My Test drive of the BA XT
Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of testdriving a XT BA with the only mod 17 inch mags.
Anyway some on the things I noticed, and this is only my opinion.
The driving position was very good, seemed to fit like a glove compared to the VX.
The auto gear lever felt very cheap and nasty although I loved the sports shifter idea.
The engine is very smooth compared to the last ford I drove, (an AU3), low down grunt is very poor compared to the VX although as we all know this is due to the 100km/h first gear of the auto, It's fine telling people it has grunt but people like to feel it, why oh why dont Ford ask BTR to lower the ratio of 1st gear so the thing goes off the line?.
With the engine at WOT when it gets to about 3700rpm something happens and an extra kick of power comes on, this kick is not your gradual increase as revs increase, it's something mechanical adjusting. From 3700 to 5500 it's the best engine I've every had the pleasure to drive, and does this baby like to rev or what?
Verdict, great car, looks great from the outside and the Jury is still out on the inside although it's a quantam leap over the AU dash.
ps, Ford please use a better glue on the rear view mirror as it fell off in my hand during the test.
Car's I have owned. First car purchased in July 1994, in order of ownership.
VC Valiant 245Hemi, 280zx Nissan 5 speed, 88 EA 3.9CFI,94 ED Gli X Chaser, 79 FC LTD, 351, FMX, 91 EA2 Fairmont Ghia, 1999 AU S pack, 2000 AU Forte, 1992 EB2 XR8, 2001 AU2 SR, 2002 VX2 Acclaim, 2002 VX2 Manual S pack,2003 BA XR6 manual, 2001 VX2 Berlina.