a vile merchant
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Geelong, Victoria
GT vs R8
Was just reading LS1.com and I see they're having a field day over the times in November motor mag for GT vs the new 285kW R8 Clubsport. And rightly so.
0-400m: 13.56s (172.3 km/h)
0-400m: 14.22s (166.1 km/h)
Absolutely abysmal I reckon. Sure we're packing a bit of extra weight but to be 4mph slower at the end of the quarter implies the Ford has a bit of a power defecit compared to the holden (nothing new here). When you consider that the same mag pulled from memory a 14.08 for the T3, I'm just wondering wtf ford are doing. Holden have got basically limitless engine options apparently just around the corner in Gen4, with displacements available of well over 6L and over 350kW, if required. Can't see they'd even bother tho when they kick all over our arses without even needing to match ford's quoted power outputs. The BOSS 5.4 has nowhere near the development potential of even the oil-guzzling LS1.
Words like 'quad-cam' may impress ricers, but in reality a quadcam V8 makes for a physically large, top-heavy engine that weighs a heap, hurts the balance of the car, and in the case of the BOSS motors has far too long a stroke. If the thing can't rev they are very limited in potential. Decent power increases usually involve moving the powerband up in the rev-range but in this case it has nowhere to go.
Come on ford, these cars look fast on paper. Why are we always full of bark but no bite? With seemingly no other V8 engine options on the horizon, thank god someone came up with the XR6T.
Last edited by PigDog; 10-17-03 at 01:23 PM.