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Old 08-16-2013, 05:48 AM   #1
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OK, Guess it's time for my "I ran a GTO" thread...

I recently read a poster's account on running a late model GTO, and putting up a respectable fight. I can attest.
On my early morning commute, I occasionally see a light blue/silver GTO cross an intersection I am usually sitting across from, waiting to turn. You can't miss this car, he drives it hard off the light every time, and it is loud as all get out. At this hour of the morning, saying it stands out....is an understatement. lol (Yes, I often see the same folks on my 5:15am NOVA commute to DC.....we are a very sad, tired, timely bunch).

Today, instead of seeing him cross over the intersection while I sat in the left turn lane...he ended up right beside me at a light. I do not know what year/motor, but it is for sure a stick, and the exhaust he has is loud as hell. I mean,....very loud.

We pulled off from the light, and as I expected, he gunned it. I did not gun it, rather just squeezed fed more throttle, and I had already shifted to second. (darn!) Note: I do not condone street racing, I am not a kid, and this is not a fairy tale twisted to suit the poster. It happened, exactly as I am relating it.

I took it it through 2nd to @6,200, through 3rd.....then laid off, rolled it into 4th, not sure what my speed was, likely around 85-90. Sounds like he did the same, and he was NOT holding back. His car was so loud there was no mistaking where he was in regards to rpm's. It was screaming. He ended up just at my nose, not even one full car length in front of me. Yep, 100% true, no driver error, no fairy dust!! It was still dark, so I wonder if he thought I had an SS. The guy turned into the FBI headquarters where he undoubtedly works,...I wonder if he finally noticed as I hummed quietly by.......that he had just been racing a 6 banger......lol !!!

For those who feel they just have to jump in and school me that I must be on crack,.....no 6 could ever do this, the guy must have had a broken leg, the car was running on 7 plugs,...yada, yada, please. It happened, on a 62 degree morning, on a straight road, my car is BONE STOCK, has 87 in the tank, and only has 1,100 miles the motor. Could his car be a pig? Yes. Could he be a crappy driver? I guess, though he certainly did not miss a shift. I feel very strongly if we had gone from a dig, I would have done even better. It sucks that he had the jump on me. The LFX....is indeed, under-appreciated. I was proud of my car.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #2
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Wow, great story! I had a similar experience with a Challenger R/T. Once again, not "street racing" just shifting agressively. His was most likely an Auto but as we accelerated he was definately flooring it and I held right next to him the whole time.

I have to agree with you that the LFX is under appreciated. I think that the M6 cars in particular are stronger than most people think. I only dream of a 3.73 or 3.91 swap!!
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Interesting. My car is extremely loud past 3k whether Im using 50% throttle or 100%.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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White,

Same. I think with steeper gears the car would be truly surprising. I re-read my post....it does come off as V6-comp-cocky, but hey....not a day goes by around this forum where I don't read, in reference to any/all V6's:

"not a real engine"

"when I drive the V6, feels like an Aveo"

"after driving the SS, the V6 feels like the e-brake is on"

...yada, yada. I say phooey. I have owned over 20 V8 pony cars. This power plant is righteous! It will never trounce an SS, but the way the V6's are treated pisses me off. It ain't 1991. In reality, the LFX is more sophisticated, and puts out more power/ sq inch than the LS. 87 octane, great mileage, decent power, great response, usable torque curve, lighter weight......what's not to dig? Ask the guy in the GTO.....he sure made a ton of racket.....I'll give him that!
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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BBall,

No pun intended, the guy was running balls-out. I know what 6K sounds like. This was full throttle loud. What I suspect is the car has whatever is the tallest gear offered. Can't say. What I can say, is if I got to launch the way I know how......that car would have been a door......for real.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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nice giving that driver 'a wake up call'. The V6 is way under-appreciated, imo, and desreves more
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:01 AM   #7
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Late model GTO's came with the 5.7l at first, then the 6.0l. The last two years were rated at 400 hp. Just an FYI.

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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BBall,

No pun intended, the guy was running balls-out. I know what 6K sounds like. This was full throttle loud. What I suspect is the car has whatever is the tallest gear offered. Can't say. What I can say, is if I got to launch the way I know how......that car would have been a door......for real.
They only had one rear end gear offered: 3:46.

