Key Sprint upgrades include a power increase for both engines, although at this stage Ford hasn’t revealed what those engine outputs will be, performance upgrades will likely come courtesy of FPV's former line-up.
For XR6 Turbo Sprint that means a potential 310kW tune, up from 270kW, while the supercharged XR8 Sprint could jump up to 351kW from its current 335kW if Ford uses the engine last seen in the FPV GTF - an official announcement regarding the performance upgrades will follow closer to the 2016 launch.
Other Sprint additions include an upgraded brake package, unique alloy-wheel designs, a unique exterior stripe package, ‘Sprint’ embroidered seats, Sprint badging for the boot lid and front guards, and a numbered build plate affixed to the engine.
The XR6 Turbo Sprint will come paired with a six-speed automatic, while the XR8 Sprint will offer a choice of six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic.
“There has been a lot of speculation around what our plans are for Falcon in 2016 and today we’re happy to confirm that Ford will build a special series to celebrate Australia’s large sedan,” Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman said.
“The XR Sprint will be a limited-edition series and one we think will be highly regarded by our Falcon fans. Ultimately too, like many of our performance Fords, we expect it to be a highly collectible car.”
Just how collectable remains to be seen - Ford hasn’t announced the production run for the limited edition models, and may be waiting to see what level of demand the Sprint series generates before locking itself into a firm production run.
The Sprint name, while used in the US as early as the 1960s, first appeared in Australia on a run of 300 ED series XR8 Falcons which featured V8 performance enhanced by Ford’s then performance partner, Tickford. The last use of the Sprint name was on a limited edition of the AU XR6 VCT.
Along with the two Sprint models, Ford’s performance offerings in 2016 will also include the Mustang range, as well as the all-wheel-drive Focus RS hot hatch.
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