Retained for a third model running, by now the XR had become an entrenched part of the Ford
family - with more differentiation than ever from the more common Falcon models. While
the Commodore S and SS looked like tarted up family models, the XR took on a life of it's own
with it's distinctive quad headlamp treatment giving added credence to both XR6 & XR8 models.
Despite Ford's insistence that it was created to compete directly with GM's S & SS,
the ambience emitted by Tickford's top line model drew many undue comparisons to HSV's much
more expensive offerings - a credit to Ford & Tickford's stylists and the packaging of the
XR6. Keeping the ED's pure gun-barrel head light treatment, the EF XR took on the lower spec'd
models no-grill treatment in a move that was loved by some and hated by others (mostly Holden
The EF presented (for the first time since the XC Falcon of 1976 - 1979) a different
bonnet to that of the non-sporting models. Featuring it's very own distinctive styled 'vents', these were unfortunately more for
aesthetic purposes than anything else although allow plenty of scope for those with the
talent and creativity necessary to produce functional items. Available in both sedan
and wagon (a move that would not be repeated for some years to come), the XR6 wagon
became a somewhat special find - and totally under rated - on the second hand
car market, with many being treated with nowhere near the respect they deserved.
-Which is a real pitty, considering the usefulness and stylishness of the Falcon XR6 wagon -
a much missed addition to the Falcon range. Why there was never a XR8 wagon is a
mystery - especially considering the similiar power outputs. Unfortunately the XR6
wagon had ceased to be offered by the time the EF2 had been released.
Feature wise, the XR range came complete
with most items included in the Futura, providing a wide spectrum of features and giving a truly
enjoyable vehicle to drive and live with. While both the XR6 and XR8 recieved minor
for the EF model, in stock form it was the six that shone most brightly being quicker both
in through the twisty stuff
and in a straight line due mainly to it's lower weight and similiar power characteristics.
While being a bitter pill to swallow for most V8 fanatics, it meant the 5.0 litre V8
was wonderfully under developed leaving it ripe for performance enhancing mods.
For a more in-detail look
at what made the XR6 & XR8 - including a complete specification listing - read on:
XR vs. Futura - what you got for your money:
Black (or Red) bumper rub strips and body side protection mouldings depending on which colour paint you ordered.
A unique four round headlight front including grill-less surround with gun barrel
sockets for the headlights.
Unique front side indicators incorporating a separate parking lense.
Quad round halogen headlamps featuring projector technology for the outside pair.
A unique bonnet featuring twin styled air vents (more for visual purposes than anything else).
XR6 or XR8 badges on the front quarters and below the left hand tail light on the rear
of the car depending on which box you ticked.
Tickford crests on each front guard.
Unique 15" x 7" five-double spoke alloy wheels.
P205/65 HR15 steel belt radial ply sports tyres.
XR6 - High performance 4.0 litre SOHC straight six giving 164kW @ 5000 rpm (vs 157kW @ 4900 rpm for the I6 Futura).
XR8 - Semi modified High Performance 5.0 litre V8 giving 169kW @ 4500 rpm (vs 165kw @ 4500 rpm for the V8 Futura).
Tickford reprogrammed gear changes for the electronically controlled four speed auto
providing for faster gear changes.
Tickford developed sports suspension to keep the wheels firmly planted and giving a
much better ride height!
Rear spoiler standard on both wagons and sedans.
Low profile LED high mounted stop lamp located in the rear spoiler on sedans (rear window
mounted stop light still present but disabled).
Limited slip differential standard.
Seats trimmed in 'Formula 1' cloth with co-ordinating 'Pitstop' cloth bolster.
Doors trimmed to match in vynal with 'Formula 1' cloth covered insert.
Adjustable see through sports front & rear head rests.
'Sports' front bucket seats with side bolsters.
Oil Pressure & Battery Voltage guages.
'Charcoal' leather wrapped steering wheel.
Low Oil pressure and Washer Fluid low warning lights.
Cruise control standard (via steering wheel mounted ON/OFF, RESUME and +/- buttons) with
3 cancelling points - extremely easy to use compared to Commodore's clumsy & fragile stalk
mounted system with only 2 cancelling points (by ON/OFF function or brake application).
Minimum turning circle - 10.9 metres diametre or 11.3 for the wagon.
Center consol with large storage compartment, centre arm rest and
integrated cup holder. *Centre consol now meets neatly with the carpet on
either side - finally
minus the EA - ED's poor fitting and daggy looking 'wings' on each side.
4.0 MP EFI manual XR6 Sedan.
4.0 MP EFI auto XR6 Sedan.
4.0 MP EFI manual XR6 Wagon.
4.0 MP EFI auto XR6 Wagon.
5.0 MP EFI auto XR8 Sedan.
5.0 MP EFI manual XR8 Sedan
0 - 100kph
Ford Media Release /
Street Machine Magazine, p41 Dec '94.
It is important to note that performance figures will vary depending on vehicle
condition (run-in / loose), temperatures at the time of testing, tyres fitted to the vehicle,
atmospheric conditions (wind / air pressure / humidity) and the driver's individual driving
techniques. Meaningful data can only realistically be obtained by driving the
vehicles back to back on the same day within a very short period of each other.