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Old 09-24-2002, 02:53   #1 (permalink)
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Selected quotes from October Wheels on BA

* The BA is the car that can pull Falcon out of its dive.

* Let's be clear right from the start. The BA is one of the newest Falcon's in the nameplate's 42 year lifetime. Even after observing every tantalising moment of the Ford's six month BA striptease, the extent of the Falcon's rejuvenation is surprising. There's more, much more, than expected.

* Even if you've read every word written about the BA so far you will only have a partial picture. There's so much to describe its hard to know where to start.

* Interior. Its carefully crafted classiness makes sitting in any Falcon model - even the XT - a very, very impressive experience. Simply the BA sets a new standard for a locally designed interior.

* the new DOHC 6. It sounds like no other Falcon six you've ever driven.

* The accuracy of the BA's steering (now 2.8 lock to lock) and the car's fluently cohesive handling make it a more agile and accurate Falkcon than ever before.

The XR6T.

* Forget everything you've ever heard about Falcon sixes. This one sounds so good, so crisp, so revvy that from the outside you could almost mistake the wail of its big bore oval exhaust for a hard charging BMW 330.

* The most sophisticated engine yet produced in Australia? Ford's Barra 240T turbo six, by a long shot.

* For an engine that snarls so aggressively when provoked with just a dab of wastegate hiss and pop between heavy throttlings, the Turbo cruises briskly with little fuss or noise.

* Overtaking acceleration 80 to 120km/h
3rd/4th/5th
4.1/5.2/8.0 secs

*Standing 400m
Barra 182 - 15.5 secs
Barra 220 - 15.1 secs
Barra 240T - 14.4 secs

* The handling is the real deal too, with a crispness that is remarkable for a thing of its size and weight. Confidently poised and light on its feet, the XR6T's responsive chassis teams with the tactile steering as a seriously driveable combo.

* The standard brakes are mighty arresting, and the optional premium binders even more effective.

FIVE CHANGES THEY REALLY LIKED

1. Better Brakes - Not so long ago falcon brakes were ghastly, fade prone fast wearing junk. Not so any more ....

2. Interior illumination - Simple idea, very effective.

3. Centre console - the BA's console is a great example of practical user friendliness

4. Driver ergonomics -

5. Satin chrome - very subtle and classy.
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Thats a top wrap up!

Its the car we all hoped and prayed for, and it looks like the media will show it in the good light that it deserves.

Well done to Ford Australia!
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Excellent looks like the media is going to give BA the credit it deserves :s5
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Old 09-24-2002, 03:07   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Organza,

Could not find wheels at Newsagent today! Sounds like it will be a great seller for Ford. Any bad points??????????????????
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Only one really .... by Mike McCarthy when writing about the XT.

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"The reborn straight six engine is a mind changer too. Any operational resemblance to Falcons of old is purely coincidental. This one is on the pace in every sense. The auto works well but can be indecisive when pedalled hard in Drive. All the more reason to exploit its sequential manual mode"

"There are a few omissions ( in the XT) - most notably the lack of rear passenger holds, and a centre armrest. But the one worth grizzling about is the exclusion of traction control - even as an option. The bean counters strike again?"

Not bad -- one or two small complaints in 17 pages on BA. Commodore only 8 pages and the Camry just 5.
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17 pages??? can't wait for tomorrow!!!
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Old 09-24-2002, 03:21   #7 (permalink)
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XR6 Turbo > Extreme Sports

What an engine! The XR6 Turbo's Barra 240T 4 litre six is just brilliant. This is one of the most impressive engines Australia has ever produced. Ford's engine team wanted the Turbo to emphasise the inherent toughness of their revitalised in-line six and they've created an eight eater. And you're unlikely to meet a better sounding 240kW. The only external sign that the car packs 58kW than a regular XR6 is the 'Turbo' badge on the bootlid. Suspension set-up, and wheel and tyre package are the same as the base XR. So too, is the interior treatment other thna rear power windows and rear grab handles. From a driver perspective, the crucial Turbo equipment extras are the LSD and traction control.
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Re: Wheels summary on the XR6T

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XR6 Turbo > Extreme Sports

What an engine! The XR6 Turbo's Barra 240T 4 litre six is just brilliant. This is one of the most impressive engines Australia has ever produced. Ford's engine team wanted the Turbo to emphasise the inherent toughness of their revitalised in-line six and they've created an eight eater. And you're unlikely to meet a better sounding 240kW. The only external sign that the car packs 58kW than a regular XR6 is the 'Turbo' badge on the bootlid. Suspension set-up, and wheel and tyre package are the same as the base XR. So too, is the interior treatment other thna rear power windows and rear grab handles. From a driver perspective, the crucial Turbo equipment extras are the LSD and traction control.
Sounds excellent. What's the bet there will be a few XR6's getting around without that turbo badge on the boot soon enough!
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Yeah... i could imagine some XR6T owners going for the total sleeper look. Since its only the badge which discriminates between the XR6 and the XR6T, be prepared to get wasted at the traffic lights anytime soon after October 30.
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Sounds excellent. What's the bet there will be a few XR6's getting around without that turbo badge on the boot soon enough!
And a few non turbo ones with the turbo badge.
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