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  • Performance , Looks, Power, Sync 2 , Bonnet Bulge
  • interior outdated , Ultra firm ride , Premium Sound poor , lack of FPV type options , Paint quality

by David Muscat

The FGX XR 8 is is the best falcon yet with GT performance and handling for a sub $60k is exceptional.

The performance is breathtaking and hugs the road like no other performance falcon before it.

Exterior styling is agressive yet taut and turns heads where ever I go, it’s engine presence also has a lot to do with that with a burble, whine and cradkle that only the Boss Super Charge Miami 5.0 litre can deliver!

The blue oval has conjured a beast that accelerates, turns and stops with sticky brembos to boot!

The ZF six speed auto works in complete harmony with the 5.0 litre knowing what gear is required, where and when with engine acceleration on tap at any time, whether low down with massive torque or crusing at speed.

Some great touches like SYNC 2 is a step up, complemented by the hockey style led lighting that’s harks back to XR’s trade mark duel lights, this is complemented by the rear LEDs that just set it off well in Kinetic Blue.

Well that’s the positive’s, now the negatives, the cabin is outdated and being essentially FG, which harks back to 2008, is a major let down. Ford had the chance to really send off Falcon with a bang and the vehicle should have been up to the VF Commodore standard in tech ( I say that with gritted teeth!) .

Things like push button start, blind spot monitoring, electric park brake is a must for a 2015 car. Also Ford’s lack of options, such as GTP’s 6 Pistons up front and 4’s at rear, sunroof, auto diming rear vision mirror, 8 way power seat with FPV’s full instruments and button start would have been great and I would have ticked all the options box to have the ultimate Falcon.

The premium sound system is anything but, it lacks amp volume and quality at max volume is equivalent to half volume in the FG model, this is to do with the SYNC 2 system.

I am mad Ford Fan and will miss , like many others, the Falcon badly. This vehicle is etched in Australian motor industry for over 50 years. 56 years as one of the longest running name plate in car history should not be ignored.

I bought the FGX XR 8 to have a piece of Australian engineering excellence that harks back to XK Falcon DNA and a raw muscle car that won’t be replicated ever, regardless of what Ford believe people will see in a two door Mustang.

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