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Nice to see the Testarossa holding it's own

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by prancing_pony, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. prancing_pony

    prancing_pony Rookie

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    Had a 911 Carerra 4S right on my rear end as I exited a roundabout onto a section of dual carriageway this morning and decided to see how the old girl faired against more modern machinery.

    I was expecting the 911 to be all over the back of me but up to 85ish which is about as quick as I will go on the public road in the car the 911 was simply not as quick as I thought it would be. I was expecting to be passed easily.

    He eventually went past at quite a rate and it did sound bloody good with sports pipes on it.

    Anyway it was nice to see an older car hold it's own
     
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  3. steve f

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    even a porsche turbo will not beat a testarossa once its going at 40mph but from a standing start the porsche will leave you stopping and going round corners that is a problem in a testarossa
     
  4. prancing_pony

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    yes this was a straightline drag, don't know about the 512M gearing but 2nd in the Testarossa will take you up to 85/90 without needing a gear change

    In my experience it's the gear change that is always the 'iffy' bit when having some fun against other machinery, sometimes you get it right and next time you are looking for the next gear

    Still I love the Testarossa because you actually have to learn to drive the car with no electronics to help you, which for me is most of the fun, you just can't get in and drive the car, you have to learn it

    When you get it 'right' there is nothing better!

    Took the family out in the 'normal' car back to back with the Ferrari and crikey did it feel slow, I can see the appeal of the 'uberwagens' the pace of a Ferrari but with more than two seats!
     
  5. EK3R

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    A 996 4S really isn't quick at all. only 340bhp and all that weight / 4WD to contend with. Around corners is a different matter as it does go quite well in that repect obviously with the 4WD an PSM.

    Steve, I would wager that a 996TT X50 or a GT2 would humble a Testa in a straight line from any speed!
     
  6. noony

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    320hp ;)

    I think it's got one of the lowest power/weight ratios of any 996. Does look nice though.
     
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  8. stevep

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    they aint quick my 305bhp scooby eats em on tracks
     
  9. steve f

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    once my car gets to 60 and you floor it not much will beat it two lads on a fireblade and a r6 got a skock a few months ago thats when i got 185 on the speedo they pulled me up and could not believe that a car had beat them but from a standing start they would leave me for dead
     
  10. barabus

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    Top speed in 2nd gear is about 78MPH so if yours does 85/90 your doing bloody well :confused:
     
  11. steve f

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    he might have a tuned up speedo
     
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  13. prancing_pony

    prancing_pony Rookie

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    I was wondering if it was overeading but 2nd will take you to an indicated 85mph
     
  14. barabus

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    At what RPM are you doing that?

    Do you go through the Red line?
     
  15. prancing_pony

    prancing_pony Rookie

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    I can't say I remember going beyond the redline and I am sure that the car is definately exceeding 80mph before going for 3rd

    I might take it out tomorrow after I get back from work and see what the indicated speed is, pretty sure redline in 2nd equates to 85mph indicated though
     
  16. barabus

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    #13 barabus, Apr 10, 2005
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    It's possible your speedo's a little fast as the actual performance figures show 79MPH for 2nd gear.

    Here are the performance figures from Mark Hughes's book on the Ferrari Testarossa

    :D :D :D
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  17. steve f

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    got any for my car simon ???????
     
  18. prancing_pony

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    that is certainly interesting, I had a hunch the speedo was overreading but it's very difficult to judge how fast the car is going when you can only compare against a family saloon car with such a different ride height

    I am definately going out tomorrow to check what the speedo indicates in 2nd at the redline now just to satisfy my curiousity
     
  19. barabus

    barabus F1 Rookie

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    Fraid not , only know its top is 196MPH
     
  20. CraigW

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    Steve, i think you'd be surprised how quick the 996TT's are. We did some rolling starts at VMAX II and I'm sure the 996TT & the 512TR we had were pretty neck and neck until about 150 & the 996 was pulling away at that speed.
     
  21. prancing_pony

    prancing_pony Rookie

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    Had the day off today so took the Testa' for a spin. Took it to the redline in 2nd and hit 80mph so I guess the speedo is accurate

    question: why does everyone in an Imprezza Turbo think they are the quickest thing in 4 wheels? Had to give one a ***** slap this afternoon
     

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