Originally Posted by NAROOMAXR8
I was hoping to get some feedback on the driving characteristics. For example:
Is the GT that much more oversteery?
Is the GT limited slip diff any different?
Is the GT easier to get sideways?
Is the GT much louder?
Is the GT much harder in ride quality?
Is the GT much worst in fuel consumption?
Does the GT pull and handle so much better that the above don't matter?
I own a Mk1 GT-P but it has the same suspension and engine and a GT.
I have driven several Mk1 XR8s, mostly manuals and all with 17" wheels.
GT-P has a lot more go, particually above 3000rpm
It will outbrake a standard XR8 severly (I have never driven a XR8 with prem brakes)
The suspension is a bit harder and it handles significatly better.
It is a little bit louder and a LOT sweeter.
It is FAR more stable at high speed 180km/h ++ (I have only been 200km/h in a XR8, 250 in the GT-P)
Diff is the same but the Mk1 GT is 3.46 and the XR8 is 3.23 (Mk2 is 3.46)
Turn off the traction control and act like a ricer and you will be in a world of hurt. The GT is not a toy for new players. Throw it sideways without the skill to control it and when it bites the torque will throw you off the road. (just ask the dickhead who pranged the red one on the MOTOR drive day)
Try one of each, make your own decission. There are plenty of demos at dealers all over the country.