Ford is drawing on its performance heritage to launch the limited-edition, high-performance Falcon Sprint series, which goes on sale in May. A total of just 1400 limited edition Falcon Sprints will be built with 550 being XR6 Sprints and 850 XR8 Sprints. New Zealand will be allocated 150 cars – 50 XR6 Sprints and 100 XR8 Sprints. Each will receive numbered build plates for each model – located on the engine.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our Falcon enthusiasts a car that truly represents the performance DNA of Ford,” according to Graeme Whickman, Ford President and CEO. “The Falcon chassis is recognised for its refined ride and fantastic balance but our dedicated product development engineers have taken the opportunity to further hone the Falcon’s dynamic package – ride, body control and performance of the six cylinder turbo and V8. We think customers will really appreciate the amount of dedication and work that’s gone into this limited-edition series.”

The Falcon XR6 Sprint has a Manufacturer’s List Price* (MLP) of $54,9901 (auto only) and the XR8 Sprint has an MLP of $59,990*1 (manual) and $62,1901 (auto). Visually, the Sprint series will receive subtle exterior design cues to mark their exclusivity, including 19-inch black wheels, upgraded Brembo brake package in gold, black headlamp bezels, a distinctive black rear deck spoiler and new front foglamp surrounds. To provide further distinction, the XR8 Sprint adds a Silhouette black painted roof and black wing mirrors.

Inside, the Falcon Sprint series receives a unique interior featuring Sprint seats in leather/lux suede, chromatic mirror, dual zone climate control with high-series audio, unique shifter assembly and surround and unique gauge cluster with “Sprint” logo. The manual shifter on the XR8 Sprint gains a “Sprint” labelled shifter. Fundamental to the Sprint development program was designing and building a performance Falcon with the dynamic attributes expected by Falcon enthusiasts.

At the core of the Sprint are two proven engines, Ford’s turbocharged 4.0 in-line six cylinder and acclaimed Supercharged 5.0-litre V8. The XR8 Sprint will be powered by a bespoke Sprint calibrated version of Ford’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 that develops 345 kW @ 5,750 rpm and 575 Nm @ 2,220-6,250 rpm3. The XR6 Sprint is also a performance powerhouse, developing 325 kW @ 6,000 rpm and 576 Nm @ 2,750 rpm3.

Both engines benefit from a transient overboost function that provides extra performance for up to 10 seconds if conditions allow, specifically intake air temperature under normal operation. In the case of the XR6 Sprint, performance can lift from 325 kW / 576 Nm to an overboost of up to 370 kW / 650 Nm. In the XR8 Sprint, the transient overboost function briefly lifts power and torque of up to 400 kW and 650 Nm3. In the XR6 Sprint Ford engineers have added a larger intercooler, sourced the turbo and injectors from the F6, unique Sprint transmission calibration, new lower airbox, bespoke engine calibration and new larger air intake system.

The in-line six-cylinder Turbo engine is considered by many enthusiasts to be one of Ford’s iconic performance engines. It represents phenomenal performance in a high efficiency design. The Falcon XR Sprint series will be available as an automatic Turbocharged six-cylinder, while the Supercharged V8 will be available with either a manual and automatic transmission. In the XR6 Sprint, the automatic transmission calibration was revised to take advantage of the increased power and extended torque levels that are available with the revised turbocharged engine. The automatic transmission in the XR8 Sprint uses the Falcon GT-F transmission calibration to ensure durable shift performance.

The development of the Falcon XR Sprint series has benefited from Ford’s $300 million investment in R&D. Over the past six years Ford has spent around $2 billion on R&D. The Sprint program was led by a team of Falcon Product Development specialists, part of the Asia Pacific Product Development organisation based in Victoria.

