Ford Australia says it will more than double its planned production run for the brutal new Falcon XR8.
Initially expecting to produce about 1200 units, Ford now says its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne is on track to crank out 2800 of these “future classics” before its local factory is slated to close in late 2016.
Given total Falcon sales across all variants are averaging fewer than 500 units per month over January-February, it’s obvious that the XR8 is making up a high ratio of FG X sales.
“We have been buoyed by the amazing customer interest and demand for the XR8,” said Ford general marketing manager David Katic.
“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.”
The XR8 sedan — which in FG X guise marked the return of a dormant nameplate as a last hurrah for the Falcon — is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged 32-valve V8 with 335 kW at 5750rpm and 570Nm at 2200-5500rpm.
It also features a range of upgrades including front Brembo four-piston caliper brakes and rear single-piston caliper brakes, high-specification cooling fan, a limited slip differential, heavy duty battery and sports steering gear.
Apart from an upgraded brake package, the exterior has a performance ‘power’ bulge on the bonnet, quad-tipped exhaust system, power side exterior repeater mirrors and unique shadow-line five-spoke 19-inch x 8.0 (front) / 9.0 (rear) alloy wheels.
Under the body are retuned rear dampers and springs, a larger rear stabiliser bar (up from 18mm to 19mm), retuned front dampers, stiffer front upper spring mounts, stiffer front upper control arm bushings, and front and rear suspension geometry adjusted to complement 275 rear tyres.
“We’re very proud of the work that’s gone into the XR8,” Katic said. “It’s an important halo to the FG X Falcon range and we wanted to deliver the ultimate handling performance machine for customers and they clearly love it.”