• Apr 6, 2010


It's a good time to be Australian, kids. Yes, winter has just begun setting in down that way, but rumor has it that Ford has decided to wedge a supercharged version of the Coyote V8 into the nose of the Falcon XR8. Why? Aside from being the kind of awesome we can all get behind, the move is designed to celebrate the model's 50th anniversary.

The 5.0-liter engine already produces over 400 horsepower in its base form, but the Blue Oval may offer up to three supercharged versions, each with more power than the last. This all sounds good to us, but Ford hasn't said one way or the other as to whether the rumors are true or not. We're all for supercharged aluminum V8 engines, even if they're only sold in another hemisphere.

It's easy to see why Ford would want to give the new V8 a little extra PSI to chew on. The Falcon's main rival, the most-excellent Holden Commodore SS, benefits from a 6.0-liter V8 that has no problem churning out 362 horses all day long. We won't call checkmate just yet, though. While the rumors of the blown Coyote are plenty tasty, we'll want to see that supercharger with our own eyes before we call the game.

[Source: Go Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why was that car not re-engineered for world-wide sale long ago?

      Since GM bungled the G8 (mostly by going bankrupt otherwise, and cancelling the car despite the fact that a big economy hit happened at the same time... they could have given the car more time to catch on after a bit of a re-bound.)

      Ford probably won't do it, after watching that unfold.
        • 4 Years Ago
        is the rating system different down under? because they also stated that the gm made 362hp all day long, as if that is a big number.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US and it will print money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Lar7789789: the turbo is a 4L straight 6, quoted as putting out 270kW & 530Nm but people that have dynoed them say it puts out more. I've got a XR6 Turbo, goes like stink :D

        The 315kW would be a normally aspirated one, some of the figures in that article don't quite make sense. Supercharged to 400kW sounds great :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The other day i saw a Holden Manaro in the Bronx, on a JC Penny parking lot of all places. Maybe GM is bringing that to USA, if they will you can bet Ford will bring the Falcon.
        Lar7789789
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford's got some pretty cool engines down in Australia,

        they have the Coyote 5.0 (of course ) but they also have a naturally aspistared 5.4 DOHC that puts out 450 horse, and they have a single turbo inline V6 ( don't know the displacement, 4.0 maybe? ) that puts out 400 horse

        • 4 Years Ago
        It would be my first domestic. But no, Ford isn't smart enough to bring something so stylish and sporty to the land of fatties and vanilla drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think there is room for this car in the Ford or Lincoln lineups, but itt would make a pretty awesome Mercury Meteor or Mercury Marauder. They could even do what Dodge did and give a coupe name to a sedan like the Charger. Cyclone would be a good one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The greatest motor produced by Ford Austrlia is the Turbo Charged & Intercooled 4.0 In-line 6, an evolution of the 40 year old 4.0 N/A cross flow in-line 6. It may only have 310kw (415bhp) at 5500rpm but can pull 565nm (416lb/ft) of torque from 1900-5200rpm. This engine teamed up with a Zachs ZF 6spd Auto box in the "FPV F6 310" makes the fastest car build in Australia. 0-100kph (0-61mph) is done in 5.1 sec, and the 1/4 mile in 13.1 sec, but the real action is its in-gear acceleration with 3rd gear 80-120kph (50-75mph) dispatched in 2.7sec. Awesome Car, Brilliant Dynamics!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Beware of cars you see that "look like" Australian cars. There are more than a few Pontiac owners who have replaced body panels and badges in an effort to make their cars look like the AU versions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not gonna happen... maybe the next generation as Ford gets into its 'global' stride. it is kind of a looker though... if it does come to the US one day, my guess is it will be a Fusion SHO or SVT. I wouldn't mind seeing that with 2 less doors too
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I saw a Holden Monaro in my buddy's garage on Saturday - it's called a Pontiac G8 GT."

        you sure about that? might want to check your facts.

        moron.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let me clear some things up here.The current (FPV) Falcon GT in Australia produces 315kW (just over 420bhp), the lesser XR8 makes 290Kw. Neither are any good because the iron Triton 5.4 block is too heavy and ruins the cars' balance (the turbo 4.0L I6 models are much better). Motor Magazine in Australia recently ran a cover story PROPOSING that with the introduction of the Coyote 5.0L, all Falcon V8s would be supercharged. The figures in this Autoblog article are identical to those in the original Motor article, and like many of you, I realised the power figures are unrealistic. However this is all speculation, and with no official word from Ford, I would assume that the base model V8 Falcons will receive an engine similar in tune to the Mustang's. In addition I expect there will be higher power N/A engines (circa 335kW), with the supercharger saved for a GTHO revival (circa 375kW). Also, the 362bhp/265kW produced by the Commodore SS isn't considered a large output - Holden's performance arm, HSV produces the GTS with 325kw/435bhp and the cheaper ClubSport with 317kW/425bhp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't that be 422 KW, not 422 HP? That's a big difference...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The stickers you can buy from Napa add at least 10HP and cost a lot less than a supercharger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to say the same thing. Someone got their units of measurement mixed up. Superchargers tend to add more than 10hp...
        • 4 Years Ago
        True. That would be something like 565hp. MUCH better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is old news for people in Australia. The Feb edition of Wheels magazine already revealed that the falcon was going to get the 5.0 V8. the XR8 is gonna get a stock 5.0 V8 with 307kw(411bhp) and 529nm, the FPV gt is gonna get a blown 5.0 V8 with 335kw(450bhp)and 600nm, and the FPV GT-HO is gonna get the blown V8 with 375kw(503bhp) and 650nm
      im actually really excited for this, ford has been lacking in the power department for a while and only its turbo straight six's have been holding the ford pride this past decade
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Ford came out and said that they wouldn't be supercharging the 5.0 for the GT500. But they are gonna give it to the aussies!!!!!! We are getting screwed here. I thought it had to do with the way it was designed but I forget now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the GT500 is under-rated a good bit. I want to say the 540hp version (2010) actually put out around 570hp, so the new aluminum engine could conceivably be putting out around 580hp. No complaints from me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are you guys going to do to a Coyote?!!??
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a brute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are going to need a lot of tires down there. Do rubber trees grown down unda?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford most likely is skipping import due to the EPA regs, but that would be a decent seller in the US even with the non-pressurized 5L being the motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the 412hp 5.0 gets 422hp in supercharged form? Uh...am I missing something here? You can get those gains with an intake upgrade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford underrates HP numbers. IIRC, Motortrend/CarandDriver did a dyno and the actual HP was ~428 (not sure if it's engine HP or WHP).
      • 4 Years Ago
      My bad, it was running the 5.0 with ecoboost.... and it had to do with not enough room for the turbo's and plumbing. But this doesn't rule out a supercharged version for the Mustang, atleast not yet!

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/01/08/ford-v8-boss-says-no-twin-turbo-5-0l-for-shelby-gt500/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look for a TT DI 5.0L when the Mustang gets redesigned in 2014, the 2001 5.4L is just a stop gap for now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I meant 2011 5.4L in reference to the new Al 5.4L going in the GT500, not 2001 5.4L.

        comment fail :(
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