Why buy a Calais when you can get a Merc E55 AMG?Oh yeh, the price difference, that's why!!
Err, yeh, anyway, a XR6T with luxury pack, rear parking sensors, etc etc is pretty much Ghia price. But its not a Ghia. Its a XR, which is based of a XT. Also all those options are nearly worthless at resale time. So say good by to the extra $10k you paid getting them in.
If your spending $50+k on a turbo, why not get Turbo calais instead for a little more. They are in the same price group. Enjoy your more comfy leather seats, 8 way power, with 3 position memory, centre rear armrest, more than 2 cup holders (for a 5 seating car!), proper interior lighting etc etc etc. You can negoitate on dealer stock, and don't have to wait 8 months for you optioned up XR to be built, if at all, in with the same colour you origionally chose for it. Then you have to pray your dealer actually put in the right options and you don't have anything missing like premium audio which will never be able to be put in outside of the factory, your 8 months of waiting is completely wasted. Also not everyone wants a car in eye searing yellow or pull me over orange.
For the 50k price you can get a fairly newish 2nd hand V8 E series merc. Or a older 540 bmw. They also come with stability programs (XR doesn't), full power seats (XR doesnt), vented discs all round (XR doesn't), and rock solid resale (XR doesn't). They also draw less police attention (XR certainly don't), less boss/fleet manager/wife convincing (XR doesn't), less theft attention (XR don't), decent 5 speed auto (XR doesn't) etc etc..
Why buy any commie without the Gen 3?
Why not just buy the V8 Holden?
-Stability programs (maybe get them with LS2, maybe, could be US based stability systems)
-lack of low down torque
-oil consumption (will it return?)
-the idea of buying a 5.7 or 6.0L engine with high fuel prices
-crappy auto (clunker to the max)
-Its american made.. Why not buy aussie?
-V8 reputation (hey der, me engines got dem pushrods, watch cha me doz a burns out)
-Something diffrent, if the turbo was only avalible on the Calais, that would make it pretty special.
-Some people just perfer six's to eights.. much like some people perfer eights to sixes.
-Some packages would allow a supercharged V6, but not a V8. So some would allow a turbo 6, but not a V8..
Why would anyone buy a XR6T when there is a XR8 with even more power!?
Fairmont Ghia Turbo for much the same reasons. The 5.4L SOHC is a weak engine, revs finish up at ~5000 rpm. 3 Valves per cylinder, single VCT, huge fuel consumption, huged additional weight, doesn't go much harder than the basic six, seconds off the turbo and XR8.. It might as well be a pushrod windsor with AU 220Kw engine spec.If the Falcon ever gets the bosch 8.0 system, the V8's like holden might be the last to get it.
But we know Ford is never ever going to put the Turbo engine into anything except a XR and a FPV. The very idea lables you insane, some sort of sicophant that gets his jollies from cross breeding very animals. It wants to keep the Ghia the stripper model, with nothing special in it, with less technology, less spirit, and anything that may attract more youthful buyers, or buyers from european brands. Bland and barrier are the key words to describe the Ghia. No sir, we certainly can't put that engine into your car! You would no doubt kill yourself, because your so stupid, not to mention undermine our more important XR customers, infact I'm going to call the hospital and have you commited.
If Ghia buyers want something that they don't want to fall asleep in, then they should get themselves a baseball cap, put it on backwards, buy some trendy suburban street wear, and purchase a XR and live with everyone challenging them off the lights and claiming them as suffering a mid-life crisis due to some insecurity. Or simply buy from another brand.. Oh, Calais turbo... Yeh, that sounds nice. Or a turbo audi, or a turbo saab, or a turbo bloody volvo etc etc..