Ford has put Australia’s Falcon on notice. After CEO Alan Mulally said the Blue Oval would be pursuing a single, global rear-drive platform, it looked as though the Falcon’s days were numbered. While 60 percent of Falcon owners opt for a V8, sales of the iconic car have been hit dramatically due to gas price increases.

But the Falcon isn’t dead yet. CarAdvice reported back in June that its spy photographers caught a Falcon with a supercharged engine tooling about during testing a few months ago.

Picture: Car Advice

From the pictures, it does indeed appear that there is an intercooler opening in the grill. The photographer also reported that the Falcon accelerated very quickly, and there was the distinct sound of a supercharger whine. The current Falcon performance engine, the 5.4 liter BOSS, doesn’t mean stringent Euro4 emissions standards which go into effect Down Under soon.

That means the engine under the hood of this Falcon is likely Ford’s new 5.0 engine. Strapped with a supercharger, it would very easily crank horsepower to over 550 ponies. Ford keeps reminding us that it is going global, so it makes sense the new 5.0 engine would find its way to Australia. The Falcon is also supposed to be the first rear-drive passenger vehicle to get an EcoBoost engine. The question is, will the supercharged 5.0 find its way back to America eventually? The new Shelby is getting a 5.4 liter engine, but the details about it are still hush-hush. But for now, it looks like the Falcon gets a stay of execution.

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