North American Turbocoupe Organization



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FloridaTurbo Offline
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#1
OK, I know this should be in the Off-Topic forum, but researching the competition for us TC racers is very important! Remember when that Taurus SHO kicked your but? Now, if you read my previous post, you would know that my beloved one TC left boomed something in the motor, so I thought it might be a good time to go do some test drives. I manage a used-car lot so I get "Privledged" drives from the local dealerships, and I do regularly take advantage of them. Threat levels are rated as 1-5, with 1 being a walk-over, 3 being an even match for your stock TC, and 5 being you might want to back down... So sit back and read on!

Dodge Neon SRT-4: See the neon thread! Threat Level 4!

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: 271 HP, 6-Speed Manual, AWD, Turbo, etc. Not as fast as advertised, I was actually a little disappointed. A basic modded TC should kill it. Guess it belongs on the Rally Course. Threat Level 3.5.

Subaru WRX: I know we've all encountere at least 1 of these things by now, so you know they're quick, BUT next year the new STI comes to the US, figure upwards of 300 hp, 6-speed manual, AWD, etc. Should be very fast, and very expensive. I will drive as soon as they come out and let you know.

Mercury Marauder: Don't laugh, it's actually almost faster than a Grand Marquis. I would rather buy an old sguad car with the DOHC 4.6. Threat Level 2

Ford Mustang Mach 1: A VERY boring, un-inspired car. I used to have an original 71 Mach 1, and this car is just sad in comparison. Just a plain-jane Mustang with lots of promotional slag and stickers. This car disappointed me, as I was actually thinking about buying one. It is a desecration to the Mustang name. Back in the day, you could option one over 300 different ways, on the new one all you choose is the exterior color and trans. Threat Level 3.

Dodge Viper SRT-10: Yes, I did drive one, and all I can say is, WOW. I want one of these. A mind-numbing experience. Needless to say, 500 hp. I played around in a parking lot, so let me say we could out-corner it. It is VERY tail-happy and does donuts before you can think about it. Threat Level 5!

As you see, I had a fun day. Watch out for those pesky Turbo-imports, especially the Neon. Also, watch out for mid-year models such as the Pontiac GTO, WRX STI, and that old guy in the Taurus!
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IRONBULL Offline
Junior Member
#2
I used to be an automotive consultant (Thatz fancy talk for "people hustler") for Wilde Jaguar & Volvo back home in 97-98, and I always tell people, I don't care if it's a bentley, or a beetle, if you wanna drive it go drive it. I'm glad to see theres a test drive drive critic on board.
(Dubbed from my Stangbangerz sig)
The Famous 2-3T dragstrip conversion
MulletHead- "I saw the thunderchicken run, what cha got done to that 5vO"
Me-"It's a TurboCoupe"
MulletHead-"Wha"!
Me-"A TURBOCOUPE" See look here under the hood.
MullettHead-???? You hacked the 5v0 in two huh.
Me-I give up
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IRONBULL Offline
Junior Member
#3
Quote:Originally posted by FloridaTurbo:
[B]Mercury Marauder: Don't laugh, it's actually almost faster than a Grand Marquis. I would rather buy an old sguad car with the DOHC 4.6. Threat Level 2


Ford Mustang Mach 1: A VERY boring, un-inspired car. I used to have an original 71 Mach 1, and this car is just sad in comparison. Just a plain-jane Mustang with lots of promotional slag and stickers. This car disappointed me, as I was actually thinking about buying one. It is a desecration to the Mustang name. Back in the day, you could option one over 300 different ways, on the new one all you choose is the exterior color and trans. Threat Level 3.
B]

You know and for a split sec I was waiting for a 70yr old to past on so I get a marauder!! LOL J/K!!

Well, on the good side with the Mach1 while GM killed two of their muscle cars ford brought another one of theirs back!!
(Dubbed from my Stangbangerz sig)
The Famous 2-3T dragstrip conversion
MulletHead- "I saw the thunderchicken run, what cha got done to that 5vO"
Me-"It's a TurboCoupe"
MulletHead-"Wha"!
Me-"A TURBOCOUPE" See look here under the hood.
MullettHead-???? You hacked the 5v0 in two huh.
Me-I give up
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