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Further to the quoted comments above:
The point made about the price differential between XR6T / XR8 in the utes is a well made one. The disparity there is a mere $1250 ($40,925 XR8 Ute and $39,675 XT6T Ute) whereas the difference in the sedans is $5,490 ($50,130 and $44,640). That's probably a reasonable price differential in the Utes and one which wouldn't raise too much aggro from the enthusiasts.
The difference in the sedans points to one of three possibilities as I've said before.
1. The sedan buyer is being ripped of with the XR8.
2. The Ute buyer is getting ripped off with the XR6T.
3. The XR8 Ute is being subsidised.
A little closer look at ute pricing might help to clarify (all prices are based on autos with air for direct comparison):
The base Ute is $ 29,620
The XLS Ute is $ 32,550
The XR6 Ute is $35,125
The XR6T Ute is $40,595
The XR8 Ute is $41,845
Thus the premium between steps is:
$2,930; $2,575; $5,470 and $ 1,250.
The base XT is $ 34,660 or $ 5,040 above the Ute
The Futura is $ 37,865 or $ 5,315 above the Ute
The XR6 is $ 39,075 or $ 3,950 above the Ute
The XR6T is $ 45,560 or $ 4,965 above the Ute
The XR8 is $ 51,050 or $ 9,205 above the ute.
Thus the steps are: $3,205; $1,210; $6,485 and $5,490.
This would tend to support the view that the XR8 sedan is being loaded (by about $4k) whilst the XR8 Ute is receiving some subisdy (by a similar amount) and the XR6T sedan is attracting a small premium as well.
Now that the facts are out of the way let's speculate for a moment.
Were there to be an FPV version of the XR6T (let's call it the FPV6-T for want of a more imaginitive name) it would undoubtedly offer a tad more power than the cooking version but presumably less than big brother GT - say 270 kw. This would obviously take the role of an entry level vehicle to the FPV range and thus be priced below the base GT. Let's assume it would inherit the Tremec gearbox and the GT body kit (or part therof) and reached the market at say $55k in round numbers - which represents a similar uplift over the base XR6T as the GT is over an XR8.
It would weigh some 170-180 Kg less than the XR8 and even more of the GT duo and thus it is reasonable to guess at performance in the mid 5's and just above mid 13's.
Would that meet my stated criteria for vehicle parity pricing??
(It's a rhetorical question - no need to answer).