Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Vehicle: 2006 SLK350 - All Opts. ('cept AMG Pkg & Auto) 6-speed manual, YEAH!
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Yeah but you had fun right? That's all that matters!
Actually, a 1986 IROC-Z Camaro only had 215 hp on a good day with a stiff wind. I had the 145 HP 2.8L V6 version with the Level III IROC suspension and brake package that I bought off a guy who bought it as an autocross special. Cassette, power locks and AC were the only options, 5-Speed manual. A buddy had the IROC-Z and I was able to jump the line and get in front of him at 30 MPH and shut him down with my 2.8L.
A Fiero? Really? COOL! Send me info! I've had 4 of them. 2 of them being rare, (yellow 88 GT, 1 of 241, 88 GT with T-Tops and 5-speed - I hold 2 lap records against 2 Audi S4 Quattro's in rain at Homestead in that car. That one now has a chromed LT1 'Vette V8 and is now in Chicago)
Funny enough coming out of Fiero GT's, my drive of an SLK55 reminded me of his IROC-Z. Lots of growl (although none of the shake) far more push in the seat, but the same feeling when you approached a curve that you had a boat anchor up front and no weight in the back, and it just did not want to rotate that easliy.
PS: The Berretta LTZ had the 2.8L from Camaro / Fiero, but without the tubular headers so they only made 135 HP.
I find one thing about your story fishy. The MR2 Supercharged. Their tranny's only lasted maximum about 40,000 miles as they were not rated for the power (Toyota did the SC to combat Fiero's '88 suspension.) Either you happened on a low mileage one, or one that has it's 4th or 5th tranny in it! Lord knows, they probably blew that one out trying to catch up to you!
The RX-7 is easy to explain. Unless he went off the line with the engine already spinning above 4,000 RPM, I don't care if he had the Japanese 3 rotor tuned to 750 bhp, it is a dog! Torque win's the line, HP is top speed. Rotaries have no torque. Just like an S-2000, miss a shift, let the revs drop and you just can't recover.
Let's see, I have the following notables, but they knew we were racing or initiated it:
1. BMW M3 previous to current V8 generation, up to 50 MPH speed limit.
2. Carrera S up to 45 MPH speed limit.
3. Z06 Corvette up to 45 MPH speed limit.
4. Shelby GT500 up until 35 MPH. Then he pulled away to the 50 MPH limit.
5. Ferrari F430 Coupe (Left Side) Ferrari F430 Spyder (Right Side) Toll-both from 40 MPH to 120MPH. I kept right up with them and one gave me the thumbs up. My other half grabbed the dashboard screamed "NO! THIS IS NOT THE AUTOBAHN" and almost killed me.
6. SLK55 from 50 to 100 MPH. NEVER initiate a race and underestimate the power of someone who has their manual in the right gear already, thinking you can stomp it and "auto mode" will compensate in time.
7. Miata hard top. Ass wanted to repeat that You Tube Video of putting his top down and taking off before the SLK top finished. Little did he know I have a smart top module and started off, albeit slowly, right away!