Thanks for the answer. Maybe I'll get an SVT Contour and pretend.
As far as the Mustang and Falcon sharing a platform, the new Mustang due some time in 2003 is going to be on the same platform as the new Thunderbird, the Lincoln LS and the Jag S Type. The Mustang version will have a shortened wheelbase from the current platform and since the Falcon is a 4dr, this platform seems like a good choice since it is a V8, rear wheel drive, platform designed to accommodate a 4dr car.
And yes the Camaro is going away, but probably not forever. It will probably do something like the Thunderbird-skip one or two year models and then come back as a new car.