In a blue Galaxy
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geelong, Victoria
AUIII TS50 vs BA GT-P
Only really want Opinions from poeple who have driven or owned BOTH of these cars. I have driven a few GT's and so on, but never the TS50. I have driven an AUIII XR8 Auto but not for the prolonged period of time like they many fine GT examples I have driven. So I really have no expereicne on how good the AU Double Wishbone IRS is.
I want to know from the guys who own/drive both these cars which is the better ultimate grand tourer sports sedan. I would say for manual only because it's obvious the BA Auto would be better. And for a comparison like this Manual should only be compared.
Statistically they are pretty even. Both have the same brakes (well Brembos were optional on the TS50), Same gearbox, same size wheels, very similar front suspension. Rear suspension is different, Engine is different. While the GT-P weighs around 100kg more, it has 40 (rated) flywheel kw more power and 20nm more torque so the power/weight ratio is also pretty even.
That being said, you would presume they would be also very close on a 400 metre sprint. Havn't seen any live runs of any of these cars, but basing times on what I have read in magazines and heard from owners, both these cars in both manual and auto are good for high 5's 0-100km and high 13's for a 400 metre dash.
I have sat in a T-series but thats about it. Although I love the interior, it still has nothing on the GT-P. I find that the GT-P's seats have so much more lateral support, and the gearstick has a shorter throw (nothing a Herrod short throw kit wouldn't fix).
Looks? Now that is subjective too. I prefer the GT-P just becasue I beleive it was a much better looking base to start with. But not to be outdone, the TS50 has done a fantastic job to turn a relatively ugly AU into a tough modern grand touring sedan, and also the best looking AU by far (although AUIII XR's with the racing bodykit and Pursuit utes are also nice).
I am hoping to get out of this thread the following :-
Whcih car is better in a drag (take off, rolling start).
Which car likes the twisties better.
Which standard up to the rigours of hard braking.
Which turns the most heads.
Which car feels better to drive and is more confidence inspiring.
Which car you would generally rather own (only if you have driven both).
Yes I know I ask alot. But I really think these are two very evenly matched vehicles with thier vastly different engines and rear suspension, and both showcase the best Ford and Tickford/FPV have to offer.
1999 AU XR8
14.594 @ 94.40mph
152.2RWKW (APS dyno)
Switchable Shift Kit, K&N panel filter, Lukey straight thru mufflers, momo gear and steer,
DBA slotted rotors/Bendix ultimate pads (front), Pioneer MP3 head unit and BA XR carpet mats.
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