I hope the “real” 700 Club initiates legal action because I used the term. It would be consistent with narrow-minded self-righteousness to go after me and my little blog that, as of now, has not put a single penny in my pocket. Have I ever mentioned that I loathe blind adherence to any ideology? <end sarcasm> In any event, my blog and I could use the publicity.
What I am talking about is my 2016 Corvette Z06 now has 700+ HP and 700+ LB/FT of torque after having had intake and exhaust modifications. I want to thank Josh at HPA for taking care of me and my car. I wish I could say I had the same pleasant experience dealing with the creator and publisher of Action! PC Football.
So, how much did I pay for the work? Well, let me say that at the midpoint of the range in expected horsepower gain I paid about $28 for each added HP. For torque that number is about $24 for each added LB-FT. I think the effort is well worth that expense. The car does sound a little meaner and louder as well, not that it was a shrinking violet before.
Of course, it’s been less than 24 hours since the work has been completed and I don’t want to declare victory lest I damage my karma, not that I really believe in such a thing. I do believe that I am not blessed with good luck on a day-to-day basis as I described here. I guess being the child of Holocaust survivors makes it impossible to expect the best.
Obviously, that’s a picture of my car which now belongs to the 700 Club. I hope my car doesn’t actually belong to THAT 700 Club at any point in the future.
Does anyone reading have any thoughts to offer on the new Toyota Supra? From Classic Cars a picture:
I saw one in person at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January of 2019. To me, the car has a multiple-personality look in that it looks good from some angles and not so good from others. From the same article a picture that is less than flattering, in my opinion.
Of course, this generation Supra is basically a BMW. This car and the new BMW Z4 share the same architecture and are built on the same assembly line in Graz, Austria. The engine, designed and built by BMW, is a turbocharged inline-six of 3 liters in displacement (182 cubic inches) that produces 335 HP/365 LB-FT of torque, allegedly. The only available transmission is an 8-speed, dual-clutch ZF automatic. I wrote “allegedly” about the engine output because many stories have appeared on the Internet claiming that Toyota is really understating the power of this car.
At between $50,000 and $55,000–depending on options, of course–the Supra is a relatively inexpensive way to get in a performance car. From the Classic Cars article referenced above, here is a brief passage about driving the car in Sport mode:
“…Once under way again in Sport, I immediately noticed a change in the exhaust tone. The throttle and steering responses were sharper, and the suspension stiffened. It was as if the car had gotten a shot of adrenaline, a gulp of Red Bull or a double espresso. It became a hunting dog on scent. Buckle up, Buttercup, now we’re going for a drive!”
“Suddenly, the Supra felt lighter, more eager, and except for the engine out front instead of mid-ship, the dynamics reminded me of the Cayman S.”
“Particularly impressive was the way that, in Sport mode, the 8-speed gearbox handled the descent off Mount Charleston, knowing how to hold gears, shifting as you would with a manual, so you could actually drive rather than ride brakes down the hill and around the curves.”
One of these is not in my future, but Toyota deserves praise for selling a non-boring performance car. Once again, I welcome thoughtful comments about the Supra or about almost any topic. Thanks.
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