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Mike Stevens | Nov, 11 2013 | 14 Comments

2014 FORD FALCON XR8 CONFIRMED

Ford Australia has confirmed that the beloved XR8 badge will return in 2014 as part of the promised update to the Falcon range.

It's a bittersweet win for fans however, with today's announcement bringing final confirmation that the FPV brand will be shut down by the end of 2014, ahead of the Falcon's retirement in 2016.

The news could prove a win for collectors however, with a number of celebration models planned before the FPV badge disappears.

“We appreciate all of the great team members, dealers, customers and fans who have supported FPV through its history. We look forward to sharing further details of the final FPV models and the new XR8 over the coming months," Ford Australia's Graeme Whickman said today.

As the last last eight-cylinder in the range, the 2014 XR8 will be driven by the Miami engine that powers models in the FPV range, and could introduce other features from the hero GT models.

For now, the carmaker is offering little word on what the XR8 and final FPV models will offer, however we can likely expect the FPV models to wear the current range's styling.

“We have received a lot of interest and continued requests from Falcon fans to bring back the XR8,” Whickman said.

“Re-introducing the XR8 sedan, packaged in our updated Falcon, will make our renowned locally-engineered and manufactured V8 engine available to a broader group of people.”

Ford has yet to confirm specific details of the updated Falcon range, although Ford representatives confirmed with TMR earlier this year that the refreshed look will be heavily inspired by the new Mondeo range (also due here later next year).

What will replace the Falcon in 2016 is unclear, although it is possible Ford will focus on the Mondeo as its largest family and fleet offering outside of its SUV range.

Likewise, a replacement for the Territory is still yet to be identified or even confirmed.

Replacing the performance models in the Falcon range, at least for rear-wheel-drive fans, will be Ford's upcoming new Mustang, which the carmaker has confirmed for Australia.

See our links below for more news on Ford, the updated Falcon, and the incoming Mustang.

MORE: 2014 Ford Falcon Update Confirmed, Mustang On The Way
MORE: Australian Automotive Manufacturing News
MORE: Falcon And Territory Lines To End In 2016
MORE: Falcon News And Reviews | FPV News and Reviews

 
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