GSX vs Mustang GT

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I will soon be purchasing a 2nd gen mitsubishi GSX once i can find a 5 spd in good condition and bone stock. My friend owns a manual 2000 mustang gt with the 4.6 engine and an intake putting it at 280 hp is what he tells me. My question is can a 2nd gen GSX with a turbo upgrade and intake compete with this gt?

posted by  EPerkins

If you can drive it, yes

Are you buying a car just to compete with him?

posted by  newyorker

It's not about having just a turbo upgrade but also having the supporting mods to bring the power out of the turbo. Just throwing a 50 trim and an intake into the car isn't gonna work. If you do everything correctly and have the budget to do it with you'll be able to compete against more then your friends slow mustang.

posted by  Spanky2324

Alright thanks for the advice. What would you say would be the best setup to increase the performance of the car and still make it suitable for a daily driver? Im 16 so this will only be my second car and in reply to the first question no im not buying it to compete with him. I decided on this car when i was looking for a more practical car than my camaro. I wanted something capable of being high performance, able to handle the weather conditions in my area as well as terrain, and still give me good gas milage. And the gsx fit what I was looking for perfectly.

posted by  EPerkins

I wouldn't go into saying the GSX is the most practical car.

posted by  Spanky2324

Yea if you want something reliable buy an older Subaru...

posted by  newyorker

Okay im getting the gsx because its awd and it snows where i live in the winter and the roads go over hills and turns. Im also getting it because it gets over 20 mpg which is fine with me. But the key point is because I love how they look and I dont like the look of the subaru.

posted by  EPerkins

And yes I understand that subarus have AWD too but like I said I want this car, its the one i like, and its the one I want to work on. But thank you both for the advice.

posted by  EPerkins

AWD is not going to save your life. Just because you have awd doesn't mean shit. You sound like the cocky kid I seen in a Subaru on the freeway. It was raining hard and he was swerving in and out of traffic till one time he almost spun out and hit the wall while swerving into the lane.

posted by  Spanky2324

I couldn't agree more.

posted by  DARKtEAGLE

Well that sucks to be him. Its a good thing I don't drive like that because Im not interested in trying to prove something about myself through the use of a vehicle to compensate for personal shortcomings. If I were to drive fast it would be on a track and for fun not to make up for my insecurities. I want the car because I needed an alternative to the camaro for winter weather. Thank you once again for the advice though.

posted by  EPerkins

If you've got a million dollars go for an audi a4. My brother has a '97 for his winter car and he loves it. Although it just cost him $650 in labor alone for a clutch, he still thinks it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
And as far as winter driving is concerned. Good tires make the ride. RWD FWD AWD, none mean shit unless you've got good rubber.

posted by  DBain

That doesn't make sense compared to your first post asking about competing with a mustang.

posted by  newyorker

It does make sense because if youll look at that post you will see that I said it would be "on the track". Not swerving in and out of traffic on the highway. And it would be for the fun of competition, not to prove how "fast and furious" I am like some vin diesel wannabe's......

posted by  EPerkins

Oh sorry. I just looked at my original post and saw that I forgot to put "on the track" I've posted this question in another forum and I included that fact. But yes, If I am to race this mustang or any other car, it will be on the track legally. 1. because street racing is dangerous to others and could kill innocent people. 2. because street racing is illegal. 3. because racing someone on the track is as accurate as you can get to finding your car's performance combined with your own skill. I see a lot of people who get a good highway "kill" when the other person wasn't even racing. When you race on the track, you know its legit.

posted by  EPerkins

How about you look at your own posts:


There's nothing wrong with competition, it just seems like you're going at it wrong. Don't get all butthurt by us; we're the nice ones.

Now, onto some useful info. If you're 16 and your friend is 16-17-18ish, experience will make better improvements than an upgraded turbo ever will, unless you're just hitting the drag strip. If you REALLY want to be faster, I suggest saving your money and spending it on attending a race school over the summer, or just go to every single SCCA race you can enter.

I'd bet a fair amount on a knowledgable driver in a Geo against a new driver in a Mustang if there are any twisties.

posted by  giant016

Well thank you. I didn't mean to come across as pissy I just wanted people to know that im in this to learn and that I'm not like the stereotypical teenager that wants to show off a car that he can't handle at speeds above his skill level. Too many of my friends have wrecked for me to have that attitude. I have been considering a driving school because my friend's dad attended a very good one and has told me how tremendously it has helped his ability to handle a car at fast speeds. I want to do everything legit, the right way, and with the right attitude. Thank you all for the help and I apologize to newyorker for any attitude ive given him in any thread. Like I said im here to learn and do things right.

posted by  EPerkins

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