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XD Falcon Specifications

Ford Falcon XD Sedan
Ford Colour Codes A - L
Ford Colour Codes A - L
Ford Colour Codes M -Z
Ford Colour Codes M -Z
  • Years of Manufacture: 1979 - 1982
  • Number Built: 206,974
  • Price at Introduction:
    • Falcon GL Sedan: $5456
    • Fairmont Sedan: $8866
    • Fairmont Ghia: $9558
    • Falcon GL wagon: $6981
    • Fairmont wagon: $8866
  • Models:
    • Falcon GL Sedan
    • Fairmont Sedan
    • Fairmont Ghia Sedan
    • Falcon GL Wagon
    • Fairmont Wagon
    • Utility
    • Van
  • Date of Introduction:
    • 28th March, 1979
  • To Identify:
    • Fourth completely new body style for the Falcon
    • Black plastic grille featuring seven horizontal bars with the Ford badge in the middle
    • Rectangular headlights on all models, with wrap-around indicators
    • Plastic wrap-around bumpers
    • Alloy-Head motors introduced from July 1980 onward, identified by "Alloy Head" badges located on lower front guards of both 3.3 and 4.1 litre models
    • Also from July 1980 onward, badges denoting engine capacity are no longer used
  • Body:
    • Unitary construction (Monocoque)
  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Total Length: 4737mm
    • Total width: 1860mm
    • Height at kerb weight: 1374mm
    • Wheelbase: 2818mm
    • Front Track: 1559mm
    • Rear Track: 1527mm
  • Kerb Weight:
    • Iron head: 1376kg
    • Alloy head: 1345kg
  • Fuel Tank:
    • 77.0 litres
  • Turning Circle:
    • 11.5 metres
  • Instruments:
    • Speedometer
    • Odometer
    • Econometer (Tachometer on Fairmont, Fairmont Ghia)
    • Petrol gauge
    • Temp gauge
    • Oil warning lamp
    • Alternator warning lamp
    • Digital clock
  • Transmission:
    • Manual (Six, 3 speed Borg Warner)
      • 1st: 2.95:1
      • 2nd: 1.69:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 3.67:1
    • Manual (Six and 4.9 litre V8, 4 speed)
      • 1st: 3.06:1
      • 2nd: 1.84:1
      • 3rd: 1.32:1
      • Reverse: 3.04:1
    • Manual (5.8 litre V8, 4 speed)
      • 1st: 2.36:1
      • 2nd: 1.78:1
      • 3rd: 1.27:1
      • 4th: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.47:1
    • Manual (5.8 litre V8, 4 speed)
      • 1st: 2.46:1
      • 2nd: 1.78:1
      • 3rd: 1.27:1
      • 4th: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.47:1
    • Automatic (3.3 and 4.1 litre Six; Borg Warner 35-3)
      • 1st: 2.39:1
      • 2nd: 1.45:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.09:1
    • Automatic (3.3 and 4.1 litre Six, 4.9 litre V8; C4-3)
      • 1st: 2.46:1
      • 2nd: 1.46:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.20:1
    • Automatic (5.8 litre V8; Ford FMX-3)
      • 1st: 2.40:1
      • 2nd: 1.47:1
      • 3rd: 1.00:1
      • Reverse: 2.00:1
  • Clutch:
    • 3.3 and 4.1 litre: Single dry plate clutch, spring, cable operated
    • 4.9 and 5.8 litre: Twin dry plate, hydraulically operated
  • Rear Axle Ratio:
    • 3.3 litre Six manual and auto: 2.92:1
    • 4.1 litre Six manual and auto: 2.92:1
    • 4.9 litre V8 manual and auto: 2.92:1
    • 5.8 litre V8 manual: 2.92:1
    • 5.8 litre automatic: 2.77:1
    • Note: Available from 3.3 litre Alloy Head from June 1980 2.77:1
  • Engine/Transmission Combinations:
    • 3.3 litre Six available with 3 speed manual or automatic
    • 4.1 litre Six available with 3/4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
    • 4.9 litre V8 available with manual 3 or 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
    • 5.8 litre V8 available with manual 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic
  • 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h):
    • 12.8 seconds (250ci 2V Automatic)
  • Standing Quarter Mile (400 metres):
    • 19.0 seconds (250ci 2V Automatic)
  • 3.3 litre Six (to June 1980):
    • Capacity: 200 cubic inches (3.273 litres)
    • Type: Cast iron cross-flow with hydraulic tappets, chain driven camshaft, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Bottom end: Seven bearing crankshaft
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 93 x 80mm
    • Power: 82kw at 4000rpm
    • Torque: 228Nm at 2400rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
  • 3.3 litre "Alloy Head" Six (from June 1980):
    • Capacity: 200 cubic inches (3.273 litres)
    • Type: Alluminium Alloy cross-flow pushrod valve actuation, chain driven camshaft, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Bottom end: Seven bearing crankshaft
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 93 x 80mm
    • Power: 84kw at 4000rpm
    • Torque: 230Nm at 2400rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.15:1
  • 4.1 litre Six (to June 1980):
    • Capacity: 250 cubic inches (4.10 litres)
