How about a review of a stock XR8??!!
Guys this is beginning to grate. Picked up the latest Motor magazine and there is the XR8 review again, and yet again you would be forgiven for thinking that the XR8 comes with 18" wheels and dead cow interior.
I've been reading all the reviews of the BA XR8 since it was released and you would be forgiven for thinking that Ford put leather and 18" wheels on all their XR8's. Am I the only one who made an order and found these were extra cost options or did everyone else get them chucked in for free by Ford?
I mean no one as far as I am aware, has done a review of a stock factory standard XR8 without any options, much less compared such a car to an equally stock stock standard SS Commodore or whatever. Sure a lot of guys go the 18" wheel option - but a lot don't as well. So why is it so hard for Ford to supply what they make as standard for review?
Do the XR8's really handle so badly on 17" wheels that Ford doesnt want a reviewer going near one, much less driving one? And why dont these same reviewers ever ask after a standard model like the punter gets?
I dont expect it will handle quite as well as an 18" optioned XR8, nor the interior feel quite as up market without the leather, but just for once it would be nice to read a review of an XR8 as Henry Ford builds it. No extras, no options, just the plain old standard XR8 or whatever. Not all of us have a huge bottomless pit of money to tick all the options on the list, so we can get something like what the reviewers write about.
Ok rant over. Just wanted to know if I was alone in being annoyed by this. How hard can it be for the reviewers to insist on at least a set of 17" rims and tyres for the review car - even as a spare set.