EB Falcon (1991 – 1993)

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There were big changes for the EB Falcon, although these were not visual. The main differences on the outside were the placement of the Ford badge – now in the grille, new wheel trims and reverse lights on either side of the number plate. Quality was greatly improved over the EA.

The biggest news was the return of the V8. The 5L V8 was brought back to life with fuel injection and was available on all models. The other engines were the same as the EA range.

Improvements to the suspension consisted of gas-pressurised shock absorbers, uprated mounting bushes, revised front geometry and higher geared steering, making the car much more refined.

Series II, almost a different model, arrived in April 1992 and, on the base model, brought body-coloured bumpers, glossy black door handles and GLi badges.

The new engine in Series II was a quieter, greatly improved 4L multi-point six cylinder, and it replaced both 3.9L units. Safety was the order of the day, with the EB II gaining foam-filled extra-strength roof pillars, a stronger roof, new seat belt lockers and optional ABS braking. In early 1993, a lap sash rear seat belt became standard – a first for an Australian car.

Tickford Vehicle Engineering was established, a joint venture with Ford Australia, and one of the first models to come from this operation was the hot new S XR6. Released in October 1992, Tickford improvement gave the 4 litre enough performance to match a V8. A month later a new GT Falcon was unveiled to celebrate 25 years.

By the end of 1992, all Falcons got the new Smartlock security system with Tibbe locks and an immobiliser. South Australian police invited four professional car thieves to steal the EB. After four days, they gave up.

In 1993 a Tickford factory LPG option became available.

EB Falcon Photos (photos are cropped, click to enlarge)
Ford EB Falcon
On Sale: July 1991 – August 1993 (Series II: April 1992)
How do I know it’s an EB? Slight changes over EA include: Ford badge positioned in grille, no air vent in C-pillars, side indicators, new wheel trims and reverse lights on either side of number plate.
Series II: Glossy door handles, 4.0L badges on 6 cylinder models, and body-coloured bumpers for the base model.
Models available:
Falcon GL/GLi:
XF Falcon GL:
Falcon S:
XF Falcon S:
Falcon S XR6:
Falcon S XR8:
Fairmont:
Fairmont Ghia:
sedan, wagon
ute, van
sedan, wagon
ute
sedan
sedan
sedan, wagon
sedan, wagon
What’s new? Return of the V8, big suspension changes, 4.0L engine (Series II)
Falcon Firsts: Lap sash rear seat belt, anti-lock braking, Smartlock
Prices at introduction: Falcon GL sedan – $24042, Fairmont Ghia sedan – $39530
Total EBs built: 36374, EBII: 84847
Transmission: 5 speed manual, 4 speed automatic
3.9L 6 cyl
Bore and stroke: 92 x 99 mm
Power: 120kW at 4250rpm
Torque: 311Nm at 3250rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
3.9L multi-point 6 cyl
Bore and stroke: 93 x 99 mm
Power: 139kW at 4250rpm
Torque: 338Nm at 3500rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
5.0L V8
Bore and stroke: 102 x 76 mm
Power: 165kW at 4500rpm
Torque: 388Nm at 3000rpm
Pushrod overhead valve, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
4.0L 6 cyl (Series II)
Bore and stroke: 92 x 99 mm
Power: 148kW at 4500rpm
Torque: 348Nm at 3750rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
4.0L 6 cyl (Series II S XR6)
Bore and stroke: 93 x 99 mm
Power: 161kW at 4600rpm
Torque: 365Nm at 3650rpm
Overhead camshaft, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: EEC IV fuel injection
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel consumption: AS2877 City/Highway per 100km: 12.5L/8L (Falcon GL 3.9 m/p auto)
Performance:
(Falcon S XR8, 5.0L V8, 5 sp manual):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 52km/h
2nd: 85km/h
3rd: 130km/h
4th: 181km/h
5th: 221km/h
0-100km/h: 7.7 seconds
Standing 400m: 15.7 seconds

(Falcon GLi 4.0, 4 speed auto):
Top speeds in gears
1st: 75km/h
2nd: 125km/h
3rd: 181km/h
4th: 215km/h
0-100km/h: 9 seconds
Standing 400m: 16.6 seconds
Suspension:
Front
Short and long arm, long spindle with single rate coil springs, twin tube telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bar. S, S XR-, Fairmont Ghia sedans – Uprated coil springs and shock absorbers with lower ride height

Rear
Sedan – Live axle, four trailing arms with Watts linkage telescopic shock absorbers, coil springs and stabiliser bar; Wagon – Live axle with leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers; S, S XR-, Fairmont Ghia sedans – Uprated coil springs and shock absorbers with lower ride height
Brakes:
Front
Power assisted 287mm ventilated discs, optional anti-lock braking system

Rear
Power assisted 287mm discs, optional anti-lock braking system
Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels:
Falcon GL – 14 x 6 inch JJ steel, optional – 15 x 7 inch JJ alloy
Falcon S, S XR6 – 15 x 7 inch JJ alloy five spoke
Fairmont – 15 x 6.5 inch JJ Turbo blade alloy
Fairmont Ghia – 15 x 6.5 inch JJ BBS alloy
Tyres:
Falcon GL – P195/75 HR14, optional – P215/65 HR14, P205/65 HR15
Falcon S, S XR6 – P205/65 HR15
Fairmont – P205/65 HR15, optional – P215/65 HR14, P205/65 HR15
Fairmont Ghia – Michelin P205/65 HR15
Dimensions:


Length:
Width:
Height:
Wheelbase:
Front track:
Rear track:
Kerb weight:
Turning circle:
Fuel tank:
Boot space:
Sedan
4811mm
1857mm
1399mm
2794mm
1554mm
1533mm
1445kg
11m
68 litres
453 litres
Wagon
5003mm
1857mm
1483mm
2923mm
1554mm
1533mm
1507kg
11.4m
72 litres
1466 litres
Interior dimensions:


Front headroom:
Rear headroom:
Front shoulder room:
Rear shoulder room:
Front hip room:
Rear hip room:
Front legroom:
Rear legroom:
Sedan
976mm
975mm
1527mm
1515mm
1475mm
1245mm
1077mm
988mm
Wagon
984mm
1039mm
1527mm
1515mm
1475mm
1245mm
1077mm
988mm
Features (at introduction): Legend


Automatic
Air conditioning
Power steering
Power windows
Power mirrors
Central locking
Radio cassette
Steering adj.
Seat height adj.
Seats
Speedometer
Tachometer
Cruise control
Alloy wheels
Falcon GL
opt
opt

X
X




cloth

X
X
X
Falcon S
opt


X
X




cloth


X
Falcon S XR8
opt


X
X




cloth


X
Fairmont



X
X




cloth



Fairmont Ghia









velour
digital


Awards:
Rivals: Holden VN/VP/VR Commodore, Mitsubishi TR Magna, Toyota Lexcen, Toyota Camry Vienta