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The Ford Falcon XR8 performance flagship will return to the Australian line-up next year at the same time as Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) will draw to a close, the local car maker has announced.

Timed to coincide with the introduction of the updated 2014 Ford Falcon sedan and Territory SUV, Ford Australia says the new V8-powered XR8 will be available from late 2014.

Ford Australia vice president of marketing, sales and service Graeme Whickman said the local manufacturer has received a lot of interest and continued requests from Falcon fans to bring back the XR8 performance model.

Ford FG Falcon XR8

“Re-introducing the XR8 sedan, packaged in our updated Falcon, will make our renowned locally engineered and manufactured V8 engine available to a broader group of people,” Whickman said.

Accompanying the news of the XR8′s return was confirmation that FPV will wind up operations at the same time, spelling the end of the GT nameplate.

With further details to be announced at a later date, Ford says it has “planned a series of actions during 2014 to ensure the final FPV models celebrate the brand’s iconic status.”

FPV assembly at Broadmeadows

“We appreciate all of the great team members, dealers, customers and fans who have supported FPV through its history,” Whickman said.

“We look forward to sharing further details of the final FPV models and the new XR8 over the coming months.”

The last Ford Falcon XR8 was sold in June 2010, powered by a 290kW/520Nm naturally aspirated V8. As for the next iteration – teased in August – it will be Ford’s last last ever, with the Australian manufacturer announcing in May that it will end local production in October 2016. Surely planned to go out with a bang, and given the car maker took full control of FPV from UK-based partner Prodrive in August 2012, the final XR8 Falcon could well borrow an engine from its supercharged V8 cousins, the tamest being a 315kW/545Nm 5.0-litre unit.

Regardless of what goes under its bonnet, the XR8′s successor as Ford Australia’s hero car is already waiting in the wings, with the next-generation Ford Mustang confirmed for Australia from 2015.

Last month, Ford Australia announced it would continue to back the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercars team for the 2014 season, just one day before its drivers Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards took out this year’s Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.




  • Blowie

    How will the closure of fpv hurt the super car series?

    • Tappy

      because, after 2016, there will be no more falcons… FPV or otherwse.. probably have to run a mustang?

      • Rick

        Or a fiesta lol

        • c3vzn

          It has to be a 4 door sedan, so it’ll likely be the new Mondeo.

          • fred

            Rules will change then allowing Mustang.
            With holden going as well, they’ll want to run Camaro.

          • Rick

            The mondeo is as pointless as the Altima . Ford may as well just walk away

          • Phil

            Ford kept their fans through group A, when you couldn’t even buy a Sierra in this country. As long as it’s got a blue oval the fans will still cheer them on, especially if it’s winning. Even if it is a Mondeo.

            It’s more significant that the Australian Formula Ford championship is no more, since Ford pulled their funding. Many of the drivers in V8SC came through the FF ranks. That will hurt the category more than the FPV branding disappearing.

          • Rick

            They might have kept their fans but did they sell any cars ?

          • sam

            Sure did, the XF topped the sales charts and the EA sold in huge numbers despite the quality issues

          • Fairlane

            I hope that the rule aren’t changed to allow 2 door bodys in as this could drasticly change the series as whats to stop nissan from running a 370z with a v8 engine or GM running a Corvette
            If that happens the series will be just another GT series and will lose it uniqueness.

          • Rick

            The GT series is already better to watch than the V8s

          • Fairlane

            Well there are plenty of GT championships
            thoughout the world but only one V8supercars championship.
            Its already called one of the best racing championships in the world by many international commentators.
            and have you seen the crowds the FIA GT series in Europe gets?
            Practice for Sydney aquatic centre synchronized swimming championships gets a bigger crowd lol.

          • User

            Four door sedan eh? if the Focus ST was considered a sedan, it could have a better chance. But it doesnt, so DW

      • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

        They could always run a V8 Focus, there is a V8 touring car class series in South Africa running these. 3 or 4 with the Coyote engine & transaxles have been built in Qld by Pace Innovations to run in that series & I believe they have now been given approval to run in the next 12 hour.
        It wouldnt be too difficult to engineer these to conform with the COTF.

  • Robin_Graves

    Wonder if it will be n/a Miami or the supercharged variant? People are getting good numbers from the cheaper GS with a tune and a set of injectors.

    • Dan

      Supercharged of course. The N/A V8 was killed off because it didn’t meet emissions regulations.
      Forced inductions helps with fuel economy probably more than power if tuned correctly.

