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Kez Casey | Feb, 09 2016 | 13 Comments

Ford has announced details of its special edition Falcon XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint, showing unique styling and boosted performance.

Just 1400 Falcon Sprints will be produced, 550 XR6s and 850 XR8s, with New Zealand set to recieve 50 of the XR6 and 100 of the XR8.

But the big news is what’s under the bonnet. The XR6 Sprint becomes the most powerful six-cylinder factory-Falcon ever, thanks to 325kW at 6000rpm and 576Nm 2750 rpm from its turbocharged 4.0 litre straight six engine.

If that’s not enough, an overboost function lifts outputs to 370kW and 650Nm briefly.

For those seeking even more grunt, the XR8 Sprint turns the wick up on Ford’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 with 345kW at 5750rpm and 575Nm between 2220 and 6250rpm.

That’s 20kW more, but 1Nm less that the XR6 Sprint. Tapping into the XR8 Sprint’s overboost unleashes 400kW and 650Nm.

That makes the XR6 Sprint more powerful than the last Ford Performance Vehicles F6, with its standard 310kW output, but leaves some breathing space between the uprated XR8 and the highly collectable GT F with its 351kW V8.

The XR6 Sprint borrows its larger intercooler, turbocharger, and injectors from the F6, but features a unique lower airbox, a new larger intake system, and unique calibration for the engine and transmission.

XR6 Sprint models come teamed with Ford’s six-speed automatic, while the XR8 Sprint is offered with a choice of six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic.

Visually the Sprint models differ from the regular XR models thanks to a lower decal package, 19-inch black alloy wheels, Brembo brake calipers finished in gold, black headlamp bezels, a black rear spoiler, uniquely designed foglamp surrounds, and Sprint badging on the front guards and bootlid.

XR8 Sprint also gains a black painted roof, and black mirror caps. Ford has only released one image of the XR8 Sprint (top and above).

Inside leather and lux suede trim covers the seats which also feature Sprint embroidery. There is also dual-zone climate control, high-series audio, a chromatic rear view mirror, a unique gear shifter assembly and surround, and a unique instrument cluster featuring the Sprint logo.

An individually numbered build plate affixed to the engine completes the Sprint package.

The XR6 Sprint is priced at $54,990 plus on road costs, a price hike of $9300 compared with the regular XR6 auto. The XR8 Sprint manual is priced at $59,990, with the automatic from $62,190, representing a price rise of $6500 for the manual, and $8700 for the automatic.

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