Wheels are starting to slack off. I used to be able to pick it up as early as 7:00am from my local Newsagency the day its supposed to come out. Its 19th Feb today, it was supposed to be here yesterday, but they're saying I might wait until tommorow... grr
I'm more interested in the results of the five local car comparo (Falc, Commo, Camry, Avalon and Magna) - last month's magazine says "...we compare the Big Five local six-cylinder sedans and come away quietly surprised at the results."
In my mind, this means the Avalon won, given its reputation for refinement (if not style, grunt or appeal). Please tell me I'm wrong!!
Just got my copy when I arrived home. In a nutshell, not a decisive winner but it came down to Commodore and Falcon. Acclaim by a slim margin over Futura due to being superior in the way it steers, stops, rides and handles.
The XR6 Turbo in europe thing was very interesting and a little disapointing. Phantom does look dark in the pictures, blueprint or venom or something might have been a better choice..
Oil leaks from the turbo? Incorrect washer fitted? Jesus, thought they would have given the car a quick look over before it was posted off.. The time spent in S.A I guess is that they are assessing it for sale in S.A as well..
I think the feedback was positive.. A few changes would need to be made if they ever wanted to sell them over there. Firmer suspension (OZ should have that as a option), 18" standard, diffrent tyres, 250 limiter etc etc.. Should be part of a Euro spec package.. Make 100 of them, ship 40 to europe, keep 60 here to sell as specials.
I bloody well hope so! Be nice if it was engineered for left hand drive as well!
As mentioned (including in the article) the XR6T should have been in blueprint or even better blood orange to make it stand out more! The car in the US was blueprint. The main theme I got from the European testers was that the suspension, particularly dampers, needed to be firmer as that is what they expect from large powerful cars. Good example of the differences here in Oz, where the XR6T is not a hard-core sporting car (cue Typhoon, hopefully) and also more compliance is needed for road blemishes.
Phido – return of the European Sports Pack?
RE the 5-way comparo verdict, I clearly need to have another read of it, but I thought they said the Futura by a slim margin over the Acclaim. I also thought it was interesting that the Futura and Acclaim had the same fuel consumption figures on the test, but there was no mention of it. One of the fwd trio also had worse consumption.
Just looking at the fuel economy bit..
And the falcon has a huge performance lead over everyone else. 0-100 in 8.0 flat and 15.7 @147 Kmph with a 4 speed and a 3.23 diff.. Camry slowest with a 9.3 100 dash and the avalon took 16.7 to cover the 400 m.