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2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint Review

The XR6 Sprint is the most expensive non-FPV turbocharged Falcon ever and is limited to just 550 units— most of which have already been sold.

It actually looks quite tough from the outside. The black wheels and stripe highlights work in unison with blacked out wing mirrors (which include indicators, relocated from the front 3/4 panel and replaced with ‘Sprint’ badges) and a modest boot lip spoiler.

The 19-inch alloy wheels hug a huge set of gold-coloured six-piston Brembo brakes at the front and four-piston Brembo stoppers at the rear. The front rotors are slotted and cross drilled and measure 355mm in diameter, while the rear set are equally as impressive at 330mm with slotting and cross drilling.

Tyres have been beefed up thanks to the standard inclusion of Pirelli P-Zero tyres that measure 245mm at the front and 265mm at the rear — making them the widest set to ever live on a turbocharged Falcon.

Colour options include solid Winter White, and metallic shades that include Smoke, Aero Blue, Silhouette, Kinetic and Victory Gold.

That rush of excitement built from the exterior is immediately quashed when you open the driver’s door and hop in. The interior is nearly identical to the FG Falcon, which was released in 2008 — eight years ago. Harsh plastics surround most of the interior components, while the steering wheel controls remain without backlighting.

As with all Falcons, while the seats are comfortable, the seating position isn’t. I have long legs (although not abnormally so) and found that I couldn’t lift the steering wheel high enough. The issue with this is that wheel rotations become hard due to legs getting in the way.

It also makes you feel like you’re steering the car from your lap, which is uncomfortable and awkward.

Powering the XR6 Turbo Sprint is a well known engine that has been boosted sky high. It’s a 4.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder that produces an impressive 325kW of power and 576Nm of torque (that’s 55kW and 43Nm more than the XR6 Turbo). But, the best part is that it has an inbuilt overboost feature than can increase power and torque outputs to 370kW and 650Nm respectively for ten seconds.

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016

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