What does everyone think of the new Astra Turbo? When it came out I wondered if i should have waited to test drive this car before I bought my BA Xr6.
it looks fairly sweet - 2L 147kw engine, mid 7s to one-hundred - leather interior, 17inchers ect. for $37K.
still i think i would have still gone the XR6 - similar performance but much more car for your money (very suprisingly the Xr6 also uses less fuel!!).
in the end i think the turbo astras a great little car - but despite the turbo, its still really just a front wheel drive runabout....
what does everyone think of it?
2003 BA XR6, T5, Blueprint. Herrods exhaust, unifilter ,painted calipers.
0-100 in 6.55 secs.
Forever to live in the shadow of its big brother!
Also - Kawasaki ZZR, soon to be Kawasaki ZX6R.
The Astra turbo, and the Astra convertible are both good cars for what they are, but their pricing is a joke.
The convertible is more expensive than a Mazda MX5! Why would you pay more for a small generic front wheel drive car thats been comprimised by having its roof chopped off, than for a rear wheel drive, purpose-designed convertible sports car?
As for the turbo (either coupe or convertible) what dave_au said is on the money - real performance cars are too close in price.
I think it just depends what you want out of a car - to look good out front of your favorite cafe while you sip on a latte, or to go fast and provide fun and entertainment behind the wheel!
Yeah mate the pricing is way too close to, what id consider to be, better cars.
$37k is a expensive astra. If your looking at how fast it is 15.5sec 1/4 mile isnt overly impressive, but consistant for the car.
1st car EA Fairmont Ghia, extractors, exhaust
2nd EF GLi, 'custom' interior, extractors, exhuast
3rd EA Fairmont 5spd, low'd, extractors, exhuast, head
work, 3.45LSD, EL dash, interior+ El ECU
4th EB2 Fairmont, EL dash and interior, BBM, LSD etc etc
5th EB Fairmont Ghia 5L. All leather, lowered, exhaust etc
The current wheels or motor mag has a test on it an a st170 focus if ya wanna read it. Sorta glanced through it an they reckon the astra will win in a straight line but the focous is a better handling car. I think thats what i read anyways.
UTE KILLER!! RIP. BA XR8 UTE 24/12/03 - 9/2/04
ED XR6 sedan for sale, manual, 145,000kays, green, stock standard. Good condition.
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Originally posted by flavze The current wheels or motor mag has a test on it an a st170 focus if ya wanna read it. Sorta glanced through it an they reckon the astra will win in a straight line but the focous is a better handling car. I think thats what i read anyways.
Sound's like their report on the XR8 v's SS the mag's allways say the Holden's have the straight line speed but the Ford has the package.
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If I was spending that sort of money and didn't want something as big as an XR6T I would spend the extra and go for a WRX. The WRX is definately a better all round car than the Astra and that would be enough to make me spend the extra 5 grand.
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