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2010 Lingenfelter Chevrolet Camaro SS vs. 2010 Roush Ford Mustang Stage 3 – Comparison

These two muscle cars truly show their bad side (in a good way) when Roush and Lingenfelter get their hands on them.

“Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) exists to satisfy such primal cravings. LPE has built a Camaro SSwith its $10,995 TVS2300 kit, essentially a Magnuson/Eaton supercharger with high-flow fuel injectors, a cold-air induction system, a voltage-boosted fuel pump, and a recalibrated engine-management system. Though the engine is internally unchanged, the system’s 9 psi of boost is good for 570 horsepower.

To put those extra 144 horses to the pavement, the LPE car gets a host of other upgrades, including 20-inch wheels shod with Nitto NT05 tires ($4415), a 3.70 rear axle with heavy-duty half-shafts ($3484), a dual-disc clutch from a ZR1 Corvette ($1860), and a stiffer Hotchkis suspension ($1710). Add to that a Corsa exhaust ($1750), big Brembo brakes ($7940), and various lesser upgrades, and the mods ($34,539) just about double the Camaro SS’s sticker price ($35,125) for a total of $69,664.

The Roush Mustang Stage 3 doesn’t bite into your wallet quite as hard, coming in at $61,255, which amounts to $28,510 of Roush Performance upgrades and the $31,845 price of a specific Roush-orderedMustang GT. This lower price isn’t due to less content. In fact, the Roush engine has been reworked more extensively than the LPE V-8 because in order to achieve similar power (540 horses) from its much smaller V-8 (4.6 liters), its supercharger must blow harder—up to 15 psi. To ensure that the more highly pressurized engine doesn’t bust its gut, it gets lower-compression forged pistons, forged connecting rods, and a forged crank. The Roush Stage 3 also gets the expected upgrades to its clutch, suspension, exhaust system, and wheel-and-tire package, though only the front brakes are bigger.”

2010 Lingenfelter Chevrolet Camaro SS

Now, to the good stuff. The Lingenfelter Camaro ran the quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at 120 mph.  That’s 0.8 second and 9 mph quicker than the stock Camaro SS.  The LPE car was 0.9 second quicker to 60 (3.9 seconds) and hitting 150 mph in 19.5 seconds.  The stock SS barely gets up to the 130 mph that’s governed.  Probably due to gearing as well has HP.

Highs: Instant, massive yet controllable thrust is smoothly integrated into the upgraded Camaro. Great brakes.

Lows: The suspension doesn’t like fast going on rough roads.

The Verdict: We would never have believed that a Camaro capable of 120 mph in the quarter could feel so civilized.

2010 Roush Ford Mustange Stage 3

“With 15 psi of boost generated by its supercharger, the highly modified 4.6-liter V-8 develops 540 horsepower, only 30 fewer than the Lingenfelter. As a result, it’s only a hair slower than the 143-pound-heavier Camaro in the usual sprints. Zero to 60 takes 4.2 seconds, and the quarter-mile is history in 12.4 seconds at 119 mph. Above 130 mph, however, the Roush falls behind the Lingenfelter, hitting 150 nearly four seconds later.”

Highs: Refined suspension, great looks, intoxicating exhaust note matched by a powerful engine.

Lows: Touchy clutch makes smooth launches difficult; tight, high-effort shifter seems a throwback to yesteryear.

The Verdict: A striking Mustang that oozes charisma.

I personally like the looks of the Mustang, but either one would be a head turner from the sounds of the engines or the curb appeal.  What’s your favorite?


2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe – Official Photos and Info

2011 Cadillac CTC Coupe
2011 Cadillac CTC Coupe

OK, I’m not usually a Cadillac fan, but this 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is pretty sexy. 

The pictures you see are the production versions of the concept the originally debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2008.
“Rear- and all-wheel-drive variants will be available, while a 556-hp CTS-V Coupe also is en route and will debut later in 2010.” –
Just saying that out loud, “556 hp CTS-V Coupe”, gets my adrenaline going.  Even the V6 will be rated at 306 hp, respectively.  All standard non V models will come with a 6-speed manual transmission with the option for the 6-speed automatic.
You can find more pictures of this Caddy here.
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

2009 Nissan 370Z

2009 Nissan 370Z

 The Nissan 350z, Infiniti G35 Coupe, and their new big brothers 370z and G37 have made some great visual improvments.  Not only that, but they have raised the hp to 332 which is 17 more hp than in the 2010 V8-powered (and heavier) Mustang GT.   A couple other impressive specs to note are the 0-60 time of 5.1 sec and the 60-0 length of 101 feet.  By the way that’s about on par with Nissan’s GT-R supercar.

 “Forty years ago, the Datsun 240Z appeared in the U.S. and the (now Nissan) Z car has had a loyal following ever since. To celebrate four decades of its affordable sports car, Nissan is launching a 40th anniversary edition of the 370Z in 2010.”

Here is a picture of the 40th Anniversary Edition.  Being a special edition of a sports car it only comes with a 6 speed manual transmission.  You get a third peddle folks!

2010 Nissan 370z 40th Anniversary Edition

2010 Nissan 370z 40th Anniversary Edition

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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo MR Touring Edition

I’m starting to like this new 2010 Evo X.  Mitsubishi has given some creature comforts to the MR  Touring models

“The big news is the addition of a Touring package for Evolution MR models. Springing for an MR Touring (pictured above and in the gallery) nets extra sound insulation, a powered sunroof, power and heated leather seats, and automatic wipers and headlights.”

I remember when the WRX first came out and it was like a rally car.  No sunroof option.  Nothing special for the interior at all.  It was a high horsepower turbo 4 street legal rally car.  This class of cars have really come a long.

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