V8 Newbie : XR8 vs SS
Heya, I'm new and naieve to aussie V8's. I currently have a Alfa GTV Coupe, but with kiddies on the agenda, my next car needs to be something a bit more practical. My back could also do with a break ;p
Anyways, was originally looking at a SS, cause they do look horny and has a more modern motor etc etc. However, after reading the motor XR8 vs SS article I figured I had to give the XR8 a go... my reaction being. So I went for a test drive in a Auto;
XR8 trim is MUCH nicer and more tastefull than the holden "I spewed on my seat" trim
XR8 steering wheel is MUCH sportier than the holden fat bulbous piece of crap. (I mean, my alfa has a drivers air bag in the wheel and it doesnt have to look like that)
XR8 ride was better and more sporty
SS still looked better than the XR8, which still looked very high of the ground, but the new rebel cures that ;p
The only thing thats still a bit of a problem is the SS has a 6-speed. I really like having a uber-long 6th gear for highway driving. Also, the SS has better fuel economy than the XR8 it would appear & the SS doesnt have to have premium fuel (not a real biggie except when in the bush)
So if you guys could tell me;
1. What fuel economy you get with the XR8
2. What revs it sits at in 5th gear at 100 k's
3. What the premium sound system is like
4. If there is a good exhaust that can make it a bit noiser under throttle, but still quiet when cruising.
5. Are the manuals much faster than the auto's ?
then I'd appreciate it.