Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: XR6t or XR8
Hello Andrew66 and welcome to the forums (and away from the Dark Side).
I own an XR8 and am very happy with the car. I have almost 40,000kms in just over a year. Brilliant car.
With your questions regarding what is better, its how you will use it. Are you looking at the Auto or manual?! The XR8 is thirsty and no matter how much you baby it, the XR6T being a 6 will always give you slightly better fuel economy (I would imagine). I get roughly 17 litres per 100kms in daily commuting (which is respectable for a V8). Dont know how much exactly better the XR6T would be, but I'd imagine it to be slightly better (and if you work the turbo to your advantage, you might save somemore fuel). One advantage is that you can (not recommended) run the XR8 on regular unleaded and with petrol pushing over a dollar a litre, you might want to factor that in as the XR6T (to the best of my knowledge) runs only on PULP.
Cant really say much more on daily driving basis though. Everything is pretty straight forward. 8 cylinders will use a bit more fuel. The 8 is slightly slower than the 6T though you'd never notice it on daily driving. Services are every 15,000kms and cost around $220 (though I get mine done every 7500kms). Dont know how long the tyres last, changed them a week after I got the car. Only thing with the XR8 you'll have to get used to is the gearbox that makes a strange noise on idle and at low RPM. Its characteristic of the T3650 box. Option the premium brakes on either car, well worth it.
Though all my logic did and still does point to the XR6T being a "better" car for my usage, I love my V8's and that was my reason for the XR8!! I've tried to be as objective as possible.
Hope I'm of some help.
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