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Land of the Rising Hoon-Day: Ford Falcon XR8

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The Ford Falcon (BA) was a full-sized car produced by Ford Australia from 2002 to 2005. It was the second significantly re-engineered iteration of the sixth generation of this Australian-made model.

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To address the relatively poor reception of the preceding AU series, the BA series was heavily updated for launch in September 2002—the same time as its biggest rival, the Holden Commodore (VY). It featured a substantially revised and more conservative exterior styling, with every panel new except for the carry-over door skins. Interiors, too, were substantially revised, while mechanically, a new independent rear suspension setup was fitted to all sedan derivatives and the engine and transmissions received extensive upgrades.

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A 5.4-litre V8 replaced the Windsor engine of the AU. The new V8 was a modified version of Ford’s North American Modular V8 available in two variants: the Barra 220 generating 220 kW (300 hp) and a 260 kW (350 hp) Boss 260. The new engine was smoother, more fuel efficient, and quieter than the engine it replaced.

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Being the flagship sports variant, the XR8 received specially tuned sports suspension, seating trim displaying the “XR” insignia, 17-inch wheels and the new 5.4-litre Boss 260 engine, outputting 30 percent more power than the previous model.

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The colour of this model is called “Acid Rush” - I’ll leave you to ponder that one. Today, BA Falcons are still a very common sight on our roads, and the XR versions a performance bargain. A good XR8 will cost today about 9000 of our local Dollars. That’s not a lot for a 350hp, 5.4l V8. Cheaper still are the XR6 Turbos, which look almost identical, have nearly as much power, and a lighter engine with better handling. Motor journalists all preferred the Turbo sixes.

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This model is a 1/43 by Biante, which is nicely detailed without being groundbreaking in that department. I still miss opening features on these modern diecast though.

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