Turbos: The New V8?
With the introduction of the XR6T, Ford seems to have opened up a whole new segment for the Australian car industry. Where 5-10 years ago everyone's dream was a big V8 such as what is found in the T Series or XR8, it seems now more and more are turning towards the option of Turbos to give the V8's a run for their money.
So, this raises a few points. Now that turbos are becoming increasingly common, can we expect to see them on cars like Fairmont Ghias or Calais' at some stage? Should they be there, or should they be more sports orientated models?
And what about insurance? For years now, a turbo has been the underbonnet equivalent of a direct line from the insurance company to your wallet. Now that they're being found under more bonnets, can we expect to see insurance premiums for Turbo owners go down, or will they go up because more of them are on the road?
We're now also seeing after market tuning houses like APS and CAPA really come into their element. Whereas before you might have been lucky to see a CAPA car at a car show, it's now very possible that the XR6T that just passed you has a Phase 2/3 kit on it. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?
And of course, what happens with the high-end performance sector such as FPV and HSV? Do we still expect to see them using large V8's, or do we want Turbos to start appearing on 6's under the bonnet of HSV's and FPV's? The introduction of the Typhoon will no doubt prove interesting - not just for the vehicle itself, but moreso to see how other manufacturers react and believe the market is moving toward.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
2002 Focus CL Hatch
too slow..............for now