The following is a combination of rumours and speculation from both reliable and less reliable sources.
I have heard that Ford will not be selling the 3 valve 5.4 V8 as an option on the E240/E8/Orion Falcon which is due to go on sale in March 2008. The 5 valve 5.4 V8 will continue on in the XR8 and FPV range.
So what does Ford intend to do about anyone who doesnít want or canít afford a XR8/FPV? Offer the turbocharged 4.0 I6 on models other than the XR6 Turbo. I know that it will be available on more than the XR6 but itís unknown how many others will have the option.
I guess the question has to be asked, will people accept it or is there still a lot of affection for a V8? Iím sure that the TI6 will be a better engine and being Aussie built, it helps things run along here and it should be cheaper than paying for an exported V8. But it wonít come with the V8 rumble and as weíve seen with Holdenís VE range, there is still a lot of demand for V8s (one in four are V8s).
But are 6cyls the Ďnew V8í with both Toyota/TRD and Mitsubishi looking at releasing high powered 6cyls in the near future and they should be perceived as more fuel efficient than he 8yls which will be a bonus.
So should Ford keep the low-po V8 or start something new and offer the turbocharged 6cyl on more models?