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 !!!!