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Ford Falcon Sprint Draws on Legacy, Packs Power and Performance!

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

  • Limited-edition, high performance Falcon XR6 and XR8 Sprint models evoke connection with performance heritageThe spirited XR8 Sprint delivers 345 kW of power while XR6 offers an impressive 325 kW3
  • Subtle, but distinctive exterior and interior design cues for limited-edition model, including a silhouette black-painted roof for the XR8 Sprint
  • XR Sprint program part of Ford’s $300 million R&D spend in 2015

MELBOURNE – Ford is drawing on its performance heritage to launch the limited-edition, high-performance Falcon Sprint series, which goes on sale in May.

A total of just 1400 limited edition Falcon Sprints will be built with 550 being XR6 Sprints and 850 XR8 Sprints. New Zealand will be allocated 150 cars – 50 XR6 Sprints and 100 XR8 Sprints. Each will receive numbered build plates for each model – located on the engine.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our Falcon enthusiasts a car that truly represents the performance DNA of Ford,” according to Graeme Whickman, Ford President and CEO.

“The Falcon chassis is recognised for its refined ride and fantastic balance but our dedicated product development engineers have taken the opportunity to further hone the Falcon’s dynamic package – ride, body control and performance of the six cylinder turbo and V8.

“We think customers will really appreciate the amount of dedication and work that’s gone into this limited-edition series.”

Visually, the Sprint series will receive subtle exterior design cues to mark their exclusivity, including 19-inch black wheels, upgraded Brembo brake package in gold, black headlamp bezels, a distinctive black rear deck spoiler and new front foglamp surrounds.

To provide further distinction, the XR8 Sprint adds a Silhouette black painted roof and black wing mirrors.

Inside, the Falcon Sprint series receives a unique interior featuring Sprint seats in leather/lux suede, chromatic mirror, dual zone climate control with high-series audio, unique shifter assembly and surround and unique gauge cluster with “Sprint” logo. The manual shifter on the XR8 Sprint gains a “Sprint” labelled shifter.

Fundamental to the Sprint development program was designing and building a performance Falcon with the dynamic attributes expected by Falcon enthusiasts.

Packing Power

At the core of the Sprint are two proven engines, Ford’s turbocharged 4.0 in-line six cylinder and acclaimed Supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

The XR8 Sprint will be powered by a bespoke Sprint calibrated version of Ford’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 that develops 345 kW @ 5,750 rpm and 575 Nm @ 2,220-6,250 rpm3. The XR6 Sprint is also a performance powerhouse, developing 325 kW @ 6,000 rpm and 576 Nm @ 2,750 rpm3.

Both engines benefit from a transient overboost function that provides extra performance for up to 10 seconds if conditions allow, specifically intake air temperature under normal operation.

In the case of the XR6 Sprint, performance can lift from 325 kW / 576 Nm to an overboost of up to 370 kW / 650 Nm. In the XR8 Sprint, the transient overboost function briefly lifts power and torque of up to 400 kW and 650 Nm3.

In the XR6 Sprint Ford engineers have added a larger intercooler, sourced the turbo and injectors from the F6, unique Sprint transmission calibration, new lower airbox, bespoke engine calibration and new larger air intake system.

The in-line six-cylinder Turbo engine is considered by many enthusiasts to be one of Ford’s iconic performance engines. It represents phenomenal performance in a high efficiency design.

The Falcon XR Sprint series will be available as an automatic Turbocharged six-cylinder, while the Supercharged V8 will be available with either a manual and automatic transmission.

In the XR6 Sprint, the automatic transmission calibration was revised to take advantage of the increased power and extended torque levels that are available with the revised turbocharged engine. The automatic transmission in the XR8 Sprint uses the Falcon GT-F transmission calibration to ensure durable shift performance.

The development of the Falcon XR Sprint series has benefited from Ford’s $300 million investment in R&D. Over the past six years Ford has spent around $2 billion on R&D.

The Sprint program was led by a team of Falcon Product Development specialists, part of the Asia Pacific Product Development organisation based in Victoria.

Exterior Design

Key design elements on the new XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint are:

XR6 Sprint

  • New front fog-lamp surround, with cut out vent in bumper
  • New stripe decal in signature hockey stick style
  • New Sprint badge (Rear)
  • New Sprint mudguard badge (Side)
  • Indicator moved to wing mirror – body coloured for XR6
  • ‘Sprint’ scuff-plates
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • Body coloured deck-lid Applique
  • Staggered 19-inch alloy wheels in black
  • Premium 6-Piston (Front), 4-Piston (Rear) Brembo Brakes in unique Gold colour
  • Numbered build plates for each model – both located on the engine
  • Rear Deck spoiler in black

XR8 Sprint

Same features as XR6 Sprint; plus

  • Silhouette black painted roof
  • Black wing mirrors

Interior Design

XR6 & XR8 Sprint

  • Unique Sprint Interior – featuring Sprint Seat Package of Leather/Lux Suede trim
  • Interior Electro-Chromatic Mirror
  • Interior Command Centre, including dual zone climate control and high-series audio
  • Unique Shifter assembly and surround
  • Manual shifter for V8 gets “Sprint” labelled shifter
  • Unique Gauge Cluster with “Sprint” logo
  • SYNC 2 with satellite navigation and Bluetooth2 connectivity

Performance

XR6 Sprint

  • Power - 325 kW @ 6,000 rpm3
  • Torque - 576 Nm @ 2,750 rpm3

XR8 Sprint

  • Power - 345 kW @ 5,750 rpm3
  • Torque - 575 Nm @ 2,220 – 6,250 rpm3

XR6 and XR8 Sprint customers will have a choice of six colours for their vehicles with the ‘hero’ colours being Victory Gold for the XR8 and Smoke for the XR6.

Exterior Body Colour Falcon XR6 Sprint Falcon XR8 Sprint
Winter White (solid paint)
Smoke
Aero Blue
Silhouette
Kinetic
Victory Gold

2016 a Performance Year

After a record number of new vehicle launches, which saw the arrival of the refreshed Focus, Focus ST, Ranger, award-winning Everest SUV and Mustang, Ford’s performance story in 2016 will be further bolstered with the arrival of the all-wheel drive Focus RS, alongside the limited edition Falcon Sprint series.

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About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Mich. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.

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