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Old 09-06-2002, 06:40   #1 (permalink)
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How pissed would you be ?

How mad at themselves must the owners of near new Fords be. Taking a look at the coming line up how confident would you be sitting at the lights in your vct au xr6 next to a xt barra or your brand new pursuit ute parked also at the lights next to some horny looking ford ute with turbo written across the tailgate. Or your squillion dollar Te 50 next to a stock XR8 Barra. Ford are spot on with the new models all previous models are obsolete almost overnight. I know it is now an old car but since it had cult status can you fancy your ED XR8 SPRINT getting blown away by some bugger in a BA XT with an exhaust and cold air. The next few months are going to humble quite a few people whatever make they currently drive. Shit you would have to have second thought about trying to drag that 75 year old guy at the lights who is using his BA fairmont ghia to tow his caravan. Bring on the BA. I need one
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Old 09-06-2002, 06:49   #2 (permalink)
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I think you should be pissed enough to know that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Buy a BARRA and eat everything else on the road.
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Old 09-06-2002, 07:21   #3 (permalink)
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Larko, I agree, not only did the goal posts move, the bastards up and left the state. Over night we go from 157 to 182 stock, was there are performance Ford called an Xr6 in there somewhere???

It sure makes the old 165kw Windsors look suddenly very very old and gutless.

Larko, you are in need of a new car, BARRA would look the part in your drive, and would be alot faster than that slug ED XR8 5 speed you had :s6:
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Old 09-06-2002, 07:48   #4 (permalink)
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It's not just the extra power - It's the smooth way it's delivered.
The new engines are fuel efficient, rev smoothly past 6000 and don't feel rushed or tired past 4000 revs.

I for one am realy looking forward to the Turbo 6 and the Boss 260.

How cool is it that local cars have world class stuff like these ?
Goodbye push rods, Goodbye 30 year old heads.

The great debate and endless road tests between Holden & Ford is about to rage !!!
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Old 09-06-2002, 08:29   #5 (permalink)
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I reckon I can still outgun a stock 182kW Barra (thanks Herrod), but when they start modding them I'm in trouble.
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Old 09-06-2002, 09:20   #6 (permalink)
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One thing we havnt yet seen is the weight of them.

For all we know the base model could be 1600kg(it certainly wont be lighter than AU anyway), in which case I dont think id have any trouble dispatching them, especially if the autos still have that terrible first gear.....
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Old 09-06-2002, 09:21   #7 (permalink)
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well, lets see some of the new BA's running quarters then eh Venom XR?!
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Old 09-06-2002, 14:11   #8 (permalink)
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The BA IS LIGHTER. Remember ? - Thats why the went with Control Blade IRS. The old Wishbone weighed 70 kg More than the live axle.

So Ford adapted Control Blade from the Euro Fords because it's LIGHTER, more precise better canter/camber & toe control AND CHEAPER to make - They built a 'Just in time' factory at Broadmeadows.

So the Barra is lighter, More Powerful, more fuel efficient, steers, brakes, handles and is quieter, looks better and alltogether makes us se what can realy be done when a big Company has it's back to the wall.

I Want One.
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Old 09-06-2002, 15:46   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry but BA is heavier.

Laminated fire wall, more steel front and back, both the I6 and V8 are heavier. the wieght saving from the IRS is only 20Kg.
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It sure makes the old 165kw Windsors look suddenly very very old and gutless.

couldn't agree more, especially in the fairmont that we've got. hopefully ba gt will be in our price range next year when we go looking for an up grade.

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