• Aug 18, 2010
Ford FG Falcon XR Series – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back before Ford announced it was producing a new aluminum block version of its supercharged 5.4-liter V8 for the 2011 GT500, speculation ran rampant that the new 5.0-liter Coyote V8 would get the force-feeding treatment. At the time, Ford declined to comment, but even with the introduction of the lighter 5.4-liter, the speculation never died away.

It now appears that a supercharged 5.0-liter will first appear in Australia in 2011 powering the new Falcon XR8 and possibly a GT-HO. Ford acknowledged that the Boss 302 could have been fitted with a blower, saying in its release that "the Mustang team knew a supercharger would be the simplest way to extract significant power improvements from the new 5.0-liter V8, but they elected not to pursue forced induction for the 2012 Boss to stay true to the original Boss 302 engine."

Given that the rest of the 5.4- and 4.6-liter V8 applications in North America are disappearing in 2011, one has to wonder how long Ford will keep the current GT500 engine around. The most recent speculation is that a boosted version of the Coyote will arrive here in time for the 50th anniversary of the ponycar in 2014. And that can't come soon enough.



[Source: GoAuto.com.au]


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      L8yPetals
      • 4 Years Ago
      Miss the Mercury Merkur X4TI.............. That car rocked !
      • 4 Years Ago
      We Aussies love RWD and V8 engined Falcons, its a great base to get the best bang for the buck. Give me a FPV GT any day over a Mustang, especially with the Coyote V8 Supercharged, thank you very much. You Yanks dont know what your missing out on, come down under for a spin :p
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holdens look better
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I prefer the V-spec ones.


        RIP Pontiac? lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I love the look of the Falcon, especially in the trim shown in the main article photo.

        It looks like someone modeled a car after Alice Cooper in his full stage makeup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy crap, this would have me looking at owning my first Ford if they brought this over to the US. I will eventually need a replacement for my G8 GT unfortunately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, we wouldn't want anything like that in the U.S. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the Falcon becomes available here in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like I said I hope it becomes available here. Ford doesn't have a rear wheel drive car other than the Mustang after they discontinue the Crown/Vic and the Town Car. It will be up to Ford if they want to introduce it as a Lincolor a Ford, or both. If ever Ford chooses both, the Lincoln should be very distinct.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H., that's not a bad idea. Though with Ford doing so well right now, I find it hard to believe that a new performance car would cannibalize their other products. They just need it to fit somewhere between the Fusion and Taurus price wise. For me, the Fusion doesn't offer enough performance, while the SHO does but at a big price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        too bad the falcon will be dead after the current iteration (ie by 2015) and will just become a rebadged taurus which is pissing off a few ford fanatics in aus
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me too. It seems like it would be an easy sell in the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem with bringing it here as a Lincoln is that it probably can't stand up to a CTS-V in a head-to-head, and it would have to in order to make business sense. I would love to see a proper CTS-V-fighting hot rod Lincoln (with a manual trans, please), but I'm not holding my breath -- it doesn't seem to be where Ford is going right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should bring it here under a Lincoln badge, not as a Ford. That way Lincoln would get its own car in the U.S and finally have something competitive in the luxury market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The last of the V8 Interceptors...

        Sigh. Why can't we have the good stuff?
        • 4 Years Ago
        WHY CAN'T WE HAVE NICE THINGS?! Like this blown 5.0? Hell, just ship the car here as is, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. I'd even sell someone's kidney!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damned lucky Aussies.

        =(
        • 4 Years Ago
        i definately think that the falcon could work as a lincoln. The G6E turbo variant is a really capable and luxurious (both style and appointment-wise) option, which could probably work as a base-model lincoln. They could also get the more conservatively styled FPV's (FPV=SHO equivelant) - the F6-E and the GT-E, which would work to make the lincoln badge a little more exciting and attractive to younger people imo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell, just put the engine in the Fusion, call it a Fusion SHO. That'd be pretty awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they brought it here it would make to much sense. Imagine a RWD beast like this with say a Lincoln badge and yes sadly with a softer suspension (but optioned for harder) it could compete with easily any offering from Merc, Audi, or BMW. I'd also like a Ford offering to less on the posh and more on the grunt if you will hehehe!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am 100% with you there. As long as you can get it with a 6spd manual. G8 GT broke my heart by not offering a manual unless you went to the GXP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, check out videos of this car, amazing. My hope is the next gen Mustang is built on the same platform as the falcon. If so that would clear the way for the car (our at least a version of the car) to come stateside. Their is a serious lack of affordable RWD cars in this country, especially 4 door cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's too politically incorrect and not green enough for Ford USA. No one in the US wants 500hp, v8, race tuned, sedans anyway. Right Ford?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Never going to happen with the Taurus here but if it did I'd be the first inline to buy it. It'd replace my Holden Pontiac G8 GT beautifully!

        PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Ford... Bring it over! I'll take one as shown!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. I WANT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car reminds me of the Pontiac G8.

      Powerful and from Australia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      take a look at the shifter
      has anyone ever seen a reverse gear that's beside 5th?
      Car looks sweet though
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW's way of having R next to 1 isn't the only way, although it is the best way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know, but I've only ever seen the way you mentioned, or beside 4th/6th
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, but I kind of like the idea of calling the High Output version a Falcon GTFO. They could just call it "Falcon Output" or something along those lines.

      I would love to own a car named the Falcon GTFO. Seems right somehow.

      /Thundercougarfalconbird a close second
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about a Falcon FTO? or Ford FTO? or Taurus FTO?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In 1971, there was a high performance Falcon called the GT HO Phase III, based ont eh XY series Falcon. The HO stood for handling option, but it did come with a more powerful engine. Ford published the power at about 300 HP for the 351cu engine, but was more in the region of 350+ HP. The Phase I and II were on the XT and XW series Falcons of 1968 and 1969. The Phase IV was canned due to the government blackmailing them. The Phase IV was the fastest 4 door in the world at the time with a top speed of about 140+MPH. A new HO has been rumored with a 375kw (500 HP) using a supercharged version of the Coyote engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While the new Boss 302 is great, I need 4 doors and prefer AWD. I wish they’d put the GT500 or Boss engine in an AWD sedan.
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