220kW XR8 - More Bang, Same Bucks
Hot on the heels of its return to the V8 Supercar winners circle Ford has given its road-going equivalent – the XR8 Falcon - a performance boost by adding a 220kW powerplant to what many consider the most sophisticated locally produced chassis.
"Our XR8 customers have had more power on their shopping lists for quite a while," says Performance Car Marketing Manager, Rick Nayler. "When you combine the 220kW 5.0 litre V8 with the dynamics of the Falcon chassis and a very sophisticated IRS system you've got a pretty impressive piece of machinery."
The engine produces 220kW of power at 5250rpm and 435Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The additional 20kW comes from modifications to the cylinder head, a larger throttle body, matched ported inlet manifold and a revised camshaft.
Rubber, Skirts and Scalps
On top of the XR8 engine power increase, 17" alloy wheels and P235/45 ZR tyres, as per the XR8, are now standard on the VCT-equipped XR6. All XR models now come standard with sporty side skirts and painted rear vision mirror covers.
Bells and Whistles
As well as a new powerplant the XR8 boasts an impressive range of standard features. These include: a limited slip differential, body coloured rear spoiler, power windows, cruise control, air-conditioning and a 100 watt audio system with an in-dash, six-stack CD player.
XR owners have the ability to customise their cars with a wide range of factory fitted options. These include: leather seats, a Momo steering wheel and gearshift, an aggressive body styling kit, a thumping 250 watt premium sound system and a premium brake package which includes larger diameter front discs and calipers.
Recommended Retail Price
The 220kw XR8 recommended retail price remains unchanged from pre-upgrade models, the manual will retail for $45,828 and the automatic version $46,548.
From drive.com.au: "...modifications to the cylinder head, a larger throttle body, matched ported inlet manifold and a revised camshaft..." - about what they did to get the T's synergy unit to produce 220kW.
I haven't seen the bodykit yet but when photos are released I will post them up.
Excellent news. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Hopefully the extra sales will balance out the lower margin. I guess we have all been asking for it, but I was surprised it happen now and not later in the year when the T series gets the stroker.
Aussie Pete have you ordered your XR8s yet?
I think we should note that at least ford are taking action about the horse power deficiency. I know why it's not news to you cause you got over 300kw. :thumbup: :thumbup: I think if we'd expect 300kw of an XR8 we'll have to wait a few years.
All we need know is the stroker 302....
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Originally posted by laminge Whats everyones thought on body kits, i'd like to see something wild come out of Ford.
And Btw, has anyone invited Polites directly to view this board as yet?
I'd love to see something wild from Broady. I think the "aggressive" bodykit is he standard one they have now.
GP has been told about this board along with several members of the marketing/customer feedback group as well.
While it might not be a massive gain power wise it is still a gain nontheless. The XR8 gets the most powerful engine Ford has at the moment. I think it's great news, and even better news 'cause there's no price rise!.
Well Done Blue Oval... :thumbup:
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