Another day, another 2015 Ford Falcon teaser image. But this time there is a performance edge, with the returning XR8 hero car the subject matter.
The revived XR8, which takes over where the soon-to-be-axed FPV brand will leave off, is to be positioned as a hero of the range, much in the way Holden’s SS and Redline models are positioned as leaders of the VF Commodore range.
It is not confirmed, but expect the guts of the outgoing FPV GT, including its 335kW supercharged V8 — up 45kW over the last atmo XR8 sold in 2010 — Brembo brakes and re-jigged suspension to feature on the new, and final, XR8.
The return of the XR8 also comes at an opportune time for Ford to tap into latent demand for hot and affordable V8 Falcons. Remember, the 550-unit strong FPV GT F 351 swansong for Ford’s local performance arm sold out in no time flat after being announced in May this year.
As we know from the existing pair of teaser images, the ‘new’ Falcon will sport very different nose and tail designs that echo the global Fusion/Mondeo. Tweaks include a new hexagonal grille, and sleeker head- and tail-lights with LEDs.
No images of the cabin have been published as yet. Don’t expect wholesale design changes, however you can expect to see the very latest in Ford’s Sync technologies fitted.
Expect to see a reveal of the new Falcon as early as September, followed by a local launch in November. Production will last until close to the end of 2016, when Ford shuts its Broadmeadows assembly line and Geelong engine plant.
Today’s XR8 teaser comes one day after images of the new SZ II Territory were discovered — CarAdvice obtained them from a reliable source — that showed the Falcon-based SUV would get almost no styling updates at all.