      • zahmad

        Other media outlets have been reporting it will be the Supercharged V8, but unware of what state of tune…

      • It complys

        The 5.4 litre V8 may not have met emissions regulations but that was replaced by the 5 litre v8 which eiyher N/A oc S/C has no problem meeting any exhaust emissions. Dan

        • Dan

          Is it because the Miami/Coyote uses an Aluminium block VS the Cast Iron block the Boss engine had?

          • It complys

            Yeah that sounds about right, Dan

    • Zaccy16

      both great engines, but the 335 kw tune would be great!

    • Rick

      Given previous generation changes I’d say they will get the supercharged Miami 335kw and xr6t will likely get the F6 motor . Same as what they did when they went from BF to FG , or at least that’s what I’m hoping

    • matt

      the article clearly states the “locally engineered and manufactured V8″ meaning the supercharged engine, hope they bump it up to 350Kw and 600nm at least.

      • Robin_Graves

        Plenty of bone stock Miami’s dyno at 330 to 340 kW at the wheels so they are already in that ballpark just understated.

        • matt

          did you not read the review of the R-spec on here? they have an overboost function that pumps the engine up to 375kw for a few seconds, of course you will get that at the wheels occasionally when on a dyno, warmed up with not much load. I was talking about a consistent 350kw at least and 600Nm.. AT ALL TIMES. Please people realise these engines have an overboost function like a lot of other forced inducted cars out there,

          • Robin_Graves

            Who cares? Its part of the design and it obviously ‘overboosts’ for more than 20 seconds to capture the peak power rpm on the dyno which for the Miami is around 6700. Most people won’t go WOT for more than 20 seconds unless they are on an autobahn. The VF GTS are only getting around 340 to 380 atw – maybe they have under boost?

          • matt

            ” Its part of the design and it obviously ‘overboosts’ for more than 20 seconds to capture the peak power rpm on the dyno which for the Miami is around 6700″ ok obviously you have not seen a dyno sheet for one, this is above you ill leave it at that.

          • Robin_Graves

            You are right I had only looked at tuned dyno sheets where boost is fairly level throuought the rev range. Just looked at a stock GS one and boost has dropped off a lot where peak power was so ‘over boost’ actually is having little to no effect on peak power levels. So I still don’t see what the hoohar is around over boost and dyno figures. Care to enlighten me oh wise one?

    • Dave

      Ford built a one off GT with 400KW and I think it was basically bigger injectors, better exhaust. Someting that is easily done by anyone

  • barry

    This is going to be a great boost for the Falcons farewell model.The early pics of the 2014 Falcon look good and that big bonnet hump is back,with the more affordable XR8 model.

  • Zaccy16

    Good news! why not go out on a high note! hopefully it will have the full 335 kw tune now FPV are closing

    • barry

      It was a mistake to replace the Xr8 with the GS.Need to also have the xr8 ute Zaccy.

      • Dieseltorque

        Yep. GS sounds like a poverty pack version with added stickers.

  • Alexander Sambuco

    Send out FPV with a bang. Maake an HO Final Phase. Turn the power up to 11. Put wider wheels and massive brakes and better suspension and lose some weight.

  • gtrxuone

    Its been such a long time since we have had some good news come out of Ford Australia.I go back to 2011 and the release of the new Territory.The XR8 is back by the request of the general public,this is great news.

  • MisterZed

    Will the V8 be available in the XT model? Ford used to offer a V8 in the GLi and Forte.

    • Yes Please

      yeah a very GOOD point MZed. Hope they do.

  • Karl Sass

    Bittersweet.

  • Carlos

    I hope they increase the quality of the interior…

  • Dudeface

    I’d personally love to see them drop the 7,000rpm N/A Coyote in the XR8 and keep Miami for higher end models. Or, offer the N/A in all the lesser models and the G8E?

    • Agree

      Should be done

  • Zandit75

    I somehow doubt they will just drop the 335kw FPV engines straight into the XR8 since that will be a blow to the FPV owners and their supposed “Exclusivity” and market value.
    Maybe they will get to those figures eventually, but I’m sure they will at least try to look after their existing FPV customers.
    Admittedly, this has been done in the past with HSV when they changed from VS to VT when the SS all of a sudden had more power then slightly older Clubbies.

  • Anuj

    so this spells the end of the V8 Supercars race???

    • Karl Sass

      There’s Holden, Nissan, Mercedes (sort of) and soon Volvo, I think the series will survive.

  • MattOz

    I prefer the base V8 to be the NA 5.0 of the current Mustang, then supercharged versions optional. The glorious burble is somewhat blunted by some whine that’s trying to make extra power, so forced induction is only for those who need more speed.

