Friday, November 5, 2010

Sixteenth vehicle

2011 VW GTI (Autobahn package)
Carbon steel Gray - exterior
Titan Black Leather - interior
6 speed manual
200 HP / 207 TQ
18" Detroit wheels
Xenon (AFS)
Navigation - touch screen
Dynaudio - touch screen
Sunroof, Bluetooth, etc.
GTI Carpet Mats
K&N Drop-in airfilter
Great all around car for the money.

Fifteenth Vehicle

2009 Mazdaspeed3 Gran Turismo
Mica Black exterior
Black Alancatra/Leather interior
Bose Audio
6 speed
MS Factory Cold Air Intake
Hotchkis F&R anti-sway Bars

Bought this lighter car with better power to weight ratio to also be a track car. But, the economy was slow and the tires were a bad size 215/45/18, in which no R-compound track tires were available. This keep me from actually getting the vehicle on the track before I sold it. Definitely a fast car, but also a bit soul-less.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fourteenth Vehicle

2007 Acura TL Type-S
Black exterior
Tan interior
Automatic with paddle shifter manual mode feature
3.5L V6 286 HP / 258 TQ
Stock - Front Brembo brakes
DVD Audio
Back-up camera

Third Track Vehicle - One Track event at TWS 2.9 Mile road course. Car did pretty well for it's power to weight ratio and on street Yoko S-drives. Weight definitely a negative factor at the track.

Thirteen Vehicle

My career once again dictated a change. Had to have a 4-door sedan for work. Traded the VW R32 at a Saab dealership for a new 2006 Aero. Good looking, but soul-less vehicle. Virtually no aftermarket parts available for it. Resale value concerns also started becomimg a factor.

2.8L V6, Turbo   250 HP/258 TQ
Black exterior
Tan leather - two tone interior
5/6speed manual

Twelfth Vehicle

Sold the Red GTI when given another company car. Drove the company Taurus/Sable around for a few years. The day that I turned in the company car, was driven straight to the VW dealer.

2004 VW R32
3.2L V6, 6 speed
4-wheel drive (Like the Audi)
Black Exterior
Black Leather interior
Monsoon Radio
Koenig sport seats

Great exhaust note, good power, comfort, exclusivity, and resale value.

Eleventh Vehicle

2.8L V6, 5 speed   174 HP/181 TQ
Flash Red exterior
Black leather interior

Second track car - Added Neuspeed ECU, Neuspeed Race springs, Bilstein Sport Shocks, Front/Rear/Tower anti-sway bars. Used same Yoko A032R tires that fit the Audi on track days.
Embarassed many drivers of far more expensive and exclusive vehicles on the road course. Go under dogs.

Tenth Vehicle

Had a Jeep Cherokee Ltd. as a company car for a few years. After resigning that position went straight to Don McGill Audi and got the following.

1998 Audi A4 Quattro
2.8L V-6, 30 Valve   190 HP / 208 TQ
Sable Brown Metallic - exterior
Fawn leather - interior
5 speed Manual

First track vehicle - added ECU chip, Eibach springs, Bilstein HD shocks, Front/Rear/Tower anti-sway bars and YOKO A032R tires.

Ninth Vehicle

Honda Civic LX - 4 door 1988
Metallic gray exterior
Lite gray velour-like cloth interior
3 speed automatic (I think)
Bought new

This was a vehicle bought for basic, low maintenace, work transportation. It performed flawlessly as such.

Eighth Vehicle

Honda CRX - 1984 (maybe)
Blue exterior / Blue/back interior
Manual - 5 speed
Bought used

Seventh Vehicle - Had 2 wheels

Kawasaki Ninja 600 - 1986 Red / White / Blue color theme

Sixth Car

Volkswagen GTI - 1986 (I think)
Black exterior
Charcoal/Gray cloth interior
5 speed, decent stock stereo
102 HP / 2300 #

Was in college and don't remember too much about this car, except that it was a bit more comfortable than my original GTI. Sold it to a graduating Fraternity brother who got several more years out of it.