• May 20, 2008
Click either image to view high-res gallery of the Ultimate Sh-Ute-Out

While the U.S. is about to get its first taste of two-door, rear-wheel-drive, car-based pickups in the form of the Pontiac G8 ST (official name still TBD), Australians have been enjoying these things, called utes, for decades. While Holden introduced a new version of its Commodore-based ute last year, Ford has just gotten around to meeting the challenge with its new Falcon-based ute. And you know what that means: Ford vs. GM cage match in Koala Bear country!

Pickuptrucks.com has pitted the Holden SS Ute and Ford XR8 Ute, both top-shelf sports models, against each other in this Ultimate Sh-Ute-Out for the ages. For as similar as these utes are in price and power, we were surprised to learn how different they actually are. The Ford ute, for instance, is considered more of a workhorse than the Holden and thus continues to use a leaf-sprung rear suspension instead of an IRS like the Holden. Apparently it's the more truckish of the two, as evident by its separated cab and bed compared to the clean one-piece design of the Holden. Both models tested use big V8 powerplants, but the XR8's Boss V8 was more high-tech compared to tried-and-true Gen IV pushrod.

Being that Pontiac is about to start selling the Holden Ute in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8 ST, this comparo is a good Beginner's Course in the wonderful world of Aussie utes. And who knows, if the Pontiac G8 and G8 ST sell well, that may just be the urging Ford needs to bring the Falcon stateside sooner than the next-generation model. Check out the gallery of insanely cool high-res shots from the comparo below, courtesy of Pickuptrucks.com, and hit the source to read the comparo from start to finish.


[Source: Pickuptrucks.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      put a turbo 4 in it with good mpg.

      give it some room behind the seats so you could slide back and recline a little and not feel like you've got the steering wheel of an old ford ranger in your chest.

      give it the capacity to haul a 49x97" sheet of MDF. and tow a small trailer.

      and i think we got a winner.

      oh yeah and price it right. not in the mid to high 20's
      more like $20 and under
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seen what the dollar is worth lately?

        They can barely price a Civic at 20K and under.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I want it with a v6 and a bed big enough for my go kart. Make it happen! Just anything that is fuel efficient really, it'll be speedy enough I'm sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder why they used the XR8, the XR6 turbo is much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      didnt you read the article? the Ford is more high-tech...

      you can tell by the comments who is a ford fanboy and who is GM... just take it for what it is... the Ford is better... there, that was easy.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Battle of the Brats!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with commuter's reponse, but I'm in the market for either the new Accord coupe or Altima coupe. I own a 5th-generation Prelude and will upgrade this year. Of the two, I prefer the Accord. I don't think of it as 'boring' (I saw one the other day in person and it looks much better than in photos), but I wish its V6 engine produced 300hp instead of 268hp. But maybe I need to be more concerned with gas mileage right now than horsepower. $4.00/gallon gas is going to limit how much I drive anything, whether it's bland or exciting(!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      i guess all of u been forgotten subaru did bring a car like these in 2003 calls Baja. why make a big deal out of it when GM trying to bring one over here? subaru already did and the sales number speak for itself for the demand of these kind of cars in America.
      • 6 Years Ago
      U-G-L-Y
        • 6 Years Ago
        you see shipey, here is where the debate ensues... i look at the two, and the Ford looks way meaner, and tougher. so basically the exact opposite of what you said...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think its a interesting looking car that could in the small truck market. With Ford doing away with the ranger, this could fill a small niche of people who want a truck to go to Lowes or such on weekends, but a nice fuel effficiant cat thoughout the week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Other than the name badges , can anyone see much of ant difference in design? the Ford has an older Mustang hood...Nothing impresive here, "e" name...."EL RANCHERO".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Luv them Ozzie Utes!

      Saw a strange one running about OC last week. Chevy produced the El Camino. Ford produced a Ranchero.

      But what on earth did Edsel make??? Was it a Ranchero also? I have never seen anything like it before. Was it a one of a kind knock off, concept or a limited production model? Gawd it was beautiful and ugly at the same time! I really lusted after this beast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its good to see a review where the 2 V8's can play without being overshadowed by the XR6 Turbo.

      I own a BFII XR6 Turbo Ute I am looking at the numbers to upgrade to the FG versions. My Ute is not realy a work truck it has leather seats climate control 6 stack CD sound system It was ordered with the Luxury Pack.

      It will be a sad day when the I6 is gone.
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