BAII XR6T Driver!
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sydney, Australia
BA XR6 Impressions - Long
Well unlike a few unlucky people on this forum the new red BA XR6 was delivered yesterday, not a day later than the original date that was given by the dealer! and boy was it worth the one month wait.
The differences coming from an AUII XR6 are incredible, its one hell of a facelift. Well the best place to start is with the motor. Basically its, as the reports say, a gem. It has only done about 100 kays and already it feels much sharper than the XR6 VCT. I haven't taken it above about 4000rpm yet. However it has much more punch through the low to mid-range than the old VCT ever had. Like most people I was expecting the car to feel perhaps a little slower off the line than the AU and then to build however this is not the case. I don't know how much of an effect the fly-by-wire throttle system has, but off the line it feels a lot quicker and it simply piles on the revs in a furiously smooth manor.
While it is still to early to tell how fast this car is in comparison to the old XR6 VCT, my gut feeling is that it will be quite a bit sharper. It really does appear to get out of the box quicker and I can only imagine how sharp an XR6T must feel – let alone ‘the Boss’.
The gearbox also feels different to the old XR6, which is mainly due to its new location. It is now closer to the driver and because of this it feels more natural. The clutch is totally different. Indeed I was quite shocked the first time I drove it. It is much, much lighter than the clutch on the AU and it certainly makes the car feel more user-friendly. The other issue I was worried about with the manual, before driving the car, was the lack of a driver’s footrest. However it is not a problem, indeed the first time I drove the car I didn’t even realise there wasn’t one. The driver’s foot well is on an angle and subsequently you rest your foot on the floor as if it was the footrest. It actually works quite well.
Personally the jury is still out on the new steering. The new steering wheel itself is great and feels much smaller. The cruise control and radio buttons also work well and feel more integrated than on the AU wheel. However the steering is heavier than the AU and this is quite noticeable at low speeds. It also seems to offer less feedback at lower speeds as well, however on a nice piece of road it feels just as good as the old model so ultimately the steering isn’t a problem.
I was also getting quite worried about the build quality after hearing a few ‘horror’ stories on here about poor fit and finish however to me this particular car seem pretty good. Sure the plastics and the ‘touchy feely stuff’ is not VW – Audi quality, but it is certainly a massive improvement over the past model and the whole cabin feels a much nicer place to be.
Overall I am very, very impressed, even after all the hype. It is one hell of an effort from Ford and this car deserves to be successful. To anyone who is on the waiting list for a new falcon and is frustrated, be patient because in my opinion it is well worth the wait.
Also will post some decent pics in the showroom over the next few days. For now though here is a nice small one.
BAII XR6T, Lightning Strike, M6, Sports Steering Wheel, 18" Wheels.
"Anyone can drive in a Straight line"