My AUII XR8 is gutless. Have asked Ford about it and they are dodgy. Won't confirm how they determine 200kw - does anyone know or can prove for sure they indeed are 200kw? Are the motors 'hand built' as the propagander states - I have heard they are straight from the states - ones that were destined for the 'Explorer' but never made it to original destination. Think about it - compare USA spec 5.0l explorer and you have XR8 motor minus a badge on the right hand side rocker cover. If they are Aust built, why not a GT40 top inlet manifold - why the standard Explorer one? If so can someone show me proof on a standard AUII motor - ie not touched by human hands since leaving the factory. I really have my doubts! All Ford will say for sure is ' they have to do 20,000km to loosen up'. I am pissed at my XR8. Should go better. Lets not mention the diff being noisey, trans slamming into first at 15km/h when coasting to lights, window switches faulty, hose clamp on left hand side of motor digging through bonnet cover, wheel balance / allignment out from new, vibration through drivetrain, etc etc.