Australian TE50 AU1 Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
TS50 vs. TE50
Are you sitting comfortably, then I’ll begin. Went to my FTE dealer today, he called me up to let me know he had several T Series cars in that I might like to test drive. No sooner had he put the phone down I was at his door. I know, I’m a lucky #*@!#. First the 220kw TE50 manual, definitely quicker off the line than the 200kw AU1, but still gets a bit fluttery at high end of rev range. Engine note needs to be improved with a different exhaust. Overall, not a great deal different from the AU1, except the doors, they close with a nice clunk.
Next the TS50 manual. Internally, better quality touches, electric seats, premium sound etc. With regard to the engines, they both have the same power, though the TS was a lot rougher sounding, the dealer said that this was due to the aluminium heads on the TS, can anyone confirm this?. I had no problems spinning the back wheels, I’m not sure if the TS has more torque. Despite all the fancy bits, the TS felt sportier than the TE. The TS handling felt noticeably better, I have heard some complain that the ride was a lot rougher, it didn’t feel too bad to me, I could live with it. Comparing the two, I didn’t think the TS was $20,000 better than the TE. The only thing you can’t upgrade are the driving lights and body kit. The engines are more or less the same and I believe the suspension can be upgraded to match the handling. So IMO, if I could afford the $80k for a TS, I would buy the TE and use the money I’d save doing nasty things to the engine and other parts.
PS. He’s expecting a Mustang soon and he will give me a call when it arrives, teehee!