EXPERIENCED XR8 FANATIC
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: menai...... sydney
motor mag xr8 vs ss
hi guys just recieved the latest copy. well its good news again for the xr8. it clearly s the better car its just not the fastest. motor suggest that the xr8 is more sophisticated, rides eerily well,even when you're belting the pick handle out of it. it sounds fantastic and its smooth.although they do say that some will be disappointed by it, as they were waiting for something with more raw meat. who cares this car must be really awsome. with quotes from the magazine like "push the xr8 quickly and it will flick into oversteer in third and even fourth gear, if you dont have a wedding ring an xr8 might help fix that, quiet dignity and class next to bovver boy ss. might have to update the au it seems. :-)
although in the same issue the gt vs the clubsport the gt isnt so lucky. although they praise the gt for being more refined, more useful,a cinch to drive around town with all that torque, as well as having a supple ride good for high speed cruising and urban environments. they give the thumbs up to the clubbie for being a better performance car when taken to its limits. its quicker and more entertaining through the twisty bits and in some ways been handed a free kick by ford, who have engineered so much into the ba it has ended up far too heavy for even the power of the boss to overcome. but that said they claim the clubsport isnt perfect either. motor would love a ford tremec 5 speed added and the ride softened on the clubsport. that said where the gt is red hot the clubsport is smoking.
i suppose it comes down to the individual as to what you would buy. you get a gt thats a refined car ,with all the trimmings in one hand that does everything you could ask from it, and in the other hand you get a clubsport that goes like a power of piss, but does everything just not quite as refined or engineered as the gt.
so it ultimately comes down to outright speed or a well sorted vehicle. i know what i prefer.
but at the end of the day australians have never been so lucky to be treated to such wonderful performance cars.
IF IT AIN'T BIG ENOUGH STROKE IT.
5 speed xr8 ,silouette in colour,17in tickford 5 spokes , momo steering wheel and momo gear knob. twin 2 1/2 inch exhaust with race magnum mufflers. custom stereo system.