Car reviews - Ford - Falcon - XR6 Turbo sedan
19 Dec 2002
MANUAL six-cylinder BA variants continue to use the Falcon's tried-and-tested BTR T5 five-speed gearbox, while a new, imported Tremec five-speeder is fitted to the V8 models.
With both transmissions the gearshift has been repositioned closer to the driver's left hand to improve on the AU's long reach.
A new hydraulic, self-adjusting clutch is mated to the manual transmissions, replacing the previous cable-operated system.
For those who prefer a two-pedal set-up, there is a new version of the existing four-speed adaptive automatic transmission. It now features a Tiptronic-style manual shift function that has been dubbed Sequential Sports Shift.
Unlike many similar systems used by other manufacturers, the Falcon's manual mode requires a push forward to downchange and pull back to upchange - the configuration generally considered to be the most natural, although only BMW's auto transmissions currently employ the same method.
As well as adaptive shift programming, the revised auto offers a "Performance" or sports mode, which locks out fourth gear to provide greater engine braking and response below highway speeds.
When the gearshift lever is moved left into the manual shift plane, "PERF" is displayed in the instrument cluster for five seconds. Moving the lever forward or back will then transfer the transmission into manual shift mode.
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Did you know?The "bite point" of the clutch has been revised for BA as a result of feedback from customers - it now engages a little further away from the floor than before
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