The Ford Falcon XR8 is back, and now the headline act for the 2015 Falcon range has a price tag.
Now we can reveal that Ford fans eager to get into the reborn XR8 will hand over at least $52,490, plus on-road costs.
That amount, which gets you the six-speed manual, sees the XR8 going eyeball-to-eyeball with the Holden Commodore SS V Redline manual and its identical starting price.
The six-speed auto adds $2200 at $54,690 plus on-roads - again matching the equivalent SS V Redline auto dollar-for-dollar.
What's it packing?
Customers may be wondering why the XR8’s starting price puts it almost $10,000 above the cheapest Commodore SS, with Holden also offering a cheaper option in its V8-powered Ute.
Today's news reveals that Ford has aimed straight for the top shelf, with the local carmaker saying it has applied the “best-of-the-best FPV GT RSPEC suspension”.
That makes the new XR8 something of a bargain-priced GT RSPEC, which carried a price-tag of $76,990 when it was released in 2012.
The all-important V8 engine is a Boss 5.0 litre 32-valve unit with a supercharger, making 335kW at 5750 RPM and 570Nm at 2200-5500 RPM - also the same unit used by FPV.
Performance features include Brembo four-piston brakes calipers up front, a high-specification cooling fan, limited slip differential, heavy duty battery and sports steering gear.
There’s also a quad-tipped exhaust system, front and rear parking sensors and five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels measuring eight inches wide at the front and nine at the rear.
‘Victory Gold’ (pictured, top of page) is the XR8’s ‘hero’ paint finish, while other colour choices include Winter White, Lightning Strike, Smoke, Vanish, Silhouette, Kinetic and Emperor.
Inside, the XR8 like all FG X Falcons gets an eight-inch touchscreen, Ford’s Emergency Assistance and SYNC2 systems, DAB+ digital radio and WiFi hotspot.
Other interior features include perforated leather seat trim with grey inserts, alloy scuff plates, dual zone climate control, satellite navigation with Traffic Message Channel and an XR instrument cluster.
“We’re very proud of the work that’s gone into the XR8,” Ford’s David Wilkinson said.
“Compared to the last FG Falcon XR8, the [new] XR8 has better turn-in, more rear grip, noticeably less body roll and an increased sense of control from behind the driver’s seat.”
The reborn XR8 will make its official debut in Melbourne tonight, and a public display will be held at the 1000 Pound Gallery over the weekend.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 Ford FG X Falcon Sedan
- Falcon 4.0L Petrol or 2.0L EcoBoost (auto) - $35,900
- Falcon XR6 4.0L Petrol (manual) - $35,590
- Falcon XR6 4.0L Petrol (auto) - $37,790
- Falcon XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol (manual) - $42,990
- Falcon XR6 Turbo 4.0L Petrol (auto) - $45,190
- Falcon G6E 4.0L Petrol or 2.0L EcoBoost (auto) - $40,110
- Falcon G6E Turbo 4.0L Petrol (auto) - $46,550
- Falcon XR8 5.0L Petrol (manual) - $52,490
- Falcon XR8 5.0L Petrol (auto) - $54,690
Note: EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is a no-cost option on Falcon and Falcon G6E
Options - Falcon XR8
- Prestige Paint - $385
- Matching Alloy Spare - standard
- Leather Seat Trim - standard
- Tow Pack (1600kg rated) - $550