Why should I buy a Ford Falcon now?
Whether you like the look of the new Ford Falcon or the old, the time is now to buy one.
Over the years, the marque has developed strongly on the technology front, with many standard models now featuring satellite navigation and high-quality audio systems.
The engine has changed however. Not the power output or the sound, but the technology and the fuel efficiency. Take a look at the Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo of yesterday, and the latest (and last) model.
How has Ford made the car better?
The 2008 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo had a power output of 270 kilowatts and threw down 533 Nm of torque, making it a real beast on the roads. The most recent model, and also the last in the long and historic lineage of Ford Falcon's, has exactly the same figures under the hood. The 4.0-litre inline-six engine used to get approximately 14.6 litres per 100 kilometres, but now the enhanced technology allows a significant improvement to just 12 litres per 100 kilometres.
Being less thirsty than the old model while also powering through a 0-100 kph time of 4.9 seconds during a test drive by Drive Australia, compared to Wheels' time in the 2008 model of 5.2 seconds, means that off the line, the car feels improved.
But what about the ride?
There has also been a 15-kilogram weight reduction over the years, coming down from 1,779 kilograms to 1764 kilograms. Lighter through the corners and with upgraded brakes, the car will ride much smoother than its older brother.
However it will cost more, being much newer. If you are a true and passionate supporter of the marque from over the years then the more classic styling of the 2008 model might appeal to you, but the 2015 model will have history as one of the last to be manufactured in Australia before the factories close in October this year. The improved ride may mean a better family car from Ford, and kids in the back will thank you for the advanced suspension, but through the corners the lighter model holds its own as a car that has great potential on the track as well.
Coming with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and with updated styling including a new front grille and LED headlights, the Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo is sure to get you noticed – no matter which model you prefer. See the team at Macarthur Automotive about demonstration Ford cars for sale.