BA vs VZ: I down few to go and BAmk2 is yet to arrive!
In the first of many comparisons, BA Falcon has claimed the first victory in the traditional
Commodore vs. Falcon tussle.
In the "Drive" section of Thursday's Age, David Morley compares a BA Falcon XT to a VZ
Commodore Executive and Falcon walks away with the laurels.
Proving that the VZ really is the catch-up Commodore, Drive makes the following
"With an all-new V6 engine one of the VZ's main selling points, we are somewhat
disappointed in the powerplant. High-tech though it is on paper, in actual use it's not the
great leap forward many have been hoping for."
"…. it doesn't feel like a dramatic improvement over the Buick-derived pushrod V6 that was
fitted to Commodores from 1988."
"…. rev it hard and it loses some of its composure. It revs freely enough but with a fair
degree of unpleasant noise and vibration. The Falcon's inline six cylinder has zinginess to it
that the Commodore's V6 simply can't match, and there's real refinement across the Ford's
"In contrast, the Holden's transmission is still a let-down, despite plenty of work being put
into the carryover four-speed. But it can still be caught hunting for a gear and the quality of
the downshifts is poor. It also lacks the Ford's manual-shift plane and is best left out of
"Power" mode, where it's even less likely to pick an appropriate ratio or hold it when it
"…. in Executive trim the interior feels slightly spartan and plasticky. The door trims don't
feel right and the dashboard instruments look fairly nasty."
Drive's conclusion to this comparison:
"…. long after the slightly better finish has worn off, the Falcon's superior ergonomics and
more cohesive driveline will still be impressing and, for that reason, we've given it the nod."
The best part of this victory, is that it was achieved by a BA Falcon. The story only gets
better with BA MkII Falcon!
BA XR6 Turbo Ute: Citric Acid SSS With Leather, Prestige sound and Sports Steering Wheel.