After using the configurator on the Ford website, and optioning up an XT to have LSD, V8 Manual, Sports suspension, and rear spoiler it all comes out to $38,640. This is around the same price as an SV8 yes? I was told they costed less than 40 grand.
So anyway, You can basically make your own by optioning it up, but why can't Ford make a specific model with all these? Unless I buy new and option what I want, it will be pretty hard to find a second hand V8 Manual XT with LSD and sports suspension.
I will not be able to afford a new car for a while and would probably look at buying something like this in the future. But If Ford had a designated model, whcih was basically what I am talking about - an optioed up XT, it would make finding one alot less of an arduous task later on.
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Maybe Series II will have a Falson S or SR or something else with specs like you describe.
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I would imagine Geoff and crew are waiting to see if the SV8 will sell, before they commit resources and $$$ and make their own permanent competitior in the line up.
Ford don't need an SV8 competitior anyway, the only reason the SV8 exists is because they (GMH) removed the V8 option from the Executive.
Perhaps what they should be doing instead is pushing the fact that you can get XT with V8 and manual trans - instead of the SV8. But there will always be those who want just a little 'more' than an XT or Exec, ie a better name or badge than just the run of the mill fleet car.
There are only 2 states to be in:
Western Australia, and pissed.
Ford make cars brand new to sell to new car buyers, they dont design cars so they are good for second hand buyers if ya know what i'm saying. Of course their good etc, i dunno it's hard to explain what i'm trying to say.
Hope ya get what i mean.
Considering the amount of SV8 talk thats going on in LS1 land (not much), I don't know if the SV8 is necessarily doing well in sales anyway.
I don't really think we need an SR or S or any other models to confuse people. We have sporty models (XR's) and we have a mainstream model (XT) and we have luxury models (Futura and above). I think thats plenty dont you?
XT buyers have a myriad of options if they want to turn it into a sports car.
I don't think we need to match Holden model for model. Our cars are already superior... what more incentive do we need?
Would I be right in saying that you can no longer get a Holden V8 with regular suspension until the upper class models, and that anyone who would want to go towing would not want a car with FE2 suspension.
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