Exterior Design

Key design elements on the new XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint are:

XR6 Sprint

  • New front fog-lamp surround, with cut out vent in bumper
  • New stripe decal in signature hockey stick style
  • New Sprint badge (Rear)
  • New Sprint mudguard badge (Side)
  • Indicator moved to wing mirror – body coloured for XR6
  • ‘Sprint’ scuff-plates
  • Black headlamp bezels
  • Body coloured deck-lid Applique
  • Staggered 19-inch alloy wheels in black
  • Premium 6-Piston (Front), 4-Piston (Rear) Brembo Brakes in unique Gold colour
  • Numbered build plates for each model – both located on the engine
  • Rear Deck spoiler in black

XR8 Sprint

Same features as XR6 Sprint; plus

  • Silhouette black painted roof
  • Black wing mirrors

Interior Design

 XR6 & XR8 Sprint

  • Unique Sprint Interior – featuring Sprint Seat Package of Leather/Lux Suede trim
  • Interior Electro-Chromatic Mirror
  • Interior Command Centre, including dual zone climate control and high-series audio
  • Unique Shifter assembly and surround
  • Manual shifter for V8 gets “Sprint” labelled shifter
  • Unique Gauge Cluster with “Sprint” logo
  • SYNC 2 with satellite navigation and Bluetooth2 connectivity

Performance

XR6 Sprint

  • Power - 325 kW @ 6,000 rpm3
  • Torque - 576 Nm @ 2,750 rpm3

XR8 Sprint

  • Power - 345 kW @ 5,750 rpm3
  • Torque - 575 Nm @ 2,220 – 6,250 rpm3

XR6 and XR8 Sprint customers will have a choice of six colours for their vehicles with the ‘hero’ colours being Victory Gold for the XR8 and Smoke for the XR6.

Exterior Body Colour

Falcon XR6 Sprint

Falcon XR8 Sprint

Winter White (solid paint)

Smoke

Aero Blue

Silhouette

Kinetic

Victory Gold

Recommended Pricing

Manufacturers List Pricing (MLP*) is detailed below:

Falcon XR6 Sprint

 

Auto only

$54,9901

Falcon XR8 Sprint

 

Manual

$59,9901

Auto

$62,1901

Options:

Prestige Paint: recommended price of $500

2016 a Performance Year
After a record number of new vehicle launches, which saw the arrival of the refreshed Focus, Focus ST, Ranger, award-winning Everest SUV and Mustang, Ford’s performance story in 2016 will be further bolstered with the arrival of the all-wheel drive Focus RS, alongside the limited edition Falcon Sprint series.

1 - This is the Manufacturer’s List Price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Dealer.
2 - Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG., Inc. and is used under license.
3 - Performance data measured using premium fuel 95-98 RON

The all-new Ford Mondeo will join the Falcon FG X and Territory MkII in offering a WiFi hotspot when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2015. Ford customers are gaining a new sense of freedom by being able to extend the functionality of their vehicles. The in-built WiFi receiver allows other devices in the vehicle to speak to each other and for passengers to gain access to the internet. The Falcon FG X and Territory Mk II are the first Australian-built vehicles to include this standard feature, which allows customers to turn their vehicles into WiFi hotspots. “Ford aims to deliver the latest technology and having an in-vehicle internet capability is significant point of difference between Ford and other local manufacturers,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Vice President Marketing, Sales and Service. “A WiFi hotspot is a clear differentiator between Ford and the Australian large car competition.” Studies by the Consumer Electronics Association in North America show that as many as 77 million adults make up the so-called technology enthusiast drivers population. More than half of whom express the desire for a connected communications and information system in their vehicles.

Apart from a WiFi hotspot, when the all-new 2015 Mondeo arrives in dealerships it will also offer 10 advanced technologies that are not available on the Toyota Camry, including a TDCi diesel engine on the hatch that is more fuel efficient than the Camry Hybrid^, delivering a combined fuel figure of 5.1 L/100km.

Upgradeable and secure

The two USB 2.0 ports included in the SYNC2 Media Hub in the Falcon and Territory centre consoles let owners leverage a variety of devices. And through simple software updates, SYNC can be adapted to connect with the latest devices. With technology evolving at such speeds, particularly on the wireless front, that obsolescence becomes a real problem, Ford has solved that problem by making SYNC work with just about any technology you plug into it. By leveraging a user’s existing hardware, which can be upgraded independent of SYNC, Ford has helped ensure ‘forward compatibility’ with whatever connectivity technology comes next.

