obviously none of you have read MOTOR December addition.
I quote (from MOTOR's "HotBits" column in the "Extra!Extra!" section at the start of the magazine:
"FORD XR8 JUNIOR"
While the war rages, the first
battle victory goes to Holden.
Sources inside Ford admit
that, by giving the 235kW SV8
Commodore and entry price of
$40,490, Holden outsmarted
them. Ford's answer will be a
new V8 model positioned below
the XR8 in price and power. Try
mid-$40 grand with an estimated
230kW. It is believed Ford easily
extracted another 10kW from the
SOHC, three-valve 5.4-litre V8
through exhaust tuning.
The hardest job may be conjuring
up a name. Neither XR6+ or XR8-
seems approriate but thats
where the new model performance
model will sit. Anyway, its styling
should be more XR6 than bonnet-
bulging XR8 because the shorter
SOHC V8 sits under than standard
Now do you believe me?