Originally Posted by newgoat
Are you saying I should spend even more money on my car that cost almost $9,000 more than the '05 Mustang GT? My wife would kill me! Pontiac should have given me a faster car to start with, it seems like it should be faster with a claimed 400HP but I think it just weights too much. I think he said he spent $3,500 for all this stuff installed and clipped over 1.4 seconds off his 1/4 times. This is as fast or faster than the late blown Cobras but he's still NA with none of the problems of a blower car. His car runs and sounds stock! If he added a cam and ported those 3 valve heads who knows how much more power he would have? He can already kill my 05 GTO and this is making me think about what I can do to catch up, got any ideas on how I can beat him without my wife complaining about it?
My car is at least 1.2-3 seconds slower than his cheaper pony, what's with that? Maybe I should have waited and seen how fast his car turned out before jumping in like a nut and buying the 05 GTO. The GTO's interior is nicer though and I think I get slightly better hyway mileage.
Sigh... trying to get at least even.
Sounds like you're turning sour on the Goat, too earliy and for the wrong reasons. Just examine the points below:
#1 - If your buddy got his 'stang for under 28K he got a truly excellent deal, because that's what the dealers are charging. So the difference out there in the real world is somethng like 2-4K, and your car is significantly faster out of the box (by .7 - .8 sec in the 1/4 being a standard deal).
#2 - His car starts out with a lower final drive, a lower first (that's why they have some jump off the line, otherwise the 4.6 is real weak on low-end torque), but no 6th gear. Therefore, you could throw in an even lower final drive than him, get a humongous increase, and still turn lower rpm on the hwy.
#3 - The money he spent just puts the two cars even price-wise (in general), and he is now tapped for external mods (other than NOS), while you haven't even started. Yes the Goat is heavier (by 200 lbs is all really), but that's natural with the IRS, better sound proofing, better materials and a generally higher quality, more substantial car). Currently he's got, at the very most, a half a second on an '05 Goat (comparing cars with slicks), probably even less. Don't be impressed or dismayed so easily man.
What color combo is your Goat? Post a pic of the beautiful brute.