T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
AU1 Falcon Assessment
Well, i had the privellage in borrowing an AU1 Futura 1998 model for the weekend. Here are my thoughts that i'd like to share and discuss with you's.
Car is a rep-car done 103k, and is in reasonable condition and has not been in an accident. Tyres have been upgraded to the Dunlop Lemans 215 60's 15.
Firstly in the handling department i was very impressed, despite visually looking like the AU is on high heels it corners pretty flat. Equalling to my wagon which has had $1500 worht of suspension upgrades. I did note that there is abit of a thump and bump from the suspension but that is due to stiffer shocks.
About the rear traction a few of you noted that the AU is pretty bad, i'm not sure if it's because i've been driving the horse n cart spring for too long but i felt the rear end grip was great, occasionally on rough roads it gets twichy.
Nothing like the rear end sudden snap of the commodore IRS.
About the driveline and tranny, i felt there was abit of a vague feeling off the mark to say 1250 then it would take off.
I can say to 60km/h a VT commo feels livier, but after that the AU trashes it.
I think the Auto's need a 3.27 diff ratio or a shorter 1st gear in the auto.
Build quality was generally fine with a few squeeks and rattles from the interior and paint comming off the drivers door handle.
One thing i didn't find so pleasant is the engine noise under revs. It feels smoother and idles much quieter than the EF-EL but when accelerating under revs the engine note doesn't sound as good as the EF.
Lastly the brakes in my opinion they leave the EF-EL brakes for dead.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
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