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Mr. Embargo
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Well this was to be expected:

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.

Options Aplenty

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.


GREAT NEWS GEOFF!!!!!!!
 

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Ok whats a aggressive body kit? is it something we haven't seen before. Though finally the normal bodykit is now standard on all XR's :thumbup: .

Is the engine the one out of the T-Series or what?

Someone please explain the above - Discovery or someone that has some official knowledge. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:
 

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Mr. Embargo
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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.
 

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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?
 
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for an extra 20kw, I wont be racing to buy one in a hurry. if it was an extra 50kw - 60kw I might think about it. I'll bide my time till something good comes along.
300kw I'l get excited.
 

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I'd have to agree with the Doc

20kw does nothing for me.

We really need to see at least 50kws and a lighter body.

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?
 
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I might send a nice e-mail. have to word the thing politically correct and with business acumen.
 

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Laminge,

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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Good news and a step in the right direction but 20Kw won't really make much of a difference.

It's still good all the same
:D :thumbup: :wink2: :cool:
 

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laminge said:
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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I can appreciate that a Body Kit was hard to establish, specially with the hassle tickford had with the XR front end being painted elsewhere but in a different tone!

I think its important that the Aussie Blue Oval Boys commit themsleves to at least 1 post a month to this board.

And yes a 20kw is a big improvement, but please ABOB let us aim for something that resembles a marked improvement and get away from the poor min gain at min cost.

I can ramble on to the end of time but it all comes back to win on Sunday, sell on Monday!:CraZ:
 

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laminge said:
I can ramble on to the end of time but it all comes back to win on Sunday, sell on Monday!:CraZ:
You're not wrong there laminge... When's the next round??.. :confused:
 

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Any word on the ute getting the 220 donk as well?? :mmm:

Next round of the SCS is this weekend at Hidden Valley... on telly 2.30pm Sunday an Ch 10.. :D
 

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I don't like our chances of that unfortunately. Might be lucky to get the 185kw unit but I wouldn't hold my breath on that either.. :(
 

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I think the 220kw XR8 will sell quite well simply because it now has the power to match the chassis. Something the boys from the bend forgot about, able to put the power to the ground and corner. While the improvement doesn't impress you guys I feel that the swinging buyer who just wants a powerful family car without playing with it would prefer the Falcon because it is a better car to drive then the Holden at the same power level. It's also a smack in the face to Holden that a cast iron 5.0 l designed nearly 35 years ago can match the pride of GM.
 

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You're right there although I still feel a lot of swinging buyers would read wheels/motor and see the SS is faster in a straight line and to some people thats all that matters.
Assuming that the SS is faster still that is....:?:
 
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