Road Trip SE Ohio
Just went on a 500+ mile daytrip through the backroads of the SE Ohio countryside in my 5.0L/brembo/3.73. Ive had the car for about 8 months and this was the first time I discovered how awesome the brembos are, puttering around town doesn't do them justice. On my car anyway, the initial bite and braking power is soft but when you stay with it and press even harder, the stopping power is tremendous. Its a Jekyll and Hyde difference...turning in to the local 7-11 youre not going to tap in to that braking power but at 75, 85, 95 mph...push down on those brakes and anything loose in the car is going to go flying into the dash. Brakes don't squeal, shudder, unbalance the car or pull it left or right...just awesome immediate stopping power without any drama. Just about perfect brakes in my book.
3.73s were fine on the highway. If youre going to cruise at 120+mph for hours on end it may get noisy and fatiguing, but at 80-90-100 it was fine, stays under 3000rpm. The car is not mercedes benz/lexus quiet and serene at high speed, but with the windows up its remarkably quiet for a sports car.
I really like the navigation system/satellite radio/ipod capability, although it would be nice to be able to download pre-planned routes into it like with a portable garmin device for example. Its somewhat awkward plotting routes and managing waypoints on the screen itself (or maybe Im doing it wrong).
Another feature I like is the ability to disable the AdvanceTrak feature to tighten up the steering; I would guess 30-40% tighter...anyway its substantial and noticeable. Excellent feature for high speed driving.
Gas mileage? Who cares, its a 5.0L 412hp sportscar. (about 21 mpg interstate/backroads).
The car is a bit heavy for the type of tight curvy roads I found in SE Ohio, but it sure gobbles them up in a hurry. Passing is a non-event on the typical 2-lane backroads...so much torque in this engine.
The car told me a lot today that I didn't know about before...everything just works right on it. Its a pleasure to take on long distance drives. Hats off to the boys at Ford who put this amazing GT car together.
ps - anyone care to share pics/stories of some of their favorite driving roads?