A XR8 test drive
as posted at ls1 forum
First impressions, very good, the bulge didnt do a great deal for me walking around the car, engine bay looked good (then again I looked at the one at summernats)..
Salesman drove it out while explaining some features, gave it a few bootfulls, and pulled over and let me have a drive just across the bridge,80kzone
Impressions as a passenger: I now see why the bulge is such a big issue, it sets the car off beautifully. Seats are very supportive, sound system, well sounds good. The exhaust is impressive, no keep in mind none of my gen 111s have been modded in any way.
Got to drive it, started easily and loved the burble, going thru a roundabout, had to wait for a slow gramps, then booted around him. Going up the lookout hill, in 3rd (had to give the shift a go) comeing around a left hand bend overtaking a car at 140 I felt what I initially thought was the rev limiter, but was actually the traction control,,,very surprised, a lot less intrusive than the holden one. Chucked a uey and headed back to town, only a 14k round trip.
Impressions as a driver: I loved how even if you are in 3rd and come to a stop, the box changes to 1st to allow you to take off, but as you are in manual mode it stays in first untill you shift it. Power delivery was excellent, I love the low down grunt, I took the car through a couple of back streets and had the t/c working a fair bit, and all I can say is... Holden, copy fords t/c, its a heap better than yours.......
Overall: Very very impressed, would I buy one, lets say I am awaiting a phone call and if the changeover price is good enough then the answer will be yes.