Hmmmmm. From what I can tell, its gonna be difficult to flog the V8.
The standard 6 is a much better option IMO.
Same motor as the XR6 VCT. Whereas the 8 is not from the XR8.
(This is my understanding anyway).
AU3 Ghia V8 - $50,930 - 175 KW (Ford does not publicise)
VX2 Calais V8 - $52,240 - Standard LSD - 225KW
Fairmont Ghia does not get LSD standard - $798 option, which brings the price up to Calais teritory, but it does get IRS.
In comparison, the 6 looks like a better option
AU3 Ghia I6 VCT - $48,280 172KW IRS, LSD $798 option
VX2 Calais Stupercharge - $48,810 171KW(PULP), LSD $355 option.
This is a very shallow comparison, as it does not take into account Fords superior IRS handling, and Fords far superior build quality, but it also doesnt include Holdens Traction control, and other gimmicks.
Also Fairmont VCT6 has a much better reputation with Insurance co's, then the V8's and all Holdens.
Hope this generates some discussion, as I am also interested in the Pro's and con's of the latest Farimont Ghia -
You can see Ive been putting some thought into this one !!!!
Ok we shouldn't forget that although the power is only 175kw for the Fairmont V8, it's still a quick gear and will out gun the VCT engined sister. The V8's in the AU's have come along way since the E Series days and hence breathing is improved with the new explorer heads and better electrics with dizzyless ignition.
Don't have the exact times for the Fairmont Ghia V8 but as a comparison the Fairlane V8 does 0-100km in 8.2 and 1/4's in 16.2. So going from those figures the Fairmont Ghia will be quicker.
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Apart from having only 175KW, the V8 Fairmont Ghia is sensational, especially if one options up all the Tickford stuff. I'm guessing they won't touch the motor, but suspension, wheels, bodykit, sunroof, and momo stuff is all available. That's what my AU1 has got, everything that can be optioned from Tickford is.
Now, I wonder what the chances would be of anyone convincing Ford to put in a more "Healthy" version of the 5.0 before the deal is done? mmm, couldn't hurt to ask/beg.:s2:
Also,you could extract 15.6's out of one if you're lucky.(Stocky) I've got a July '99 Motor mag that has the story, Comparing an AU1 Ghia with a Jag and BMW.
Originally posted by EF_Falcon_GuY Ok we shouldn't forget that although the power is only 175kw for the Fairmont V8, it's still a quick gear and will out gun the VCT engined sister. The V8's in the AU's have come along way since the E Series days and hence breathing is improved with the new explorer heads and better electrics with dizzyless ignition.
You are so nice Gary. I drove a 175 Fairlane for a few days if you remember. That engine is a disgrace in these cars. Shocking.
Ford need to at least place a 185 in there if not the 200. How many Fairmont / Ghia V8s do you see versus Berlina / Calais? Little thinking needed here......
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