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Ford Falcon

AU II Falcon XR6 and XR8

1 Apr 2000

A desperate Ford attempted to resuscitate its faltering Falcon fortunes by making the rear appear less saggy – a squarer rear bumper and boot number plate valance helped, as did larger wheels and tyres.

Inside there was classier cabin trim and extra standard features.

Suspension and ride qualities were improved, and extra sound deadening brought on greater refinement.

On the safety front, a passenger airbag and seatbelt pretensioners were made standard.

Meanwhile, the XR8 gained a 200kW/420Nm version of the 5.0L V8 until May 2001, when the V8’s power output was raised again, to 220kW/435Nm.

Service intervals were extended from 10,000km to 15,0000km, with free servicing for 60,000km. Still, Commodore sales kept bounding away from the Falcon.

New standard features: dual front airbags, sports suspension, CD player, sunglasses holder, metallic-look trim, speed warning, remote control boot release, side skirts (from May 01).

Engine options: 172kW 4.0L VCT I6, with standard IRS.

Special edition:· XR8 Rebel – July 01: 18-inch alloy wheels, Sony Playstation, bodykit.

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