Ford is killing off its HSV-rivalling Ford Achievement Vehicles (FPV) analysis in a move that will additionally mark the end of the allegorical Falcon GT.
As Drive appear alone in July 2013, the FPV ambit – including the iconic Falcon GT archetypal – will be dead off in backward 2014, aback the final amend to the Falcon archetypal goes on sale.
But that’s not the end of the V8 agent for Ford Australia – as a minor alleviation for Ford fans, the aggregation has accepted the acting awakening of the Falcon XR8.
As additionally appear by Drive, the aggregation has now accepted a new Falcon XR8 alternative will go on auction backward in 2014, accustomed over the FPV GT’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. Ability outputs are bottomless but the accepted GT produces 335kW of ability and 570Nm of torque.
The move has the abeyant to abrade those who accept paid for the acme of Ford achievement with the Falcon GT badge.
The new archetypal is accepted to be appreciably added affordable than the absolute supercharged V8 FPV GT, which started at $70,790 additional on-road costs. Aback it was discontinued in 2010 because its 5.4-litre agent did not accommodated austere emissions standards, the XR8 was priced from $50,390.
“We accept accustomed a lot of absorption and connected requests from Falcon admirers to accompany aback the XR8,” Ford Australia carnality admiral of marketing, sales and account Graeme Whickman said.
“Re-introducing the XR8 sedan, packaged in our adapted Falcon, will accomplish our acclaimed locally-engineered and bogus V8 agent accessible to a broader accumulation of people.”
Ford Australia communications and accessible diplomacy administrator Sinead Phipps told Drive the new archetypal would be offered through all Ford dealers alongside the absolute XR6 and XR6 Turbo models.
However, she said there were no affairs to animate the iconic GT-HO badge, as already promised by FPV.
“There will be no GT-HO,” she said.
The backward 2014 addition will accompany with the bounded arm’s final amend of its Falcon sedan and Territory SUV models afore the cast ends Australian manufacturing in October 2016.
While the Falcon GT is broadly admired as the best acclaimed – and best collectible – of all Australian beef cars, Ford has added afresh had a chequered history with aerial achievement Falcons.
In the 1990s Ford acclimated the Tickford name on its tweaked XR6 and XR8 Falcons, which were accepted for administration and achievement modifications that gave them the bend over the battling Holden vehicles.
But in 1999 Ford got added austere about demography on the beef of HSV with FTE, or Ford Tickford Engineering, a added absolute battling for Holden’s achievement partner.
But the cast – which awash the T-Series ambit of Falcons and Fairlanes – never bent on and was phased out afore actuality replaced in 2003 by FPV.
That move additionally saw the abiding acknowledgment of the iconic Falcon GT, a allegorical nameplate in the 1970s but one that was alone briefly active with bound editions in the 1990s.
The annihilation of the Falcon – and Falcon GT – promises to be the end of an era.
with Toby Hagon
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