One item not mentioned so far: Mk2's with the 289 came with a wider set of
transmission ratios than the narrow ratio set in the earlier 260 Mk1's. A
bit more power, and a better first gear ratio makes the Mk2's a bit
quicker. First gear in the originals is noticeably too tall, making the car
seem a little awkward off the line. Uphill starts can be a bit challenging,
and hard on the clutch.
Top gear is the same in both.
You could swap the rear end ratio to get better performance off the line,
but then you end up running big revs at highway speed.
Of course, wide ratio gearsets can be swapped into the toploader, solving
this problem, as many owners have done. See the transmission ratio
spreadsheet on the Tigers United site. Good info.
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