2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint, XR6 Turbo Sprint Revealed
Limited build run, big power hikes
by Mike Stevens
Full details on the new limited-edition 2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Sprint and XR8 Turbo Sprint sedan models have been revealed this morning, just hours after first leaking onto the internet.
As confirmed yesterday afternoon, the returned Sprint badge brings more power and some sharp price hikes for both variants, along with upgraded brakes and a subtle graphics package.
The XR6 Turbo Sprint will be offered at $54,990 plus on-road costs, marking a $9800 premium over its regular counterpart, while a $59,990 plus on-roads cost for the XR8 Sprint represents a $6500 increase.
Just 1400 of the limited-edition Sprint models will be built: 550 of the XR6 model and 850 of the XR8, with 150 of those (50 XR6, 100 XR8) going to New Zealand. Numbered build plates will, of course, also feature.
On the power front, both models have had outputs dialled up, with the six-cylinder model now tapping its V8 mate on the back — and the XR8 wisely staying off the 351kW limited-edition FPV GT-F 351’s lawn.
For the turbocharged 4.0-litre XR6 Turbo Sprint, power is now up a huge 55kW and 43Nm to a new 325kW at 6000rpm, and torque peaks at 576Nm at 2750rpm. With the 10-second short-burst Overboost function in play, that climbs to 370kW and 650Nm.
Tricks at work in the XR6 Turbo Sprint include pilfering the FPV F6’s turbo and injectors, but there’s also a larger intercooler, a lower-positioned airbox, enlarged air intake design, and a unique calibration to the engine and six-speed automatic transmission (no manual with this one).
Ford Falcon XR6 and XR8 Sprint spied ahead of May release
A CarAdvice reader has spied Ford’s yet to be released, limited-edition Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint and Falcon XR8 Sprint models, which are due to go on sale in May 2016.
We exclusively revealed last year that Ford Australia would revive the Sprint nameplate for a boosted set of XR6 Turbo and XR8 models.
The official confirmation from Ford confirmed that the Sprint nameplate would return and buyers would be graced with a generous power hike on XR6 Turbo and sharper performance on XR8.
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