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I will say... I've only been so-so of an American muscle fan, a lot of it is hit or miss, and very little is any good when there is a curve in the road, but jesus that new 5.0L mustang really seems to show the current BMW M3 what's up. Not sure how Motor Trend can justify something like a 0.1 second "win" to the M3, especially when the Mustang is $25k less... very interesting.I use to like the current Camaro, but they are every where, and when I saw, what, 4 of them either catch on fire or scatter their engines at the Grand-Am Continental race in NJ (on TV, wasn't there) I was a little disappointed.Dodge Challenger isn't even an also-ran in my book.
You are familiar with the front end of an e46 I assume... Take a gander at the 05+ mustang front end assembly:http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/attachments/2005-2010-mustang-gt-tech/33361d1190169028-2005-mustang-gt-front-rear-suspension-diagrams-needed-front-suspension-exploded-view.pdf
If you are going to copy a suspension that works but is also able to be produced cheaply, at least copy a good one, and they did. Nothing really magical about the BMW strut suspension, but it works.
Quote from: Mark Aubele on September 08, 2010, 06:45:49 PMIf you are going to copy a suspension that works but is also able to be produced cheaply, at least copy a good one, and they did. Nothing really magical about the BMW strut suspension, but it works.Yeah.... Point being - it is in most ways the same. Not a knock, just a fact. So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the new GT compares well to the M3. The mustang is lighter and makes more power and has basically the same suspension, so handling (after it's been refined over the past few versions) should also be comparable. And it is.
Most of us here autocross. In fact there are now two current SCCA National Champions on this very site. I'm one (and have more than one). I also own a Mustang--a 2011. It's what I won F-stock in @ Nationals. Prior to that I had a 2007 GT, and ran my best friend's 2007 Shelby GT to the previous 3 championships. You could do worse than a 2011, I love mine. Anyway, welcome to the site.
Still don't have a car yet:( Been shopping for a BMW all day... trying to decide between an e46 m3 or e39 M5... Seriously frustrating. October or bust.
Lol, in a family of chevy owners I don't think that's an option.
Lol, I can defend myself in that territory, I know it well.
It's economics. I have one set of standard sockets, but an entire garage full of metric and BMW specialty tools:). Even have a BMW diagnostic tool.
You're aware that US cars have used Metric fasteners since like the mid eighties, right?Mark