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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-06-03, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys.

I'm new to the forum and have been getting heaps of info from the various threads on all sorts of issues. A great & informative site!

My current ride is an ED XR6 auto, and I'm now looking forward to upgrading. In short, Ford dealers seem willing to offer me a fleet discount on the XR8, but are giving nothing away for the XR6 Turbo. This means that I can get either car for practically the same price.

Is there a general consensus that the 8 would be a slightly better buy for the same price as the Turbo? I love the sound of the V8, and as I tend to hang onto my cars for a few years, reliability comes into the equation too. Then again, the V8 has copped a caning for being nose-heavy through the twisty bits. Is it really that bad, and would a few hundred $ for a set of heavier Herrod front springs fix this problem???

Any feedback would be appreciated.
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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

If you are getting them both at the same price, i'd go the XR8... Especially if reliability is an issue. You never know how the turbo will stand up after a few years.

Then again I reckon the weight difference between the two is definitely noticeable. Such a hard decision! :O
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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

Have a look here mate might get a few more thoughts. BA XR8 or XR6T? which to buy??

Personally go the XR8.
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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

Oh boy are you going to get some replies to this one...

IMHO If you want to modify the car cheaply and be a drag strip king the the 6T is the go, if not the XR8 looks better, sounds better, has better torque charateristics and better gearbox (if manual).
As far as handling, well that is a bit subjective, lots of journos have thier own ideas on what a car should be. In next years PCOTY I am sure the XR8 and GT will get a run. See how that stack up the 6T run from last year.

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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

Which to buy? That's easy. Test drive them both and make your mind up after that!

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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

If they are costing you the same I'd go the 8 without a second thought
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Definately the 8. Looks better, sounds better and kills the turbo in low down torque. Turbos seem to need 2500rpm before they start moving.
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Re: What to buy: XR6T or XR8???

Simple its all about the bulge go the xr8.
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Get the GT!!!

As for XR8 vs Turbo, I left one with broken ego at lights few days ago,auto vs auto. Nothing beats a 5.4 from idle start.

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I had to make the XR8 and XR6t decision last Saturday. I had driven both at release (both manuals) and was unimpressed with the gear shift in the turbo and underwhelmed with the turbo performance feel - for me.

After reading all the Motor and Wheels tests since release - assuming that these motoring writers know more than I - its clear (to me) that the XR6t is the better value for your "performance" dollar, probably the better resale proposition and the better handling car.

I then drove last Saturday an auto XR8 then a manual turbo, back to back. The shift in the manual turbo seemed as least usable this time - far better than my initial recollection at release and the performance well - wow how could anyone not love it.

BUT after driving the 8 again albeit an auto this time, I ordered the 8. I wouldn't have altered my decision but I can also have my 8 built a lot quicker than a turbo and besides - I might have the turbo next time. The car is to be the family hack so a GT was extra silly money for our household budget and I would worry too much when parking it.

I suspect more baby boomers will go the 8 and generation X's the turbo. I'm the former. Its a generation thing and the bulge and the 8 grunt rather than the turbo rush. It has been stated many times on these forums, horses for courses.

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