T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
BAII XR8 (A Sharpen up more than an overhaul)
Maybe you're an enthusiast, a loyalist or a fanatic who when reading the old battle stouch between the falcon XR8 and SS commodore desperatly wants the outcome to go one way or the other. I know i do.
It seems these 2 unique sedans in the world are so similar in terms of size, power and value for money yet it creates an intense rivelry known to man kind. For years both brands have traded punch for punch and year after year we ask for more out of these cars.
In fact one can argue that the whole Ford Vs Holden rivelry (in todays era anyway) stages to these 2 sports sedans.
The current BA XR8's potential has been slightly blunted by it's own sister the XR6-T. At $6k less it's not only faster, but lighter to boot. Comparing with the VYII SS, the fact remains that the XR8 is slower in a straight line in comparison. Lets face it, performance sells with a capital P in this category.
Proven on the track the SS is also quicker in the lap times. However the refinement on daily driving, bottom end punch, gearbox quality and interior appointments definitly goes the XR8's way. As a potential buyer and Ford nut i present my would likes for the BAII XR8. These so called "would likes" i beleive would be realistic in terms of development costs and would place the XR8 in a more solid position. As the title says it's a sharpen up more than an overhaul.
1. With a weight disadvantage i would like to see a 3.45:1 diff over the current 3.23:1 in the manual. (Remember what was part of the transformation of the EL2XR8 from the previous models)
2. Engine update of around 265-270kw.
3. 18inch Wheels standard (If Holden can offer it in the SS why not Ford)
4. Climate control included with the leather interior option
5. Revised suspension tuning and bring back the sharp handling in favour of the plush ride. Firmer front springs would be a good start. Sort out the inherit corner lean, not a welcome feeling in this sort of category.
Pretty much points 2 and 5 will require additional R&D costs, however the rest is really a reshuffle of the options list. I'm sure Ford will gain more wallets of the people, especially those who are on the fence of choosing an SS.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
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