Been looking in to the Crystal Ball today at work.....
(Been checking out the US online mag Car and driver)
And this is what I can deduce,
It aint easy to find direct comparisons for the XR vs SS war but I would say the Corvette vs Mustang GT gives a good idea what we will get.
Corvette 2005 (SS)
What it got 6.0L 400hp (298kw) 400lp/f(542nm)
Six speed manual
4 speed auto
3 suspension types (unlikely for SS)
Mustang (2005) (XR)
standard 4.0L 202hp (150.49) 235lb/f (318.6nm) 2 valves
GT 4.6L 300hp (223kw) 315lb/f (427nm) SOHC VCT 3 valves
SVT 4.6L supercharged 390+++ HP SOHC VCT (got to beat a M3 easily)
5 speed manual
5 speed Auto
Things to get from all this.
1. If (probably when) the SS gets the 6L lump it will be stuck with the 4 speed auto a big plus for the ford camp but it will now have the adaptive shift like we do.
2. The BOSS may get VCT as well??
3. Supercharging looks to be the Ford way for the top of the line look at the list
SVT COBRA 4.6 Supercharged
SVT Lightning 5.4 Supercharged
The Pace car for a whole company 5.4 Supercharged
--> FORD GTHO --> Dont take no genius.......
4. Last point is it me or does Ford Australia have to send the Barra to the US in a hurry or what?