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Ford Falcon XR6 Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Ford Falcon XR6 Review Australia

 

It has been more almost three decades since Ford has dropped its V8 engines. It was natural, therefore, that the car manufacturing company looked for a suitable alternative to bring in the next performance car. That was how the Ford Falcon XR6 was conceived, fitted with a six-cylinder engine.

 

The XR6 is a sports sedan, following more of European styling. Initially, there was a mixed reception for the car due to the changes in the design. However, the XR6 went on to become one of the most popular Falcons ever created.

The XR6 was available as a sports sedan and Ford introduced an LPG engine version as well. The sedan offered an attractive design and a high performing engine. The LPG engine is not that powerful, aimed at customers looking to save on fuel.

 

Ford Falcon XR6 Review Australia

The Ford Falcon has been around since 1960, produced locally by Ford Australia. After spanning seven generations and almost fifty-five years, the production ended in 2016. The Ford Falcon XR6 belongs to the seventh generation of the range, revealed in 2008. The last generation witnessed a streamlined range with multiple variants and trims levels. More on that in those in the next section.

 

In 2013, Ford Australia officially announced the end of all local production. It meant the end for the Ford Falcon range. The last Falcon produced was a blue XR6 in 2016.

 

Engine variants

The standard engine for the FG range is a 24-valve 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The engine is capable of producing 195 kW of power at 6000 rpm. And a peak torque of 391 Nm at 3250 rpm. The engine successfully meets the Euro 4 emission standards. The turbocharged engines in the Turbo models produce as much as 270 kW of power and 533 Nm peak torque. Harnessing the engine, a ZF six-speed automatic transmission is standard to almost all the trims. Except for the XR models, which also feature a six-speed manual transmission as standard.

 

Model range

The seventh generation of the car, known as the Ford Falcon FG, offered a variety of trim levels. A total of seven trims were offered, falling under three categories. The three categories are the base Falcon, the luxury G6 series and the sports Falcon XR.

 

The base is the Falcon XT. While the Luxury range includes the G6, G6E and G6E turbo. The sports line starts with the XR6, the XR6 Turbo and the XR8. A bunch of ute variants were also offered, including the Ford Falcon XR6 ute, R6, XR6 Turbo and the XR8 ute.

 

Ford Falcon XR6 Specs and Features

This is the base model in the XR range, powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is applied. An automatic transmission is also available as an option. Standard features include:

 ✓ 17-inch alloy wheels

 ✓ Independent rear suspension

 ✓ Sports body kit

 ✓ Sports seats

 ✓ Rear spoiler

 ✓ Fog lamps

 ✓ Leather wrapped steering wheel

 

Falcon XR6 Turbo Specs and Features

 

The XR6 Turbo uses a 4.0-liter I6 Turbo engine. A six-speed automatic transmission is used. The transmission is specifically designed for the turbo models, to handle the additional torque. The XR6 Turbo is the fastest model in the FG range, scoring 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. All the features from the XR6 are included in the Turbo, with the addition of the following:

 ✓ 18-inch alloy wheels

 ✓ Limited slip differential

 ✓ Upgraded front brakes

 

Additional Features

Ford offered the XR Luxury Pack as an option, which can be added on both the Ford Falcon XR6 and the XR6 Turbo. The pack adds dual-zone climate control, 19-inch alloy wheels and a premium sound system. Sports leather seats with black carbon look trim inserts are also included. You can also pay extra for the Tech Pack which adds Bluetooth and iPod compatibility to the infotainment system.

 

Interior

Stepping inside the Ford Falcon XR6 is a mild disappointment. You may have high expectations from Ford of a luxury and world-class interior, something the car’s reputation would lead you to believe. Alas, the inside is delicate and understated, to say the least. The extensive use of plastic gives the feel of cheapness and low quality. Even the door levers are made of plastic and feel strange in hand. A touch of leather and chrome would have been welcome and would have greatly improved the interior feel.

 

Safety Features

Ford does well when it comes to the Falcon’s safety. Traction control, Emergency braking and stability controls are standard. The anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and airbags complete the safety package. As a result, the Ford Falcon has received a five-star rating from ANCAP.

 

Price

Depending on the car’s condition as well as the optional features, you can get your hands on a Ford Falcon XR6 from anywhere between AUD 25,000 to AUD 35,000.

 

Verdict

All in all, the Ford Falcon XR6 is a great everyday car for young drivers or people with small families. The interior and the build quality is questionable without a doubt. But considering the price, these are less of an issue. You get a big, powerful Aussie made sedan which is not going to let you down very easily.

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