Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: South Australia
Re: BA XR8 Owners
On the strip the XR6T works out to be a tenth or two quicker in low kilometre stock form. On the street there is nothing in it, but it's the XR8 that actually feels quicker IMO due to the torque and sound. It would not surprise me that an XR8 with 10,000 kilometres or more on it would end up the faster weapon than the stock XR6T with the same km's, but we are still talking minor increments here.
The other thing is the 8 comes with a strong and better gearbox if that’s important to you. Having said that, they are both great cars and it will only comes down to personal preference in the end. If you’re not a v8 nut, and you don’t particularly get off on the bulge and the V8 roar then you would be crazy to go past the Turbo.
However I do and I am unfortunately hooked…again!!
In modified form I think the turbo has more potential although it’s early days yet. A CAPA Blown XR8 is one powerful machine and my personal preference due to its sound, perception and durability. However an APS Stage 3 turbo appears to be the faster strip machine at the moment with times in the low 11’s, but you best be prepared for some driveline investment.
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