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Old 07-09-2003, 01:25   #1 (permalink)
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Well i just drove the new XR8 for the first time, and i must say i was a bit dissapointed. It had heaps of power and torque, and handled magnificnetly, but i though it was a bit to twitchy to drive around town. I didn't get a chance to drive it on the highway, but i did drive it around town for a while, and found that the traction control could use a bit more calibration, not that i flogged the sh*t out it, but it did get a little tail happy on a few different occasion.

I have driven XR6 turbo and NA, and i though the turbo was much better, although very lasy off the line.

What does everybody else think about this model car.
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Was it a ute by any chance?
I had a loaner XT ute and I was very disappointed with the loose back end..... Not sure what the XR utes are like though.
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I have a view that the BA XR8 ute doesn't feel as though it going as hard as it actually is. The smoother quicker revving donk (compared to AU XR8) get the job done with much less fuss, as well as quicker. I have some benchmark distances that I have compared the old and new and I believe the new one to be 20 to 30 kph quicker at each point than the old. Don't mean to confuse the issues against or for the XR6T, I just feel the 8 goes better than it first seems.

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You will find the BA XR8 will break traction much easier, because of the extra weight AND the extra torque of the Boss. Poor old rear tyres (even the optional 245ZR18s) are caught in the middle of these two brutes, and gives up the ghost much earlier than, say, an AU XR8, whether under cornering loads or in a straight line...
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And ain't that a terrible terrible shame.

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Was it a ute by any chance?
I had a loaner XT ute and I was very disappointed with the loose back end..... Not sure what the XR utes are like though.
No it wans not a ute, it was a sedan, but i will think twice now before i get into a XR8 ute. I actually found out last night that a friend of the misses has just bought a GT Ute, and i can take it for a run if i like. Think i will fill the tray up with concrete before i go.

As for the comparrison between XR and XT, they have totally different suspension, i think, therefore having a totally different feel.

If i had the money, i think i would like an XR8 ( Cause the bonnet buldge is cool) but have the XT 220KW V8 instead. I think this would be a nice smooth combo that does not need you to have 20 sets of eyes in your head so you can look out the side of the car every time you accelerate.

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I actually found out last night that a friend of the misses has just bought a GT Ute,
Haven't heard anybody actually call it that yet, but now it's been said. Careful now, we don't want to devalue the GT.
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Madder its a 2 door GT LOL
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greetings all
does that mean that i have a GT ute with a eske on the back........rofpml.....pissed again

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