While most Americans think of koalas, kangaroos and boomerangs when they hear the word “Australia,” American car nuts tend to think of a land that vehicle design and packaging forgot. Both GM and Ford offer locally-designed and locally-built mid-size, rear-drive passenger cars with both six- and eight-cylinder power (though only for a couple more years in the case of Ford). What’s more, both offer coupe-utility (ute for short) pickup versions of these passenger cars whose engine and driveline configurations fell out of style (at least for non-performance cars) on this side of the globe around the mid-1980s.
And it was a ute – specifically a FG-series Ford Falcon powered by the company’s astronomically-bitchin’, Down-Under-only turbocharged DOHC “Barra” inline-six – that carried MotorTrend Epic Drives host Arthur St. Antoine and the mag/YouTube channel’s editor-at-large (and native Aussie) Angus MacKenzie on a journey through the state of South Australia. From the bustling metropolis of Adelaide, to A-Mac’s boyhood home (complete with his Alfa-fanatic dad), to the southern edge of the Outback, it’s an enticing look at both how different (and similar) life is over there.