Originally Posted by Fats
yeah an XR8 would be great, even if the sound was the only improvment, but fuel consumption is an issue (just loan repayments will stretch me), as well as rego.
Speaking of fuel, what sort of consumption would expect from an XR6 (VCT or not).
Also, this might be a dumb question, but what does HP stand for?
The HP is for High Performance because the XR6 HP engine had a bit more power then the standard 6.
Standard AU 157kw
AU XR6 HP 164kw
AU XR6 VCT 172kw
BA DOHC VCT 182kw
I drove an Auto AUI XR6 VCT with 60000kms before I bought my BA and this thing was like new etc. But it felt slow, I expected it to be faster them my old EL but it did not feel much faster. It was a lot nicer to drive then the EL and the engine felt a lot more refined.
On the other hand the BA feels a lot faster and stronger then the AU, because it is. The BA has a lot of bottom end punch and just goes from word go. And it feels nothing like an AU, it is a much nicer car to drive.
I get about 550 to 600km out of a tank of ULP. But it all depends on how you drive it and if or not you do a lot of city driving. I do about 70/30 highway/city. On the other hand I know some people who only get 400-500kms out of a tank. It all depends on how you drive and where you drive.
My money would be on the BA. You should be able to get a nice one for under $20k. A nice clean 03 Futura if you look hard enough!
I would not worry much about "XR6" suspension, if you want it to look better then just change the springs and they are cheap to do. Can get all new Super Low springs from under $500 fitted, this will make it look better and handle better too. And a nice set of 18's and you will be set.