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After spending time away on other projects, our spy photographer is back into the swing of things, bringing you the latest developments from Ford’s ‘Orion’ project.

Despite what it may look like, thisXR8 prototype is not driving around with training wheels on…

The small wheel attached to the rear is used to check the accuracy of the on-board trip computer under varying loads and driving conditions. In this instance, the rear of the vehicle appears to have been filled with heavy material, increasing weight and making acceleration a slightly harder task.


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One of the latest developments in the Falcon hunt – and one that has already been picked by our vehicle stylist – is the redesign of the rear passenger doors. As you can see below, the uneasy entry/exit trait common to all Falcons from the AU, to BF may have been alleviated with a straight cut door line, and an extension of the roof line, allowing easier entry and exit.

Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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The rear end has been somewhat of a mystery during the course of the vehicle’s development. These photos shed some light on the angle and shape of the rear lights, suggesting more of a smooth and flowing design.

Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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A reader has also sent in some photos of a base model sedan and tubbed utility testing in country Victoria. Certainly not discreet, the awkward colours and shapes were a dead give away to our keen-eyed reader who had a camera on hand to snap the pair testing.

Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Ford Falcon Orion Spy Photos
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Remember, if you have any spy photos of Ford’s new Falcon – or any other vehicle for that matter – contact CarAdvice, if the photos are decent, we’re willing to pay cash (more than the major magazines). High-resolution copies of the images attached are available. Please contact CarAdvice to request copies.




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