Well, I've finally caught up with a lot of you. A month or so ago, I started putting out feelers with dealers here in Perth to get a test drive of an XR6T, with a view to changing up.
I got 2 calls back recently and went to 1st base yesterday afternoon
This one was a phantom auto, with 18's (like them!), premium sound, satnav & leather. My observations? First the negatives:
The leather's still, IMO, average. Not sure why it seems a lot like vinyl, after seeing photos of the Herrods leather, it just doesn't seem to cut it.
The handbrake is so plasticky! Sheez, add some meat to it, will ya?
I don't like the standard steering wheel, you get used to it, but the aesthetics aren't up with the one I have now. Will need to check out the sports and momo wheels.
I could only take it around a 'big block' (Newcastle, Beaufort, Walcott, William, Newcastle), as it was a floor car and already had 145km on the clock, plus the fact that there was only 26km of fuel in the tank! (18km, by the time I'd finished)
That's it. Now, on to the best bit:
it! I was especially impressed with the gearbox. Having a manual now, I was a bit unsure how I'd like going back to the auto, but you truly do get the best of both worlds. Ummm, to backtrack... The power is cool, this was my first turbo, so it was a bit difficult for me to detect the difference between turbo and gear changes (sounds stupid, but that's what I felt at the time). It is SO smooth at changes, especially on down-shifts (I had an EL auto before my XR6) and always seems to be in the right gear.
I didn't play with the Tiptronic for a while, but when I had, I couldn't get enough of it! (Hehe). You know how sometimes in an auto, you're in slightly too high a gear when slowing down to be comfortable, well, just give it a quick flick to change down another gear.
I tried a couple of quick takeoffs at lights (not easy in the CBD, at 4:15pm, with the low fuel warning light on), without the tiptronic (is that the official name for it in the BA?) and with. The difference was beautiful. I want to do that again! (Funny,it was just like the buzz from skydiving and from being in the cockpit of a 747 landing at Singapore at night - a huge buzz, with time accellerating and going too quick. At the end, you say "Lets do that again!!!)
The car they had was an order that was cancelled, the guy got transferred overseas and they think they'll have to make it a demo as it's on the books at $63k and with the 145km, it will be a bit hard to shift. I'm going to ask them to let me know the day they do, so that I can have a better play and go on the freeway!
Anyway, I'm lined up with another dealer to have a drive of a manual this afternoon / evening. Bring it on!
Ford, Geoff, David and all the guys and girls involved, I am impressed!
Now I just have to do the sums to do a $56+ upgrade
Anyway, sorry to impose another "My XR6T drive" on you, but someone may be interested!