T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
Falcon XT Assessment
Well it was the first time I drove a Barra Falcon in Blue Perl today. It was a good back to back comparison with the work Fairmont in Monsoon.
Engine, The initial sound in my opinion isn't that different to an AU but once after 3000rpm it sounds more racier (a nice aural tone) and revs much much smoother and cleaner than the SOHC 6 all the way to the 6000rpm redline. Perhaps this next comment is due to the lack on km's but it doesn't feel as urgent as i expected off the line. No doubt the weight plays this factor as well. But overall i can safely say that an AU XR6 is quicker than an XT.
Transmission, A nice feel on the gear detents, and the tiptronic shift is excellent though at times i'd change up gears instead of down. Just a matter of getting use to. But i can say one thing the new auto trans will not make me leave a manual. Manual feels much better by far.
Steering, The BA has a different feel to the AU's. It tracks better than the AU and theres virtually no steering kick back from bumps or mid corner bump steer. The slightly smaller diameter steering wheel felt great as well. I can also go as far as say theres abit of a springy feel to the steering when straightening out of corners, not annoying at all but just noticed it compared.
Brakes, They hauled up pretty smoothly and confidently and pedal feel was great. More km's would of determined the wear and feel compared to the AU's.
Ride, I felt that the ride is softer than even the AUII Fairmont. Does a great job to quell the thumps and bumps, much more refined than the AU but push it around a corner and theres abit of wallowing and a sense of floatiness about it. Also there was no rattles and squeeks that i heard but only decent km's will reveal if the BA is better than the AU in that department.
Tyres/Wheels, If anyone is buying an XT, ditch the wheels, they feel too narrow for the car and there was alot of tyre squeel when pushing around the corners.
But overall i think it's a very nice Falcon and yes it's better than the AU series, but i can't justify changing to the BA just yet.
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
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