Where the Falcon runs on 16-inch wheels, a step up to the XR6 brings you 18-inch wheels, and wider tyres with a much lower profile – which provide more responsive steering and better grip.
The XR6 also has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a better sound system, and wipers that turn on when rain hits the windscreen. Styling touches extend to the headlights and a rear wing.
Manual versions of the XR6 also gain a limited-slip differential, which helps the car accelerate by reducing wheelspin. (If you want a manual XR6, you can have these features for about the same as you would pay for the base-model Falcon, which comes only with an auto transmission.)
The XR6 Turbo stretches the wheel size to 19 inches and offers extra power from the turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A limited-slip diff is fitted to auto versions as well.
The XR8 brings V8 power and charm. It adds air-conditioning that can maintain different temperatures on each side of the cabin, partial leather seats, and bigger brakes that stop the car quicker. Tyres are wider at the rear, and the suspension is firmer to improve handling on smooth surfaces. The XR8 is also the only Falcon to come with a spare wheel that matches other wheels on the car (the rest get a space-saver spare that limits the recommended top speed to 80km/h).
The limited edition XR6 Sprint and XR8 Sprint build on the XR8 equipment list, while using modified turbo-six and V8 engines respectively. Along with a bunch of cosmetic changes, both Sprints come with Ford’s SYNC2 connectivity, extra power, and a revised – and more effective all-round – chassis tune.
There’s also a G6E Falcon that is more about luxury than sporty add-ons. It gets 18-inch wheels, leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, the better sound system, dual-zone air-conditioning and unique interior colours and trim elements.
The G6E Turbo comes with the turbocharged six-cylinder engine and 19-inch wheels.