Home' Journeys : Feb Mar 2015 Contents The new FG-X is a significant carry-over
from the previous model in terms of
mechanical configuration. Outputs from
all engines except the V8 remain similar,
small improvements in fuel economy in the
6-cylinder models have occurred, but with
a limited budget to upgrade the old model,
Ford spent their money on new sheet metal
for the front and rear, along with a new
electrical architecture for Ford Sync2.
The range has also been culled a little,
with only three trim levels available. The
entry level car is simply called Falcon – it
virtually replaces the old G6, so more value
for money there. The G6E is the luxury
flagship, with the XR series adding that
The entry level Falcon is available with the
tried and true 4.0L inline six, and the grossly
under-rated 2.0L Ecoboost 4-cylinder. The
G6E gets the 6-cylinder, with the fantastic
270kW 640Nm turbo engine also available.
The XR6 offers the same engine variants as
the G6E. All models have come in for price
cuts, some significant, so there’s plenty of
value on offer here.
Ford Sync2 is the absolute latest in
human-machine interface (HMI) and
connectivity. The system uses a sophisticated
voice command system that recognises up to
10,000 words to operate almost everything
electrical in the car. It covers climate, music,
phone, navigation and much more – and
in the event of a crash where the airbags
are triggered, it will automatically call
emergency services and advise your location.
Ford has even managed to recognise our
Australian speech and ‘Karen’ talks to you
with an Australian accent. Of course if you
don’t want to talk to the car, the 8” colour
touchscreen and steering wheel-located
buttons operate all systems. Also included
as standard are reverse camera and front and
rear park sensors.
The FG-X also sees the return of the XR8,
which has been missing from the line-up
since 2010. This latest XR8 is sure to be
popular. It basically takes the mechanical
On a personal note
While I’ve never owned a Falcon, my father
has had quite a few – a couple from the
sixties and then later on into the seventies,
eighties and nineties. But it’s those early
ones that remain vividly in my memory.
In the days before child restraints, I
remember always having to be in the
front seat, sitting and sometimes standing
squarely between Mum and Dad, banishing
my older sister to the back.
As Dad would occasionally have the
bonnet up to tinker or adjust something,
I’d be wanting a closer look at what was
going on with the engine. If the car went
into my uncle’s workshop, I’d have to be
there. I might pass the spanners, or grab
the jack and try and lift something with it.
These times ignited my curiosity enough to
want to be involved with cars in any way
I could. As it happened, I was lucky enough
have a passion for all things automotive.
The iconic Ford Falcon has played a none
too small part in it for me, so it will be sad
to see the end of a 60-year Australian icon
late in 2016.
bits from FPV’s GT R Spec model and puts
them in the XR8. The 5.0L supercharged
V8 offers a full 335kW (up to 15% more
with overboost). Suspension is also from
the R Spec parts bin. 19” x 8” front and 9”
rear tyres keep you in contact with the black
stuff. Big Brembo brakes on the front assist
with the stopping duties. Missing from the
FPV are the extra gauges and the annoying
turn-key, push-button start.
The best part about the XR8 is the price,
with the manual starting at $52,490 (plus on
roads) and another $2200 for the 6-speed ZF
auto. This represents more than a $20,000
discount over the FPV GT RSpec, which
donates a large amount of the mechanical
Large cars may have fallen out of favour with
Australian consumers, but in my view they
still offer plenty in the way of value for money,
ride and handling characteristics designed
specifically for Australian conditions and
the ability to soak up the country kilometres
effortlessly. The last Falcon is no exception.
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