Very happy GT-P owner
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
My new BF GT-P is on the road (first impressions)
Finally picked up my rapid BF GT-P, 6 speed manual from McAlister Motors in Young NSW on the 16th Dec 05.
Been away so this is the first opportunity to tell you my first impressions.
Having done 4500km now, the car is just starting to settle and free up.
Very quiet at idle, but getting louder all the time when the noise pedal is pressed, and has a very very pleasant rumble in the background when cruising at speed.
The 6 speed manual is superb, I know the 6 speed auto is supposed to be the ducks guts, but for us manual-o-files out there, this gearbox beats them all. Ive had the short shifter fitted and wow, racing changes are the best, very short very precise, and the ratios are magnificent, accleration in 6th is eye brow raising. I love the whole package.
On the trip to Adelaide and back to Wagga over christmas clocking up 2886 km, returned a fuel consumption of 10.5L/100km, compared to my BA XR8 this is magnificent, very happy.
The Brembos are divine, absolutely no worries about stopping quickly, and they look great.
As far as I know over the christmas period there werent many BF GT/GT-Ps released and the interest in the car was overwhelming, most of the FPV dealers in Adelaide were still waiting for their cars, so we were getting stopped all the time for people to look at. And the thumbs up from people were everywhere. Even had people taking photos with their phones.
The interior is great, the leather seats are excellent, feels like sitting in a lounge room chair and my wife who never sleeps in the car, snored all the way to Adelaide. The satnav is excellent, there are a few areas that could be improved but over all a great addition.
The only gripe I have is a rattle around the drivers door area, I think its from the sunroof bits and pieces, but this will get sorted.
So over all I am very very happy with the GT-P, the drivability, and the audible and visable impact is great. Those out there who question the need for a GT-P, obviously havent driven one of these beasts for any distance, the GT-P seats arent in the GT so that is one very good reason for a GT-P.
Apparently not as fast as the F6s but who cares, I love my V8 GT-P.
Im a happy man.
2005 Rapid BF GT-P
Interstate Member - FPV&XR Car Club SA