Falcon XR8 unveiled today

Falcon XR8 unveiled today

The new Falcon XR8 performance sedan has been unveiled by Ford today – hailed as the best Falcon ever,

Also joining the new XR8 performance model is the first official image of the refreshed XR6 sedan.

Key features:

  • Falcon XR8 showcases Ford’s global design DNA with signature trapezoidal grille, chiseled headlights with daytime running lamps and smoother wrap-around tail-lamps
  • Signature bonnet power dome has been enhanced
  • Falcon XR6 and XR8 carry distinctive XR head light design cues in the headlights

As a mark of distinction among the sporty XR series, the XR8 features strong exterior graphics with a distinct sporty front end treatment, as well as signature bonnet power dome that has been enhanced for the 2014 Falcon XR8. This is complemented by a specific exhaust system tuned for the sporty V8 exhaust note.

The exterior design manager for the new Falcon, Nima Nourian, says the Australian design team drew on all the visual strength of the existing XR series, which provided a perfect canvas to develop the 2014 Falcon XR series.

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“The challenge was delivering a powerful, yet premium look for the 2014 car,” Nourian said. “I’m proud of the fact that the new Falcon XR builds on an already distinctive design and yet delivers a whole new personality.”

On the 2014 Falcon XR8, the power dome now extends up to the windscreen cowl to deliver a stronger look. “This look is also found on the Mustang that will arrive next year so it’s perfectly in keeping with Ford’s V8 performance vehicles,” Nourian says.

The strong family resemblance not only links Falcon to the new Mustang but highlights DNA shared with the new Mondeo which joins the line-up here next year.

Ford Australia president and CEO, Bob Graziano, says the XR8 badge is a welcome return to the Falcon line-up. “We’re very excited by the return of the XR8, as this badge has not been seen on a Falcon since 2010,” he said. “Our enthusiasts have been asking for it so we’ve purposely revealed the Falcon XR6 and XR8 first.”

“Quite simply, we think this is the best Falcon ever. I just couldn’t be more pleased with what the talented local team’s been able to accomplish, I’m really proud of them,” Graziano said.

“When you look at cars like the new Falcon, it’s easy to understand why we are now leading global projects such as the new Everest which is designed and engineered in Australia for the world.”

Pricing, features and specifications will be revealed closer to launch. The XR models will be on sale early 2015.

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