The Ford Falcon XR8 is back after a four-year sabbatical. With the Ford Performance Vehicles brand now discontinued, with the GT along with it, the XR8 is now the great blue hope against the V8 Commodores.
If XR8s of the past decade have been on the underwhelming side, the latest version has impressive on-paper credentials. Loaded with the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from the FPV GT under its bonnet, there’s 335kW of power and 570Nm of torque.
The XR8 has also pinched the uprated suspension from the GT RSPEC, which includes stiffer springs and dampers, thicker anti-roll bar at the rear, and Brembo brakes up front.
That all bodes well for a great-handling V8 Falcon, though the XR8 already sounds like a tremendous buy when you consider its $52,490 price tag undercuts the GT RSPEC by nearly $25,000.
Time to find out, then, if what is the last ever Ford Falcon XR8 is also the best…