Driven: The most famous Ford Falcon | Drive.com.au
In 1960, the so-called compact cars began to appear, among them was the Ford Falcon. The car of the middle class was produced from 1960 to the beginning of the 70s. It had a simple external shape, there were no decorations on it, and the windshield of small curvature was almost flat. All this was necessary in order to Falcon turned out cheap and competitive with European models.
From a technical point of view - it was a car with a front suspension on double wishbone and a rear axle on longitudinal 4-leaf springs. Steering Ford Magic-Circle (screw-ball nut) without servo. Brakes front and rear drum.
A horizontal ribbon speedometer with an arrow and water temperature and fuel level indicators along the edges, as well as a charge / discharge warning light, were adorned on the instrument panel.
Subsequently, the Falcon formed the basis of the popular 1964 Ford Mustang
In the summer of 2000, the Falcon family of the new generation AU was modernized. The updated series received the index AU II. The release of these cars is engaged in the Australian branch of the company. The AU II series is represented by sedan, station wagon and Ute sport utility truck. All of them differ in configuration, appearance and interior equipment. There are new grille, front and rear bumpers. The interiors of the salons are made in the style of "new edge".
Improved passive and active safety of passengers through the use of new seat belts, constructive improvement of the suspension and brake system. Falcon has purchased 16-inch alloy wheels in series, and the XR8 sports package has even 17-inch wheels. Also for the sports version of the base 4.0-liter inline "six" with a capacity of 213 hp boost up to 234 hp
Longer and more comfortable models Falcon Fairlane Ghia and Falcon LTD. The basic configuration of these cars with a 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine producing 228 hp. equipped with only hydromechanical 4-speed "automatic". More powerful equipped with 5.0-liter units V8 capacity of 238 hp. (Fairlane) and 252 hp (LTD). Falcon station wagons feature very roomy bodies with a useful volume of up to 2.58 m³.
At the Sydney Motor Show in the fall of 2002, the premiere of the updated Falcon mid-range rear-wheel drive sedans (AU-IV series) was held. The more aggressive design of the new Facon has lost the brand line of the previous model - large elegant pointed-shaped block headlights. The design is based on the upgraded LS1 platform (Jaguar S-Type and other Ford models).
Along with the Falcon, the new Falcon Futura sedans and all-rounders and the more expensive Falcon Ghia of classic design debuted, as well as the Ford AU Falcon passenger pickups with a payload capacity of 450 kg. In addition to road versions, the Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) division in 2003 offers the GT-P Pursuit racing version with boosted to 367 hp. a 5.0 liter engine with two turbochargers and an AU Falcon Pursuit pickup with a similar design.