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Originally Posted by retrosix View Post
GT is gonna be ridiculous out of the box, the 2.3 is gonna take some extra tweaking and cash. id prefer to not mess with it and get 400 hp to the wheels from the factory.
You're not gonna get 400 to the wheels direct from the factory, but I still wholeheartedly agree with your premise

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I have a 444HP 302 and a 305HP V6. I think it's a pretty good analogy.

The V8 has the rumble, ability to snap you back in your seat, and pulls forever.

The 6 is accelerates respectfully, is easy to whip around, and gets 30 MPG.

Sounds like the 2.3T will have about the same HP as the '11+ V6, better torque and better sound. It's probably not gonna snap you back in your seat, but will probably get you closer to the 50/50 weight distro, and let you skip every 4th fill up you'd have with the 5.0.

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I'm not too sure the mpg wouldn't drop like a stone after you start modding the 4. At least that was my experience with turbo cars from the 80s.

The $7000 and weight savings with the 4 may not really be valid either. When I bought mine in 08 people were saying what a value the V6 was price and weight-wise but the comparison was apples to oranges. You got A LOT tougher parts such as the trans and diff plus more standard equipment with the GT, starting with the bigger wheels. The actual difference was minuscule price-wise and I think the 4.6 3v fulled dressed engine weighed a whopping 20lbs more than the iron 4.0. And whether you use it or not, a 3 year warranty (actually 5 on the powertrain) has monetary value. I know all this because I bought the V6 and put a Procharger on it at 14k miles.

Now I don't know what the specific differences are between the 2 as of right now and it really doesn't matter. This time around I'm getting a base GT and putting a supercharger system on that as well.

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