Like others have said, it was likely a 2004. Just not seeing it happen with an 05-06 GTO but maybe a 04. Even then, its hard to think he was going full bore if he had an exhaust on it. They generally put down about 320-340 with a full exhaust and in a lighter car as well.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #9
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Similar thing happened to me yesterday. My Uncle (Ford Guy) came up to visit. I was excited to show him my new toy, and talk cars while drinking loads of beer. We walked around the car, talked about what I have put into it so far, and talked about what I am still planning on doing. Then i opened the hood and he started chuckling, only a V6?!?! I explained why I only wanted the V6, he finished the conversation with "well at least it looks good". So I said lets go for a ride, he jumped into his V8 Mustang and we took a ride to a nice flat, country road with perfect 1/2 mile land marks. I also am too old to condone street racing, but had to make a point. We lined them up and I took him by at least 2 car lengths. The rest of the night included lots of beer, and great conversations. But he refused to talk about cars!
Sorry for the thread jack, just wanted to throw in my 2 cents!
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:26 AM   #10
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That's a V6 Mustang. Unless he swapped front bumpers...........
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:58 AM   #11
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"They only had one rear end gear offered: 3:46.

Like others have said, it was likely a 2004. Just not seeing it happen with an 05-06 GTO but maybe a 04. Even then, its hard to think he was going full bore if he had an exhaust on it. They generally put down about 320-340 with a full exhaust and in a lighter car as well."

Guys, I agree 110%. Believe me, I know full well it is very likely the smaller motored 2004.I am not touting my LFX to be some freak car, no way. There are things most of my V8 cars did, that I do find somewhat lacking.....torque comes to mind.....however, when the car is trounced, and trounced hard, IOW, driven like ya stole it......it skidaddles!!! I think on a good day, there is a 14.2-14.5 in my car, easily achieved, as it sits. CAI, some drag radials, tank of 93 for good measure....who knows. I ran consistent 14.0-14.2 with my 97 Z28, LT1. It is pretty cool that a measly 219 C.I. engine is putting out 323 hp, on regular.....and is a stout, reliable build. I kinda dig being the smaller dog for a change. PS Bushman, your car is drop dead gorgeous!!!!
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I was excited to show him my new toy, and talk cars while drinking loads of beer...........So I said lets go for a ride, he jumped into his V8 Mustang and we took a ride to a nice flat, country road with perfect 1/2 mile land marks. I also am too old to condone street racing, but had to make a point. We lined them up and I took him by at least 2 car lengths.
What's wrong with the above statement?

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Old 08-16-2013, 03:29 PM   #13
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Hey. Even if it was the 2004 GTO with the smaller v8, that was still a good run with the V6.
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That's a V6 Mustang. Unless he swapped front bumpers...........
Yes, he was in an accident with it and replaced it. I was wondering if anyone would comment on that.
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What's wrong with the above statement?

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Not sure.
Sorry for the double post couldn't figure out how to multi quote.

Ahhhhh, we didn't start drinking beer until after we got back
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Ahhhhh, we didn't start drinking beer until after we got back
Bueno. The way it was written...

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PS Bushman, your car is drop dead gorgeous!!!!
Thanks sorry I missed that in my last post.
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I had a srt8 jeep picking on me after the latest fast and the furious movie (lost count at which one it's at lol). The theatre I went to has a garage and he was behind me when I was exciting the garage, constantly revving his engine. If that weren't enough he kept making fly bys and slowing down when we were on the freeway (destiny have it, we were headed in the same direction). So I finally got tired and lined up in the freeway from a roll. I walked him all the way by one car length. After that he calmed down and left me alone
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well...true or not...I'm enjoying the stories! lol.
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I once had a Dodge Challenger attempt to 'challenge' me on the highway.

I didn't race him, I just accelerated a little bit to put him in his place and left him where he should be. I took a picture.

... of him in my rearview mirror..
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:13 AM   #23
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Yes, he was in an accident with it and replaced it. I was wondering if anyone would comment on that.
Oh that's cool. V6 front bumpers just tend to look better anyways for some reason!

Regardless of all these stories and what happens on the street with other cars keep this in mind. A friend of mine at work had an LS1 GTO(nice car) and always used to mess with me about buying a V6. I would always reply about how much better looking my car was and how most people would rather have a V6 camaro than a V8 Grand Am. I joke but its true! I am pretty positive the 2010-2013 Camaros will become iconic whether or not you have a V8. I have NEVER gotten so many looks and compliments, even in a V8 car(4th gen firebird). I think the transformer series has only secured that.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:26 AM   #24
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^Funny you say that ,Ive had people take a pic of my car 6-8 times just this summer^
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I believe it. I was driving my 1994 Camaro which has a 357ci LT1 in it, cammed, stalled automatic. I was on the freeway and a 5th gen v6 came up next to me and wanted to play. I figured it wasn't even a contest -- my car makes 325rwhp and obviously weighs a lot less than a 5th gen. I was shocked when he stayed even with me no matter how hard I tried to pull away. Honestly it was a huge kick in the nuts that I still haven't recovered from. I never got to talk to him to see what was done - it looked completely stock, didn't have any exhaust on it, etc.... if it truly was a stock v6 Camaro and it kept up with my modded LT1.... well, that sucks for me

PS I'm sure this thread will be deleted soon since they don't condone street racing threads on here.
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