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Default New 2006 GT. First Impressions

After about a week of owning my new 2006 GT... Here are my first thoughts.

I was surprised how sluggish the handling was. My 2009 V6 felt pretty light and nimble and I could swing it and drift it around corners. It handled really well just on the stock suspension. The GT feels a bit front heavy because of the bigger engine (obviously,) and just beefier all around. It feels SO much heavier. It just does not handle as well as my V6 did. That I am surprised about.

That is basically the only gripe I have. The power is incredible. It feels like WAY more than a 60 HP improvement over my modded V6. And the amenities are pretty neat I would take this GT over any V6 any day. I just wish there was a way I could get that sluggishness out of the handling. Lowering springs and some new suspension bits are definitely in order soon.

Pics of the new car coming soon!
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I think these types of cars are meant to go in a straight line anyways, leave the drifting to the tuners, and leave the dragging to the muscle cars.
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Considering the V6 had a cast iron block and the V8 is all aluminum I'm surprised there is that much of a weight difference on the front end.

Are the heads on the 6 iron or aluminum?
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it was built on the Lincoln LS platform...time to call UPR and start modding the suspension...a common Mustang upgrade
btw it's not the hp you feel, it's the torque...get some 3.73 gears and really have some fun
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A strut bar and frame connecters helped on my 07 GT.
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Considering the V6 had a cast iron block and the V8 is all aluminum I'm surprised there is that much of a weight difference on the front end.

Are the heads on the 6 iron or aluminum?

See that is why I was confused. I wasn't expecting this much of a boat.
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According to Wikipedia the non-convertible V6 has a curb weight of 3350 lbs, and the non-convertible GT is 3480 lbs. So only 130 pound difference. And that 130 lbs isn't all engine.

The heaviness you're feeling is due to the stiffer and tighter suspension of the GT, not the weight of the car. Stock GT's are not track cars, but they actually handle fairly well from the factory IMO. Give yourself a chance to get used to it before you start modding the suspension.
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After about a week of owning my new 2006 GT... Here are my first thoughts.

I was surprised how sluggish the handling was. My 2009 V6 felt pretty light and nimble and I could swing it and drift it around corners. It handled really well just on the stock suspension. The GT feels a bit front heavy because of the bigger engine (obviously,) and just beefier all around. It feels SO much heavier. It just does not handle as well as my V6 did. That I am surprised about.

That is basically the only gripe I have. The power is incredible. It feels like WAY more than a 60 HP improvement over my modded V6. And the amenities are pretty neat I would take this GT over any V6 any day. I just wish there was a way I could get that sluggishness out of the handling. Lowering springs and some new suspension bits are definitely in order soon.

Pics of the new car coming soon!
I noticed some of same in our new (to us) 2008 GT .... heavy feeling front end is a sign of understeer and it's a safer condition for most drivers, easier to correct (just ease up on throttle, no brake, steer more until speed is scrubbed off) than oversteer where the front feels lighter and the rear is easier "slung or drifted" around corners (and where some drivers are simply unable to catch it in time before the rear leads).


In 2001 we bought our '021 Mercury Grand Marquis, it had a standard suspension. It plowed awful when exiting interstate at ramps or diving into a corner on the back roads or BRParkway.
Stock was a 1" front sway bar and no rear bar.
It got 1-1/4" front and 1" rear Addco bars in 2002 at maybe 15K miles .... and it absolutely loves corners now, no heaviness at all .... very near neutral actually .... and is just so much more confident, capable feeling, and enjoyable in just "driving". No more wondering "is it gonna turn?" .... now it's like "WEEEEE". The bars helped even the Michelin stock tires, the Goodyear RS-As just made it even better. That's our "road trip" car, 2.73 rear, long legs, 27 mpg steady, and at only 68K it'll last a long time yet.

I have been thinking that maybe some day I will look at a just slightly fatter rear bar for the 2008.
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