Re: BA XR6 vs jap cars
Tell him to be a man and acquire a SR20DET.
Speaking of which, lets look at what was the modern day equivalent of his little grey import.
Lets take a s15 with the SR20DET. Arguably the best of the Silvias - stock, according to Motor, this car pulls a 6.34 0-100 and a 14.59 400 metre. I would certainly not expect a 1989 180SX to pull anywhere near that stock (ignoring the weight factors - which Im not going to get into).
A silvia site suggest for the CA18DET in the 180sx to run a 7.05 0-100 and a 15.08 400m, which would probably be about right, if not generous looking at what the s15 pulls.
Now the bad news is motor call a 7.23 0-100 and 15.28 400m, I think people on FF have been able to do better. Anyway, in my conclusion, it would be pretty much comparing apples with apples - although, whos got the better car in the end ? A 15 year old car won't have the same reliability, comfort and torque performance as the falcon. Infact, I'd be nursing a 15yr old grey import turbo very very carefully. Lets not forget that force induction cars tend to lose power the older they get.
So I'd say in a 0-100 the falcon by its car length.