EL Falcon - XR6 & XR8 specs:

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New suspension settings - making this the best handling Falcon do date short of the EL GT.  With new rear suspension geometry and revised spring rates, it was no wonder even the press marvelled at it's new found stability.  Not that the EF XR was a bad car - but if a standard GLi could comfortably out handle the IRS Commodore, how much more capably would the XR do the job?   Unfortunately the EL also spelt the death of the short lived XR6 wagon - a decision that would be lamented even to this day.  While the EF XR wheels were an especially attractive item even in the factory fitted 15" form, the same could not be said for the new 6 spoke alloys fitted to EL XRs - which made a new record as the ugliest alloy 'hub cap imitation' wheel yet.  - The sort of thing you'd expect to see fitted to the latest 'Sapphire' value pack - not the gun model Falcon!

Similiarily, the new nose treatment didn't suit everybody - especially those who had grown to love the pure recessed headlight look of the ED & EF XR's.  Yet once the EL grill and headlight surround grew on you - there was no going back.  I still remember one magazine likening the look to a helmeted race car driver with his nostrils flared wide!  Although you'd have to see it to believe it, the similiarities were frightening.  Like all new vehicles, this one took a while to grow on you - although fortunately not as long as the AU.  Initially the XR6 was the pick of the breed with far better handling and accelaration than it's heavier and underpowered brother (170kW XR8) although the issue was eventually solved giving the XR8 a much needed boost half way through the EL product cycle with the AU 185kW engine upgrade brought forward - a decision made as Tickford desperately sought to more effectively combat the VT's 179kW 5.0 litre V8 and finally out muscle the XR6's handling and weight benefits.

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