  • horsie

    Great job Ford,
    lets list your great business decisions.

    1. AU Falcon – FAIL

    2. Discontinue the Wagon – FAIL

    3. Have the worst TV advertising in the
    history of the Australian auto industry – FAIL

    4. Rename your famous badges, Fairmont,
    LTD – FAIL

    5. Drop the XR8 – FAIL

    6. Not make the Focus locally – FAIL

    7. Bring out great cars but not advertise
    them, Focus all advertising on fiesta and focus – FAIL

    8. Bring back XR8 – Win but too late

    • Its sad they’ve got NO idea.

      Exactly horsie I could add a few to that list but Ford Aussie are b hopeless & have no idea want to do or what anyone wants.!
      Oh add those b stripes on the FPV to that list, for one.
      i wouldn’t buy a Holden, I’m loyal but how many people have Ford lost which are not and they probably wont come back.!

    • matt

      Saying fail to making to focus here when it sells less then the cruze, with holden making a loss on each cruze is a fail comment in itself, I thought we were past this?

      • YepTrue

        Yeah well put Matt but horsie is just a Holden lover and his opinions are very one sided.

    • Cobrajet

      You can’t really blame the death of the Falcon on the AU just because it was ugly, that was too long ago, the sales in increased when the BA was introduced but they fell at a larger rate than the AU, but at the same the commodore was losing sales too. When the wagon and fairlane were gone, it was obvious that Falcon was going to die and dropping the XR8 just mean’t they wanted to die sooner. Ford deliberately wanted the Falcon to end production, because of the one-ford policy and high labour costs and you have forgotten one thing.
      Puting in a new engine – FAIL. They wanted to put a V6 in the Falcon 2007, but failed because they were going to do it by shutting down the engine plant and importing it instead, the workers opposed this strongly.

    • Karl Sass

      Number 2, 3, 6, and 7 were an intentional part of the wind down disguised as incompetence. I was very suspicious after they got rid of the wagon and didn’t replace it.

      • jsj

        So are you suspicious of the Camry? Lancer? Corolla? Those are volume selling cars that had wagons that weren’t replaced. So are they being shut down too?

        Your “suspicious” are nonsense. Why would Ford intentionally be sabotaging itself? All of those ditched model variations were slow sellers so of course they go rid of them and why on earth would they make Focus here when they can get it made in Thailand far cheaper.

        • barry

          Falcon wagon was a strong fleet seller.Seen a Ford add on the tele tonight where all Ford models bar Falcon where shown.A lot of people that don’t follow the car market closely think the Falcon has already ended production.There is no market awareness of the Falcon.
          However the introduction of the XR8 might change that.

          • jetyj

            The Falcon wagon was not a strong seller. In it’s final year they were barely selling about 100 a month. That was when the sedan was selling about 2500 a month. Now with the sedan down to around 800, the wagon would probably be selling about 30 a month. Yes, the proportion of wagon sales would be nearly all fleet but the total numbers were not strong. Having fleet sales is not that good for car business anyway as the margins are low and it’s also bad for resale values which turns new private buyers away.

            If Ford didn’t want to make cars here, they would just stop making cars here. It’s as simple as that. Ford invested money in the BA and FG Falcons but sales declined very quickly shortly after they were released. Ford also spend a decent amount of money developing the AU Falcon and it sold poorly.
            In fact, the least amount of money spend on Falcon investment would’ve been in the pre 1990s when sales were booming, yet the car was absolute crap and way behind the times. The most investment spent on Falcon would be the post 1996 when we finally got a reasonable power output from the Falcon, independent suspension, modern safety features etc.

          • jetyj

            The Falcon wagon was not a strong seller. In it’s final year they were barely selling about 100 a month. That was when the sedan was selling about 2500 a month. Now with the sedan down to around 800, the wagon would probably be selling about 30 a month. Yes, the proportion of wagon sales would be nearly all fleetbut the total numbers were not strong. Having fleet sales is not that good for car business anyway as the margins are low and it’s also bad for resale values which turns new private buyers away.

            If Ford didn’t want to make cars here, they would just stop making cars here. It’s as simple as that. Ford invested money in the BA and FG Falcons but sales declined very quickly shortly after they were released. Ford also spend a decent amount of money developing the AU Falcon and it sold poorly.In fact, the least amount of money spend on Falcon investment would’ve been in the pre 1990s when sales were
            booming, yet the car was absolute rubbish and way behind the times. The most investment spent on Falcon would be the post 1996 when we finally got a reasonable power output from the Falcon, independent suspension, modern safety features etc.

