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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?


Lexus Fans Hope – V10-Powered M5 Killer GS-F [PIC]

Lexus GS-f

Is it wishful thinking?  Maybe, maybe not.  I don’t think it’s that far off, Lexus just needs to find a way to drop the price and still make money.  I’m sure loyal Lexus fans won’t mind paying the cost to beat up on an M5 at the stop light.

“Lexus fans want it to happen so bad and now they can practically feel it. Or at least hear it.
We’re talking about a F-version of the GS sedan, one preferably with the new V10 that debuted in the LFA. It’s an idea that has been thrown around for years and now Pistonheads has run a story that suggests a GS-F is being considered very seriously within Lexus.

There are some major hurdles of course. Cost is the big one as that new V10 is not cheap. They figure it would add $50-60K to the price of the GS making it far more expensive that its European competitors. Sound DOA based on that alone, but count on the Lexus faithful to keep the rumors circulating for a another couple of years.”

Source:  Pistonheads vis Lexusenthusiast

New 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder Preview [PICS]

2011 Boxter Spyder

2011 Boxster Spyder

“Porsche released details and photos on the latest iteration of the wildly popular Boxster line. The new model, dubbed the Boxster Spyder, clearly has the high-performance enthusiast in mind. The new model weighs only 2,811 pounds – 176 pounds less than a Boxster S – thanks to the elimination of the regular convertible top. The conventional articulating power top has been replaced by a fabric tonneau-like cover that looks to be intended for unexpected showers. The six-cylinder boxer engine gets a 10 horsepower boost over the Boxster S to 320 hp, while a stiffer suspension lowers ride height by 20mm. Lower side windows and a twin-cowl rear deck lid gives a sportier, Carrera GT or 911 Speedster look. The price? A cool $61,200, about $4,500 more than a Boxster S and it’s due to hit showrooms in February, 2010.”

This has to be the best looking Boxster yet.  Of course adding some horsepower and shedding some pounds never hurts either.

2011 Porsche Boxter Spyder

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Spy Video: 2011 Toyota FT-86 on the Nurburgring

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