By using SYNC with existing mobile devices Ford can provide the most value, the most flexibility and the most convenience for owners. Constant connectivity is now a routine part of customers’ lives, and Ford is making existing technology more accessible without adding costs. Using the SYNC WiFi system, a signal will be broadcast throughout the vehicle. Default security is set to WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), requiring users to enter a randomly chosen password to connect to the Internet. When SYNC sees a new WiFi device for the first time, the driver must specifically allow that device to connect, preventing unauthorized users from “piggybacking” on the SYNC-provided signal. WiFi is one of several technologies that adds convenience to customer lifestyles.

Emergency Assistance

The WiFi hotspot is one of several key technologies available in the Falcon FG X and the Territory MkII that are unavailable in the locally built competition. Emergency Assistance is rolling out across Ford’s new vehicles, including the all-new 2015 Ford Mondeo. It is standard on the Falcon FG X and Territory MkII and is another feature not available on Australian-built rivals. The Emergency Assistance system is designed to deliver critical information directly to 000 operators, indicating that a Ford vehicle has been involved in an accident advising the vehicle’s GPS location before opening the line for hands-free communication with the vehicle occupants. Ford SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance uses the driver’s own paired mobile phone via Bluetooth®* and runs in the background once the phone is properly paired with SYNC2 and is within mobile phone range. Importantly for customers, SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance has no additional contracts or subscriptions to maintain the service. It’s free for the life of the car.

After the one-time setup, unless turned off, Emergency Assistance runs in the background each time the driver enters the vehicle with their phone and the phone is turned on and successfully paired via Bluetooth®* to the vehicle. Should an accident occur in which airbags deploy or the emergency fuel pump shutoff is activated, SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance uses SYNC2’s hands-free phone capabilities to attempt to connect the driver directly with a 000 operator through the paired phone. If an accident occurs while a connected phone is being used for a normal call, SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance system can end that call and dial the emergency services. Also, incoming phone calls will not interrupt communication between vehicle occupants and the 000 operator. Once the call is established, if occupants are able, they can leave the vehicle and stay connected with the 000 operator by taking the phone with them as they move away.

^Based on the combined cycle according to ADR81/02 published on www.toyota.com.au Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving style/conditions, vehicle conditions and options or accessories.

Mark Winterbottom gave the new Ford Falcon FG X a warm welcome to the series by completing the final ‘SuperTest’ session on the top step. With a time of 1:29.580, ‘Frosty’ and his crew seemed to have gotten the setup they were looking for after struggling for pace all day. Winterbottom’s closest competition was Holden Racing Team (HRT) driver, James Courtney, who was seated on the top-step for the final half of the session before being bumped into P2 by the Ford driver. Fabian Coulthard took the final step of the test-day podium with Will Davison and returning two-time champion, Marcos Ambrose, respectively rounding out the top-five. Completing the top-ten were David Reynolds, Ash Walsh, Lee Holdsworth, Todd Kelly and Garth Tander.

Parity finally seems to be coming into effect. Over the course of the final test session, there never seemed to be a dominant team, manufacturer or driver. Sure, there were fast lap times but they were grouped very close together and they weren’t always from names we typically associate with terms such as ‘fastest lap’ or even ‘top-five’. Drivers such as Coulthard, Davison and Reynolds were among such drivers who went to the top early in the session and held their ground for quite some time. We also saw Walsh slip his new Erebus Mercedes into the top-five. Additionally, we witnessed an excellent showing from returning champion, Marcos Ambrose, who proved that he will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.

On the flip-side, we saw six-time champion, Jamie Whincup, struggling for pace and finishing in 23rd along with his Red Bull teammate, Craig Lowndes, who finished in 20th. Prodrive Racing (Australia) drivers, Chaz Mostert and Winterbottom, also sat around the bottom-ten for the majority of the session before the latter’s flying lap put him in P1. Other top drivers such as Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen also didn’t crack the top-ten.