-Piston (Rear) Brembo Brakes in unique Gold colour
  • Numbered build plates for each model – both located on the engine
  • Rear Deck spoiler in black

XR8 Sprint

Same features as XR6 Sprint; plus

  • Silhouette black painted roof
  • Black wing mirrors

Interior Design

XR6 & XR8 Sprint

  • Unique Sprint Interior – featuring Sprint Seat Package of Leather/Lux Suede trim
  • Interior Electro-Chromatic Mirror
  • Interior Command Centre, including dual zone climate control and high-series audio
  • Unique Shifter assembly and surround
  • Manual shifter for V8 gets “Sprint” labelled shifter
  • Unique Gauge Cluster with “Sprint” logo
  • SYNC 2 with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity

Colour options:

Exterior Body Colour

Falcon XR6 Sprint

Falcon XR8 Sprint

Winter White (solid paint)

Smoke

Aero Blue

Silhouette

Kinetic

Victory Gold

 

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.

  • digitalpeer

    bout time ford put 275’s under the falcon. constantly struggles for grip. hopefully this helps tame the mad power output. if they keep the price reasonable this will go to the top of my list.

    • Marty.A

      Current XR8 has 275 rears as did the GT-R spec in 2012 and the GT-F in 2014.

  • digitalpeer

    Turbo AUTO only!!?!!?! WTF FORD!!

    • Daniel O’Connell

      Auto’s the best one anyway.

      • Concerned Economist

        Yep, the auto is smarter and quicker than all of us. You don’t want a manual these days unless you are also into SDM. Manuals these days are for poseurs and ego driven hold-outs. You know the sort – the ” Mines bigger than yours” crowd! :-).

        • Concerned Economist

          Sorry, I retract that comment. It was over the top. There are some wonderful people I know who love their manuals. Who am I to rain on their parade if that’s what they like. I apologise unreservedly to anyone offended by my previous comment. Manual drivers are lovely drivers! 🙂 I would delete the comment if I could.

  • Concerned Economist

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO – it can’t be so!! – they’ve put black homeboy emergency space-saver ugly wheels on the most important Falcon in 56 years. What madness has possessed our passionate men and women at Ford Aus? These incredible cars deserve MUCH more respect than to blight them with such HORRID style as this.It looks like a classy man in an expensive suit with grubby filthy shoes – spoils the look entirely. Thank God it is easy enough to swap wheels but then the originality is gone. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING. !!?? Drugs? Too much sugar that morning? A homeboy new employee infiltration into the styling dept? Please, someone tell me there’s a factory option available within the series. Please . . .

    • prdreilly

      That’s the fashion these days!!! Same for the Redline. I used to hate the black wheel look but I’ve come around now!

  • mikesp

    Good to see they made the xr8 for men atleast…shame i rang all of oz looking for one but no cigar…