    • Type: Cast iron cross-flow with hydraulic tappets, chain driven camshaft, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Bottom end: Seven bearing crankshaft
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 93 x 99mm
    • Power: 94kw at 3900rpm
    • Torque: 295Nm at 1900rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
  • 4.1 litre "Alloy Head" Six (from June 1980):
    • Capacity: 250 cubic inches (4.10 litres)
    • Type: Alluminium Alloy cross-flow pushrod valve actuation, chain driven camshaft, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 6 cylinders
    • Bottom end: Seven bearing crankshaft
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Pushrod and rocker actuated ohv with two valves per cylinder
    • Fuel System: Bendix Stromberg single barrel downdraft type carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 93 x 99mm
    • Power: 94kw at 4000rpm
    • Torque: 305Nm at 2000rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.35:1
  • 4.9 litre V8:
    • Capacity: 302 cubic inches (4.95 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders in vee
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Cast iron cross-flow with hydraulic valve actuation
    • Fuel System: Carter thermoquad four barrel progressive automatic choke carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 102 x 76mm
    • Power: 140kw at 4500rpm
    • Torque: 344Nm at 3200rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
  • 5.8 litre V8:
    • Capacity: 351 cubic inches (5.75 litres)
    • Type: Conventional, watercooled four stroke, reciprocating piston type with 8 cylinders in vee
    • Configuration: Front mounted, longitudinal, inline
    • Head: Cast iron cross-flow with hydraulic valve actuation
    • Fuel System: Two barrel carburettor
    • Bore and Stroke: 102 x 89mm
    • Power: 149kw at 4300rpm
    • Torque: 415Nm at 3000rpm
    • Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
  • Ignition and Electrical:
    • 12 volt
    • Six cylinder: contact breaker ignition system with centrifugal and vacuum spark advance mechanism
    • V8 and Alloy Head Six: High output breakerless electronic ignition distributor system with integral control module. Centrifugal and vacuum spark advance mechanism
  • Exhaust:
    • Six Cylinder: Single tail-pipe
    • V8: Twin pipes
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Fully independent type, double wishbone with brake reaction strut in tension. Spring and shock absorber mounted on upper arm. Anti roll bar. Dual durometer brake reaction strut bush (Note: EPS also fitted with Bilstein gas shock absorbers)
    • Rear: Floating axle, Hotchkiss rear suspension. Inclined shock absorber units, sedan also fitted with anti-roll bar (Note: EPS also fitted with Bilstein gas shock absorbers). Rear axle is rigid Salisbury type, with tubular steel pressed into cast-iron centre differential section. Axle shafts have rolled splines and taper roller bearings. Limited slip differential fitted to 4.9 litre V8 manual models and all 5.8 litre V8 models. Limited slip differential also available as an option on 4.1 litre and 4.9 litre automatic models. Single piece tubular drive shaft
  • Steering:
    • Recirculating ball, ratio 20:1 (5 turns lock-to-lock)
    • Optional power steering, recirculating ball, hydrauclically assisted with variable ratio from 17:1 straight ahead to 11:1 at full lock, 2.6 turns lock-to-lock
  • Brakes:
    • Split circuit hydraulic system
    • Mechanically operated booster
    • Alloy master cylinder with integral pressure proportioning valve and pressure differential switch
    • Front: Ventilated disc 286 x 24mm single piston, self adjusting floating caliper
    • Rear:
      • GL and Fairmont: 259 x 44 self-adjusting dual servo drums
      • Fairmont Ghia: Ventilated disc 286 x 24mm single piston, self adjusting floating caliper
      • Swept area: 720 square cm
  • Wheels:
    • 5.50 x 14 steel
    • 6.00 x 14 alloy
    • 7.00 x 15 alloy
  • Tyres (steel belted radial):
    • Falcon GL 3.3 and 4.1 Sedan: CR78 S14 4 ply on 5.5 inch rims, optional ER78 S14 4 ply, optional ER70 H14 6 ply on 6 inch rims
    • Falcon GL 3.3 and 4.1 Wagon, Fairmont 4.1 Sedan: ER78 S14 4 ply 6 inch rims, optional ER70 H14 on 6 inch rims
    • V8 GL Sedan/Wagon, V8 Fairmont Sedan/Wagon, Ghia Sedan: ER70 H14 6 ply on 6 inch rims



    “Your family looks nice and cosy in that new 4 cylinder car Dave!” “Yeah – oh here were are passing a truck, well it’s a pretty long truck! Here we are leaving the camp site, the tent will be coming back by rail.” “You know mate, you really didn’t have to squeeze your family into that little car. Falcon Alloy Head Six, ton of room, beautiful performance, economy that makes some of your small cars – well”. Don’t settle for less, Falcon is the answer.

    Also see:
    Falcon Identification

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