Falcon XR8 may be dropped for FPV replacement

Falcon XR8 may be dropped for FPV replacement

It’s no secret that Ford Australia is all set to introduce the all new US-sourced 5.0 litre V8 ‘Coyote’ engine (read news). But now there are reports that the company is considering retiring the XR8 badge in favour of an FPV-only V8 line-up.

Speaking at a recent news conference, Ford Australia boss Martin Burela said that a number of options are being considered, including a scheme where the XR8 is retained and the FPV V8 range treated to a higher tune or forced induction.

Mr Burela said that while it is being considered, to completely drop the XR8 would require a very compelling reason, with the nearly 20 year old model being a very popular choice among V8 fans.

If the XR8 does keep its place in the Ford line-up, it will likely receive a de-tuned version of the upcoming ‘Coyote’ V8 engine. The next generation FPV GS could then get the standard tune, while the GT models would benefit from forced induction most likely from a supercharger.

In its naturally-aspirated standard form the ‘Coyote’ 5.0 litre engine produces 307kW and 529Nm of torque, a solid increase over the 290kW/520Nm of the current XR8.

Currently, Ford Australia is believed to be developing a supercharged version of the new V8 engine. This is an ambitious project considering that US engineers are still struggling to create a reliable supercharger of their own.

It’s no secret that Ford Australia is all set to introduce the all new US-sourced 5.0 litre V8 ‘Coyote’ engine (read news). But now there are reports that the company is considering retiring the XR8 badge in favour of an FPV-only V8 line-up.

Speaking at a recent news conference, Ford Australia boss Martin Burela said that a number of options are being considered, including a scheme where the XR8 is retained and the FPV V8 range treated to a higher tune or forced induction.

Mr Burela said that while it is being considered, to completely drop the XR8 would require a very compelling reason, with the nearly 20 year old model being a very popular choice among V8 fans.

If the XR8 does keep its place in the Ford line-up, it will likely receive a de-tuned version of the upcoming ‘Coyote’ V8 engine. The next generation FPV GS could then get the standard tune, while the GT models would benefit from forced induction most likely from a supercharger.

In its naturally-aspirated standard form the ‘Coyote’ 5.0 litre engine produces 307kW and 529Nm of torque, a solid increase over the 290kW/520Nm of the current XR8.

Currently, Ford Australia is believed to be developing a supercharged version of the new V8 engine. This is an ambitious project considering that US engineers are still struggling to create a reliable supercharger of their own.

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