My understanding is that the HP actually was the normal XR6, while the VCT was more powerful thanks to variable camshaft timing, and handled better thanks to IRS. But the IRS weighed it down so much that it wasn't much faster. The HP/VCT models existed throughout the AU's lifespan.
I'm open to any corrections here.
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Yeah, the responses are correct. The HP came without four power windows and single cd player (well for AUI anyway) whilst VCT did.
Essentially HP has 164 kw and live axle, whilst VCT has 172kw and IRS. HP has better power/weight ratio, the mags getting 0-100km/h at 7.8 for a HP and 8.0 flat for the VCT (Motor Mag). Also HP slightly quicker over the quarter according to Motor.
VCT's strength is the better ride comfort than the HP on anything except perfectly smooth roads and HP can be knocked off line slightly if there are any mid corner bumps when you're having a go. Also, VCT has smoother top end. But HP still the quicker car. Plenty of fun too, very progressive oversteerer. In fact I find it will primarily push before it will hang the arse out. I'm talking about a stock car of course.
Really the argument between the HP and the VCT is comfort/luxuries vs rawness/acceleration; HP's make a great track tool BECAUSE of the live axle (funnily enough!). Ford (earlier on during the AU) and Darryl Coon (more recently) raced HP's in production car racing. Darryl Coon in particular was very successful with them.
Either way, great cars in my opinion. You won't regret it, no matter which you choose.
PS. If buying an AU II/III HP you might wanna check that it comes with the LSD. They made it optional after AU I (I don't know why). Something to consider.
Thankx for the help guys yeah the one we were looking at was a series 3 blueprint with the perigrine bar and all that sort of stuff and it had lsd according to the dealership and it has a sunroof looks aftermarket i think and was a bit more fun to drive than an xr6 that is why i asked about the diffrences but this one has power windows apparently it was one of the last ones made and was a company car up until now which is abit worrying cause i have seen how the company cars at my work get treated.
Car 1: Eb xr6, Factory power windows & Alpine premium sound
My Mods: Super low kings springs, 17" advanti rims, cold air intake
& Lukey extractors with 2.5" straight through exhaust.
All the money being poured into this one now.
Car 2: Xe esp,383 stroker, c10, 9" diff etc... R.I.P my beast thanks little bro!!!!!!
Originally posted by BLACK XR6-VCT PS. Can anyone help me in relation to this blocked off pipe at this other thread:
That blocked off pipe is whats called an equaliser pipe, It's to get a twin system flow and a quiet but nice exhaust note.
Without it, the car will sound droany and will resonate. Thats one thing thats better with twin systems opposed to single you can have a good flow without the noise.
What HPDude said about the AU XR's is dead right couldn't put it better myself. They are honestly great cars even when comparing to some of the late model Imports the XR6 still shines it's lights in terms of balanced performance, affordability, decent space, handling and flair.
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