Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: 250km West of Perth
My little traffic light fight
Well, went to Perth for the weekend and for whatever reason the old S pack seems to be really going well lately, on the 250km trip to Perth I even made the comment to my GF that I was overtaking in 5th and she agreed that over the last week she thought it had noticably more grunt also.
Anyway, arrive in Perth, am on the Reid highway (100km/h zone) and beside me pulls up a VU SS manual, he gives it a rev and gently rolls forward, I figure with the way the S pack is going I might as well have a crack at him, expecting to get blown away, anyway, I dial up about 3000rpm, slip it into first and away we go, I get away from with line with just a quick flash of the traction control light (I forgot to turn it off) anyway, I am actually in front of this guy as I begin to hear the roar of the big V8 coming up along side, I flat change into second as the TC light gives another little flash, holding it in second till the speed limit and the rev limiter in second gear which comes on at exactly 100km/h.
I was about one car length infront of the ute as we hit the speed limit and I got off the gas as I havent got enough points to speed. Anyway this guy keeps the mighty Gen3 flat and screams past like a bat out of hell, he must have kept it flat as he took off down that freeway at i reckon over 200kmh.
I am not for a second saying that a V6 S pack will beat a manual VU Gen3 however I think it was my driving that beat him as he wasnt prepared for the clutch dumping flat changing driver next to him and Ive said it before and I'll say it again the manual S pack is pretty quick package from 0-100 due to the way it's geared, Infact with a light load of fuel I would say it would be good for close enough to a flat 7.0 seconds. I know its alot quicker than my old EBXR8 and that did 15.3 second 1/4. However over 100kmh the old commy really starts to struggle and by 160 she is almost totally out of steam.
Car's I have owned. First car purchased in July 1994, in order of ownership.
VC Valiant 245Hemi, 280zx Nissan 5 speed, 88 EA 3.9CFI,94 ED Gli X Chaser, 79 FC LTD, 351, FMX, 91 EA2 Fairmont Ghia, 1999 AU S pack, 2000 AU Forte, 1992 EB2 XR8, 2001 AU2 SR, 2002 VX2 Acclaim, 2002 VX2 Manual S pack,2003 BA XR6 manual, 2001 VX2 Berlina.