Re: GT-P AUTO test drive- lack of reel RUSH!
I would think that the major difference in performance would be the Auto Vs Manual rather than Gt Vs GT-P. The GT-P is marginally heavier than the GT but for all other parameters that would effect straight line go they are identical. I chose the GT-P (manual) over the GT (Note that more GT-P's sold than GT's) for the extra creature comforts. The GT-P is a car that can be driven and enjoyed like a luxury car or driven hard like a genuine muscle car, almost two distinct personalities.
The real joy of a GT-P is country touring. I recently drove from Melbourne up into the Snowy Mountains. In the steep and winding roads up in the snowys it performed just magic. No need to push hard, just squeeze the accelerator and let the torque of the Boss 290 propel the car easily up the steepest sections. No problems either with the seemingly endless downhill sections, the Bembros just keep on performing without any hint of fade. These cars deliver the true Grand Touring experience, I think it is a mistake to get too wrapt up in 0-100 or ¼ mile performance, these cars are GT’s not street racers.