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5th Generation Camaro

Old 07-25-2014, 03:57 PM
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5th Generation Camaro

Hello all,

It has been a while since I have been around here but I had a question a member or two could help me with.

I recently was driving back home from Rochester and a 2010+ Camaro RS paced me in my 2003 Saab 9-3. He hit it and pulled about a fender ahead as I dropped it into second. We started at around 35mph. I pulled on him as soon as the turbo spooled up and kept about a 2-3 car lead until I shut down around 80mph.

I pulled up next to him at the light and asked him to roll his window down. I told him good run and said he would have got me from a dig because he looked pissed and here I am in a Saab which doesn't say hey I had F-bodies before you were born written all over it.

What gives? Looking at their specs, I wouldn't have thought my car capable but I know he gave it all he had, I'm not new to cars. From front ends lifting and engine rpms whining you know when someone is on it.

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2003 Saab 9-3 Vector
2.0T B207R - 210hp & 221lbft
6-speed manual transmission
3,250lbs - Curb Weight
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Old 07-26-2014, 01:06 PM
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Re: 5th Generation Camaro

Looks like his 94 HP advantage wasn't enough to make up for the 500# weight disadvantage.
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Looking at the car specs, you would not think the Saab would take the Camaro.

1/4 mile times for the 5th gen Camaro V6 are 14.3-14.5 for the 6spd manual. Not sure how the auto performs.
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Some people can't drive. That would be more than enough to make up for the Camaro's small expected advantage here.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:55 AM
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I guess the weight could really have been the factor. He was likely heavier than I am and he had his passenger too. I would say my car likely was 600-650lbs lighter than his. I'm a small guy, 5'9" 160lbs. I didn't really think about that to be honest.

The knowledge level over on the Saab boards is so poor compared to here or Corral for the Mustangs, especially in terms of real world performance. They hang up on odd acceleration numbers too like 50-70mph I'm not sure how that works in a racing situation. Maybe, "man, from 0-49 you were killing me, but I started gaining back around 50 but after 71 you started to pull away again".

People have asked about modifying their car to which some reply it is fast enough. Is saying that still an automatic ban here?

I've honestly looked for another one to try to replicate the results, but no luck as of yet. I will be modifying my car within the next two months though and will be sitting at roughly 265hp and 280lbft of torque so I will not be looking to match these two cars at that point.
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