The Barra V8, distinct from the Australian-built Barra I6, was produced at the Essex, Ontario, Canada engine facility and stemmed from the Ford modular engine platform. All variations were 90-degree V8s with a 5.4-liter displacement. Each featured a Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) design with Variable Cam Timing (VCT) and three valves per cylinder. Notably, the Falcon became the pioneer vehicle to adopt Ford’s VCT Modular engine.
Historically, the V8 had been the dominant powertrain option in earlier Falcon generations. However, the turbocharged inline-six engine eventually surpassed the base 220 kW V8 in power output. Over time, enthusiasts gravitated towards the turbocharged I6 due to its tunability for enhanced performance and the potential cost savings on annual registration fees in select Australian states like Queensland.
Block Material: Cast Iron
Cylinder Heads Material: Aluminum Alloy
Crankshaft Material: Cast Iron
Maximum Engine Speed: 5250 RPM
Bore: 90.2 mm
Stroke: 105.8 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.3 : 1
Firing Order: 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8
Displacement: 5408 cc
Number of Valves: 24 (two inlet valves at 34.00 mm and one exhaust valve at 37.5 mm per cylinder)
Power: 220 kW (295 hp) @ 4750 rpm / 230 kW (308 hp) @ 5350 rpm (BF)
Torque: 472 N⋅m (348 lb⋅ft) from 3250-4000 rpm (470 N⋅m (347 lb⋅ft) @ 3250RPM) / 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) @ 3500 rpm (BF)