i'm in the very early stages of thinking about a new car and am considering my options..... at the moment i'm tossing up between AUII/AUIII XR6 or a BA/BA MKII Futura, i really like manual but thats not a must my biggest factor is price... still not sure how much i can scrape together. Just wanted to see what the general feeling of either of theses cars is.
PS. i would love a V8 but thats just out of my league because insurance would be way to high because i'm under 25.
Your budget will dictate ultimately what you can afford however assuming the choice was AUIII XR6 and BA I Futura (as MKII's would not be a year old yet) I think you'll find the BA far more refined. It will be quieter, smoother, and more comfortable. The BA I6 is a big leap over all past I6's, just the idle smoothness alone is chalk and cheese. The power advantage of the BA is blunted by the weight gain yet the BA will be slightly faster (auto vs auto) as you can't get a manual Futura. The BA dash (personal thoughts) is a class above past designs and as the a-pillar is the same for both and a major negative for sunvisor clearance both suffer equally. The AUIII XR6 certainly looks the best of the AU range and yet the broad/squared-off rear end of the BA is cleaner and more what the AU should have looked like (imho). I actually can't remember how the handling of an AU XR6 compares but I'd assume it would be considerably more firm then the BA Futura which is set up for ride comfort. (nothing which couldn't be modded easily down the track). The radio head unit of the BA can't be changed so you're limited here over the AU.
I'd favour the BA however I think you'll find the AUIIIXR6 cheaper, it won't be as though you've taken the consolation price as it's still a great car and its looks have aged very well, in fact its probably still ahead of it time today (if that makes sense).
"The TE50 is the best high performance sedan Australia has ever produced"
Street machine Feb 2002
TE50T3 Remember the GTHO? well your getting close.
Motor mag Jan 2002
Wouldn't you love to say that about your car?You loosers
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