Me own a skyline? HA! Thats quite crazy, if I owned a skyline and some how had access to a Au Fairlane why on earth would I want to compare the two..... That would be unnatural, it would be simular if you had a orange and you had a apple, and we sat next to each other admiring our own personal fruit perhaps even glancing to what the other had, of course a comparison would be shouted down with " its comparing apples to oranges!" but still a comparison none the less.
Yes I do own a 89 skyline. Very interesting car. I would expect its performance to be pretty average these days.
No one finds it interesting that in ~15 years car dynamics haven't changed much at all? I do. Oh things have definately changed, styling, the AU falcon is the biggest styling flop scince the 80's nissan skyline... Hey a connection. Both made in Australia! Both RWD, inline 6's, four doors, 4 wheel discs, feature simular level of trip computer(no development in ~15 years!), dash instruments, etc.
I suppose I could say that the Au II i6 fairlane is about as fast as a VT II era V6 Statesman (seems to have less bottom rev and more up top than statesman). That the fairlane seems better planted than a statesman. But what would be the point.
Still the fact remains, either my skyline is enormously powerful, making something like 150Kw or is much lighter than offical statistics suggest, or the VCT engine is somewhat optomistic or the Fairlane is much heavier than ~1650 kg or something else.
I honestly expected the Fairlane to win on from the paper statistics. I expected the VCT engine to blow away the 3.8 in the statesman, man it isn't even supercharged.. I expected a car with 12kg per kw from the 80's to be left behind somewhat quickly.
Options for Ford:
~160 kw VCT engine
~170 kw V8
Options for Holden
~150 Kw V6 pushrod junk
~180 Kw S.c v6
~225 Kw V8..
I could make more comparisons against nissans special vechical (SVD) devision and Ford Tickford experience.. Where flaws lay.
All Im saying is with this little grunt I don't know how ford sells many of them at all. They are as slow/slower than a statesman/forte/traffic, they seem smaller inside, they are definately uglier than most cars, even tho the statesman is hardly sex on wheels. Power delivery seems at odds with the car, etc..
not fair, still its a comparison.