I test drove a BA XT 5.4 Manual
Ok I had driven the XR8 manual before, and plenty Gen 3s, Windsors, Holden 5 liters, and other stuff... I was pretty desperate to drive the 220kw version of the 5.4 I have also driven the 182kw
I LOVED IT!!! which i found amazing, cos it doesnt look or feel sporty, but you can definately feel muscle. I had the dealer enjoying himself, and another customer asked if he could come too, and when i tried to pull out on to the main road, the car barely moved while the rear rubber turned to smoke. You can plonk the smooth-shifting 5 speed in any gear and she will get up and go. I LOVED how it wound up in 2nd!
The roar of the Barra 220 is good enough for me, and sports exhaust would make it even nicer. I hope i have given a good enough description here for anyone who cares.
This was also fitted with the alloys, rear spoiler, and not sure if it was lowered. It didnt look silly, so it probably was.
Worthy contender for the SV8? Well i havent driven that, but I would assume it is.