Today I was at my parents house helping them out and my friend whom I sold my old 1990 Taurus SHO to came over to say hi. The SHO was my old sleeper to embarrass the hell out of Civics and most other rice burners, the thing runs with stock Audi S4's without much of a problem. I had my Mirage over there so I asked him if he wanted to run old vs. new...ish. A little back ground on the SHO motor for those who don't really know about them... well to say the least its probably the most empressive engine I've come across in a stock baseline car. The motor was produced by Yamaha and is a DOHC V6 which from the factory redlines at 7,200rpm. Needless to say I really do miss that car. He agreed to the race to compare them and honestly I thought I was going to get smoked. The SHO, like my car, is pretty much stock. My car is a 4G61T Mirage with a highflow cat, thats it.
We decided to run from 40mph so there wouldn't be as much wear on the clutches or tires. I ran up the stats in my head when we were both pulling at 40 next to each other waiting for him to do the three honk go. The biggest advantage I saw that he has is his car will pull from 40-68mph in second gear, I have to shift from second to third in that time. My advantage is a turbo, since we're running at over a mile high. The horn is honked and we both get on it, let me just say that the SHO sounds like a symphony when your next to it. When I had to kick from 2-3 I decided opposed to power shifting and risking blowing the tranny I'll try my luck at a fast double clutch and a slight slip into third to keep the boost up, success, he did not gain any ground on me during the shift. The whole time we've been running dead even, neither of us gaining ground on the other. When he kicked 3rd gear is when I hit 4th, I did gain a little ground on him there but other than that the run to 90mph was dead even. Needless to say I am very, VERY impressed with how well the Mirage did, though if we were at sea level or ran over 90 I'm pretty sure he would have had me in the end.
I'm glad my Mirage will keep up with my old car, at least I know I didn't down-grade.