G6E Turbo vs Holden Calais-V
21 June 2008
Fresh from plaudits at its launch, Ford's storming G6E Turbo faces its natural nemesis, Holden's Calais V V8.
Are you the type who would never consider an Australian car simply because it was made here? If so, it’s best you left now. Seriously, there’s nothing to interest you here. If, on the other hand, you simply enjoy driving and have between $55 and $60K to spend on a new sedan, settle in and read on.
Right at the top of the new Falcon range is the G6E Turbo, a $55,000 sedan whose performance, handling, refinement, lengthy standard feature list, and interior ambience made a great first impression at the FG launch. While there’s a European flavour to the G6E Turbo’s combination of sporty nature and luxury features, its price tag says Australian-made, mate.
Of course, at this price point you could buy European metal. But the German imports that share the Falcon’s front-engine and rear-drive layout are smaller, slower and, these days, not much smarter. The BMW 320i Executive auto ($58,500) or Mercedes-Benz C200K Classic ($57,090) may boast more high-strength steel content in their body structures, more aluminium in their engines, or an extra airbag here and there, but when it comes to many tech basics, the Ford is their equal.
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