Originally Posted by ozzyjim
Thanks for the replies guy's, i totally understande the "presence" part, it just looks so good and sounds horn!!! Im only considering the other 2 for financial reasons, But at this point i still cant get the XR8 out of my head:)
Also, are there any vids/mpegs of these/your beasts getting around? Ive got a heap of 6T ones but cannot find any of the XR8:(
Anyway, keep the replies up:)
All of what's been said before me is pretty right. I have brake shudder (see avatar) otherwise the only drama was not being able to open the tailgate (internal fastener came loose). Tailgate's OK, will be fixing the shudder soon (and the avatar, people are getting spun out). Yes there is some trim that's less than beautiful but nothing that upsets me when I look at it.
The Boss engine is fantastic, screw the points of seconds that some "other" vehicles have over the XR8 because the engine note and performance gets me every time. ANY chance to give a blast. I love being up front at lights as I can give it a real kick. I've got 12,000 on the clock now and it's still surprising me with better and better performance, a combination of the engine loosening up and me getting to know the sweet spots. The Auto box is great and I really have little need to run it in Perf. or Manual mode. It shifts so sweetly and predictably that you can really have fun in standard mode (and use less fuel too).
Unlike many others here on FF I can't yet justify the money for mods (I went from looking at an XR6 Ute to getting the 8 with lots of options and have broken the budget), and it sounds like you might be in that boat too. Anyway I decided early on to let the machine fully "mature" before modding it. That way it also makes it clear what the mods have actually done for you versus the full potential of the factory job. If I'm getting bored with it after 20,000k's then I might look at something to pep it up. For me the whole point of getting a modern performance vehicle was so I didn't have to dick around with things.
As for a vid, took some footage yesterday which would have said it all but realised that I didn't have the software to transfer it from camera to PC. Will keep trying!
Be a devil, go for it! 4000revs and the indecision will vanish