June 28th will mark 50 years since the first Australian-built Falcon rolled off the production line at Ford Australia's Broadmeadows plant.
The first Aussie Falcon, the XK series, featured a 2.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 67kW of power and 187Nm - a class-leading set of figures for the time. The carburettor-fed engine with overhead valves numbering two per cylinder, was mated to a three-speed manual or optional two-speed automatic transmission.
By contrast, the current Falcon, the FG series, boasts a modern 4.0-litre six cylinder engine that pumps out 195kW of power and 391Nm of torque. This double overhead cam unit uses sequential multipoint fuel injection and double the number of valves per cylinder as compared to its early predecessor. The base model FG Falcon is available as standard with a six-speed automatic tranmission.
Falcon, the longest running vehicle name in Australian motoring history, will commemorate its golden anniversary with six limited edition anniversary models that will go on sale in June. Each of the special cars to include unique exterior design elements, exclusive interior finishes and added standard equipment compared to the variant on which they are based.
Production of the special 50th anniversary models will commence in June, with each model featuring unique exterior design elements, exclusive interior finishes and additional standard equipment.
"The Falcon's long and distinguished heritage is unmatched by any other car in the history of Australian motoring," said Ford Australia Marketing, Sales & Service Vice President, Beth Donovan."50 years of continuity in any industry is a remarkable achievement, but it's especially rare in a dynamic field like the car industry."
The Falcon 50th anniversary range will include G Series and XR models, with six individual variants available across both sedan and ute bodystyles:
- G6E 50th Anniversary
- G6E Turbo 50th Anniversary
- Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary sedan
- Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary sedan
- Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary ute
- Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary ute
- Falcon XR 50th Anniversary
To differentiate the limited edition models, Falcon XR 50th Anniversary sedan will feature "Medium Stealth" colour accents on its upper and lower grilles, fog lamp bezels, a rear bumper insert and alloy wheels. High series wing mirrors with integrated turn signals and G6 tail lamps are also included.
A new paint colour, known as "Sunburst", a golden-orange metallic, will also be introduced in conjunction with the release of the Falcon 50th Anniversary range and will be the launch colour for XR 50th Anniversary models.
G Series 50th Anniversary models will be available in two new prestige colours. The new colours, "Havana", a brown-mocha metallic, and "Edge", a deep charcoal-grey metallic, will be added to the FG Falcon range in May and August respectively.
As well, special "XR50" badging, body stripes and a "50th Anniversary" fender feature will appear externally, while on the inside, seats, carpet mats and sill panels are embossed with an XR50 logo. 50th Anniversary badging is also incorporated within the instrument cluster graphics.
Added interior features also include special interior trim on the centre console, Interior Command Centre (ICC), instrument panel and front door spears, along with standard dual-zone climate control and high series sports leather steering wheel.
Features specific to the Falcon XR6 50th Anniversary include new partial leather seat trim and 18-inch XR alloy wheels with the detail accent treatment.
The Falcon XR6 Turbo 50th Anniversary receives new leather-detailed seat trim, premium audio system, reverse sensing system and 19-inch XR alloy wheels with striking, full colour accent treatment.
Ute models also receive many of the same exterior and interior appointments as their sedan counterparts. Falcon XR 50th Anniversary Ute models do however exclude sedan-specific items – the rear bumper insert, high series side mirrors, 50th Anniversary fender feature and G6-spec tail lamps, as well as reverse sensing system on the Turbo model.
G Series 50th Anniversary models feature unique accent colour treatments, with "Light Stealth" touches on the upper and lower grilles, fog lamp bezels, rear bumper insert and alloy wheels.
G Series 50th Anniversary models also include unique features such as new leather detailed seat trim with embroidered "50th Anniversary" logos, 50th Anniversary badge, fender feature, carpet floor mats and door scuff plates, along with special interior trim on the centre console, ICC, instrument panel and front door spears.
Additional equipment extends to standard fitment of a satellite navigation system with Suna Traffic Channel and G Series 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with detailed accent treatment.
Production of XR 50th Anniversary models will commence in June, with G Series 50th Anniversary models to follow in July.
"Recommended pricing for the Falcon 50th Anniversary range will be announced closer to the on sale date, but as with previous limited edition models, customers can expect these special vehicles to come with some equally special pricing that will deliver exceptional value for money," Ms Donovan said.