Originally Posted by WBT56
3.23 was to make first gear bearable. If you run a manual HSV with a 3.73, You need to run a 2.93 diff in the XR8 to have as tall a first gear. The situation improves later in the box, but people don't buy XR8 to tow start trucks with.
Even with a 3.23, I find 1st too low (GT drivers: I would've thought 3.46 must be even worse - how is it?), and gap to 2nd too big. At the other end of the scale, 5th is waaaaay up there, only useful for highway cruising (but I guess that's what it's meant for, considering there is no sixth). Ford needs to look at a close-ratio six-speeder.
I think this just serves to highlight the brilliance of the BOSS, since the thing kicks arse even with imperfect ratios AND weight... unlike some other V8 ;p