I got December MOTOR this morning. And yes, the times posted were correct, the real ones that is. Here they are for the F6 and the GT.
The comments were generally good re the F6 in the article although they did comment on having trouble doing burnouts in it because of the clutch:
"Less happy is the Typhoons twin plate clutch, which is obviously strong and takes up smoothly and predictably but offers sod-all feel in the process. The friction point is hard to judge in Blundstones, even through the metal pedal pads. But there's so much grunt, even at low revs, so stalling the thing isnt really too likely. This was brought home during a photo session, which, in the time honoured MOTOR tradition, required a burnout.
Basicall I ballsed it up; stepping off the clutch with nowhere near enough revs on board. In just about anything else, the thing would have bogged and stalled but the Typhoon's clutch held and the motor hung on grimly, grunted me back from the abyss, built some boost and then flung the tacho needle into the limiter before I could even think about grabbing second."
They basically say its smooth and quiet and are reasonably impressed I think.
Interesting comment when comparing the XR6T:
"Compared with an XR6T, its faster, yes. But perkier? No, not really."
Anyways, as you can see from the times above, it seems that 0-100, the F6 beats the GT across the board although the GT does catch up. It seems that right to the full 400m length, it the GT does reel in the F6 and in fact beat it. I guess the GT was always gonna do that given that the KW difference between the two becomes an issue only towards the higher revs/end of the quarter... and this is where the GT has its strength I guess.
What it means for ME though, is off the traffic lights, I will probably beat a GT in an F6, off the line and to 100kmh. But on the drag strip, perhaps not, as the lack if higher end power and the drop off of torque may be its undoing....
I also wonder about the differences in times between using the correvit and the times at the strip. From what I know there is a few tenths difference in favour of the drags, on account of the car being moving when timing begins, whereas the correvit measures time from the instant the car moves.... So would we be expecting mid to high 13s from the F6 at the drags???
Also I wonder how MOTOR test them? Is it not correct that MOTOR test with a driver AND a passenger and half a tank of fuel? And this is not the case on the strip???
I also wonder about the running in of the F6 - I know that the Ford I6s do take a long time to run in, say 5000km + before it is free revving... and is it correct that the 6s are more prone to a longer run in time than the V8s? So would we expect better times from MOTOR tests in a few months, even when compared to the GT???
Anyways, just my thoughts....
I'm still gonna buy one. It's screaming out for mods IMO!