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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-22-04, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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XR6t or XR8

G`day I new here
I`m after some opinions on the which is the better car to drive day to day the XR6t or the XR8.
Reason is I`m looking at a new one for the wife. we driven both & really can not decid on which one. i`ve read ALL the mags about the turbo being so great ( much better car to drive, faster,better handling then the XR8. smashs the holdens in overall drive & comfort. ) all the stuff, But these mags seam to be just flogging the day lights out of them. Not day to day driving.
I drove a turbo a few weeks ago & really did not find it that flash. no power down low,( stop in the middle of the road & sunk the shoe & it just drove off
with not so much as a churp), really had to nail it to get it going, the suspenion felt floaty. now it might just be me thinking it was going to be a bit of supercar our something. after reading all the good stuff about them. I don`t know, this is why I`m here
I drove a XR8 today I found it pretty good car. Good power down low nice & torquee, no suspenion float. real nice car to drove but a another V8 to run.
See my cars a V8 so yeah fuel & insurance, blah, blah.
So what i`m after is you guys who have one of these cars or driven both for your opinions on them.
I don`t want to turn it in to a V8 vs Turbo punch on just trying to make it easyer choice of me and hear what you guys think of the cars.see I have always had holdens but I`m well & truely over them. most rudest customer service going around & build quality in there butt. never again after 20 years of them.
Sorry for the long start. but I Really am interested.
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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.

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Re: XR6t or XR8

Unless you use the cars for racing ( drag or circuit ) there is nothing in it and really, it's a personal choice basedon what you like.
I have a XR8 and love it
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Re: XR6t or XR8

Personally, I would pick the XR8. I'm a bit of a V8 junky though, so its a bit of a biased opinion. Not to say the XR6 Turbo isn't an excellent car, I just love the sound and the superior torque that V8s deliver.

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Re: XR6t or XR8

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Personally, I would pick the XR8. I'm a bit of a V8 junky though, so its a bit of a biased opinion. Not to say the XR6 Turbo isn't an excellent car, I just love the sound and the superior torque that V8s deliver.
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Re: XR6t or XR8

ahhh before we all go quoting the magic numbers of torque and kW, lets remember not everyone wants to be able to get to the shops and back in 10 sec. flat. There's a bit more to owning either of these cars than just the brag rights.

If speed and torque is not much of an issue, then why not look at a Fairmont/Ghia? You're looking at about the same money, but less to insure and a bloody nice interior. And they go when they want to as well. And if you really want a V8 you can get one in them.

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Re: XR6t or XR8

Its interesting you mention the XR6 having no torque down low. When i drove one, i couldn't beleive how much torque it HAD!! It pulled so hard in 4th at 80kmh and even 5th! It is awesome!

But the XR8 still feels just as good, I went the six because the eight was more money for less car IMO.

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Re: XR6t or XR8

its a really tough choice actually (unless youre set on having a V8)

the two cars are so evenly matched in stock form. If youre going to do some mods, go the turbo - they have simply awesome potential, and on a reasonable budget too.

i would probably go the XR8 myself because id rather have the V8, but its a much tougher choice now than it has been, the turbo is sooooo tempting!

goodluck with whatever you get!



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Re: XR6t or XR8

I have nothing againt's the T but I think when talking stock form the V8 is the better choice in the long run, I personally like to give my vehicle's a good drive every now and then and I wouldn't trust the T in reliabilty down the track, after the warenty has expired,I just think the V8 will be more reliable down the track againt's the T especially in the driveline.

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Re: XR6t or XR8

Yeah I agree the Turbo is so tempting indeed. When I get a new car (which won't be for a long time) I would struggle to choose between the two. The XR6 Turbo, as I have said many times now, is the only car that would get me into something that didn't have a V8.

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