        • Karl Sass

          The demise of the wagon was just a single move in a long line of decisions that were suggesting that Ford was closing down automotive production in Aus. Ford Australia wanted to survive but Ford US didn’t want automotive production here because bigger profits can be made by making Ford Aus an importer only. They did this by cutting off the investment stream and in doing so, allowing sales to wither until they had an excuse to shut down local production.

  • Maz

    I want the Mustang V8, but if Ford had a clue, they would simply use the current 5.0V8 from the Mustang in the standard XR8. 320~kw 5.0 would easily win the HP war over the Commodore SS.

  • sammy

    since when does ford listen to what people actually want?? they’ve done a stellar job of stuffing up the brand for 20 years

  • Someone

    Just a message

  • farmerNIC

    what about the Ute !

  • coyote mod

    The ls123 model powerplants are impressive . But basically the shelf life is disappointing …. I appreciate a engine trans combo that sees me past the breaking it in stage…..

  • Phil

    seeing as the tests are performed indoors on a chassis dyno, with a programmed speed pattern to replicate both the city and highway tests, and with aero drag applied mathematically, and air conditioning on, it’s plainly obvious you made all that up. Nice try though.

  • Mondeo Man

    My EcoBoost Mondeo achieves the claimed economy figures easily, no cheats required. 10-10.5L/100km around town vs 11.0 ADR. Highway cruising at 110km/h + is less than 8.0L/100km, again better than the ADR test. The reason they have tall gearing is because they have such a flat torque curve and pull it easily. I don’t drive for economy either, I love the surge as the car hits the torque curve. I don’t know from where you get your information, but I’ve never heard of listening to the radio affecting fuel consumption! I mean really, do you make this stuff up? Try one of these cars with an engine like mine before you make such ridiculous assertions.

  • Golfschwein

    Isn’t it odd then that a number of fellow bloggers here achieve close enough to official figures? I have, with both my old Golf and my current fuel guzzler.

    I understand that these extreme measures listed last by you are allowable loopholes, but they’re a bit like tipping the coffee jug up on its end to get the last trickle out for breakfast: by the time you’ve got it, the best work has been done already and, in the case of official figures, it’s the basics of the car’s design and engineering nous that establishes its bottom line, not taping up door cracks.

    Your earlier point about them achieving the figures by using stop-start is a bit like complaining that your favourite footy team lost because the other side kicked more goals.

  • F1orce

    Tall gearing? It has nothing to do with tall gear ratios. Every vehicle has a tall final gear. And all cars have short beginning gears. And turbocharged cars usually have shorter gear anyway, to allow faster spooling times. Look at BMW 8-speed auto. The shortest gearing used in any 8-speed available and BMW claims that their 3 series achieves peak torque at 1200rpm LOL yeh right

    I’m talking about the The C200 that is constantly lugging itself due to Mercedes mentality of cruising at school zone on 7th gear.

    8L/100km on the HWY is pathetic for a 2L car with 6-speed auto.

  • Zaccy16

    Exactly I agree, I have a polo tsi turbo petrol and like you I don’t do Eco runs as I love the turbo torque and I am averaging 6.1 litres per 100 km, only .6 more that I could easily achieve to match claim figures with more highway driving

  • F1orce

    European automakers have no choice but to cheat. Cannot blame them as their banana governments are ever imposing the silly standards.

  • Phil

    Sure they do. You probably want me to buy your magic beans as well…

  • Mondeo Man

    Of course the gearing is important. I can’t agree either that 8L/100km from a 1500 kg car with 150 kW is “pathetic” I think it’s pretty good getting that without any particular effort at driving economically. Can you name a similar car that is significantly better. But then you’ve stated that listening to the radio increase fuel consumption. BTW all the ZF 8 speed gearboxes have same gear sets. BMW don’t make auto gearboxes.

  • Rod

    Not sure the way you are measuring the fuel consumption. If I check the trip meter on my Falcon with its old 4 speed auto its only using around 3-4L/100km at cruising speed of 100-110 km/h. It gets from Syd to Bris on “less” than a tank, so that figure it is showing is about right. And thats with 4 people on board. For a car that weighs 1.8 tonnes and an engine twice the size of most cars its pretty amazing really. My uncle does the same trip with a 4 cyl canry and it does not match the falcons economy, not even close.

  • Mondeo Man

    Congratulations on your world record fuel economy! You do realise that 3-4L/100km is equivalent to 70 to 95mpg. Quite astounding in a Falcon, perhaps you might want to reconsider that claim for something a little more believable.