Responding to pressure from dealers for more stock, Ford has announced a new production schedule for its flagship Falcon XR8.
Reviving the XR8 for the last-ever Falcon model, the FG X, has proved a master stroke for Ford, who initially planned to sell around 1200 units.
The XR8 was always destined to be something of a ‘collectors’ model, as the Falcon badge is to be retired once Ford packs up its local manufacturing facilities in 2016.
But now, at least 2800 customers will have the chance to secure the model (assuming they buy one each) as Ford confirms it will build more than twice as many XR8s as first scheduled due to dealer demand.
“We have been buoyed by the amazing customer interest and demand for the XR8,” Ford’s David Katic said.
“It’s been a runaway success and our dealers have been asking for more. As a result we’ve been working closely with our key stakeholders to find a way of increasing production; which we can now confirm.”
Mr Katic said customers were “clearly loving” the XR8, and praised Ford’s local engineering team for the sedan’s handling credentials.
The XR8 scores the FPV GT RSPEC’s suspension package, matched with Brembo four-piston brake calipers up front, a limited-slip differential at the rear and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Power comes from a Boss 5.0 litre 32-valve V8 engine with a supercharger, making 335kW at 5750 RPM and 570Nm at 2200-5500 RPM - also the same unit used by FPV.
Other performance features include a high-specification cooling fan, heavy duty battery, a quad-tipped exhaust system and larger rear stabiliser bar.
Prices for the 2015 Ford Falcon XR8 start at $52,490 plus on-roads, and we’re guessing Ford will have little trouble shifting the new batch of XR8s.