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I have no regets, but I did ride along on a test drive in a new GT this weekend. I refused to take the driver's seat, just in case I found cause to hate myself....
Anyways, The two cars were much more similar than I expected. I could feel a difference in the spring rates. Cornering was more confident with the larger diameter wheels. Traction in a turn was clearly improved with the 19" wheels over the 17" (duh).
Braking was nearly identical. We decided the lighter V6 makes better use of the brakes. Both cars had the same brake equipment.
Acceleration from 1200 rpm wasn't so different, but the added torque made it's self apparent as the tach passed 3k. After 4000 rpm, it was a different world. This is something to think about. These cars really were designed to be docile around town in everyday driving (below 3000 rpm). You really can live down there in both cars, even amid freeway traffic. If you aren't prone to make every gear change like you're coming off pit road at Daytona, then the V6 is a very easy choice to live with. If you aren't happy unless you grin pulling away from every light, then you would drive the V8 and find plenty of reason to regret the V6. The V6 does actually have enough power to get away from you if you have a lapse in attention while hammering on it in the wrong conditions. The V8 is better described as having enough power to exceed most driver's skill level and get them into situations they have never faced before. Everyone can learn, but the forgiveness quotient is quite a bit shorter in the V8.
One thing that did surprise me, they sound amazingly similar from the cabin. Not the same, but clearly related.
After a long ride in the passenger seat, we compared some notes and I came away thinking the difference in the monthly payment was about equal to the difference in straight line performance, but not worthwhile in my case. I did not see any justification for the added expense in any category aside from pure acceleration. I'll keep mine...
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Yes. I do regret the V6 purchase for one reason. I am a former owner of 2 1970 Boss 302's and didn't think I could stand the ADM of the new ones. Now MSRP and soon below sticker.
I procharged,headers, high flow cats and X pipe,gears,control arms,watts link,shifter,driveshaft and 3 appearance mods and am thinking about selling my 2011 V6 PP car.
The car handles great and is a very low 12 second car, possibly high 11's although I have never raced it. (I am comparing to others with a similar set up)
It may be as fast as the Boss? Maybe a little bit quicker? who knows.
I love the car but have an opportunity to purchase a 69 Boss 302 that is fairly priced and in fair to good condition. I have been doing collision and restoring and doing paint work for 30 years so I can do all of this car my self which helps. The only way I can buy the Boss is to sell my car.
Did some EDITING, The 2013 Boss is not my highesty priority
I love the car but have an opportunity to purchase a 69 Boss 302 that is fairly priced and in fair to good condition. I have been doing collision and restoring and doing paint work for 30 years so I can do all of this car my self which helps. If I sell it, I buy the 69 and sell that I can go a long way toward paying for a 2013 Boss in Grabber blue. BTW I have a dealer that will sell it to me 1K over his cost. That helps also.
Sounds like a win-win, but I remember long ago when you first bought your car, didn't you purchase it for the intent of saving on gas?
v8 is awsome the insurance sucks for one .but worth it ,the v6 is competive but the v8 has alot better transmission and sounds alot nicer than the v6 ,dont get me wrong i love both cars if i had the option to buy either one i go with the v8 all the way
Re insurance sucks, not here as I pay under 500.00 per year full coverage and it's not a GT. Yahoo for me I guess
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I like my V-6, has plenty of excitement for driving around town. I would have bought a 5.0 but I promised my Pony to my daughter when she turns 16 ( 4 years from now). I will probably do some mild mods later down the road but have to be careful not to make it too fast.
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