I know everyone out there has their favourite type of car, and brand loyalty is important. Heck, if I wanted an econo-box, I would have bought another Honda. I've had a series of second, third, 4th hand cars over the last 17 years and finally decided to get the car I've wanted since I was 16. So anyway a buddy of mine who's Acura all the way invites me out so he can see the Mustang and take it for a drive. Back when we were teens, he owned a '74 Mustang Ghia that, unfortunately, wasn't in the best shape.
Buddy is the know it all type, always has to have the "best" stuff or at least the impression that he has the best stuff and is uber-insecure. Buddy now drives a 2003 Acura TL 3.6L V6, just for reference, and hasn't stopped crowing about it since he got it last year. Cutting down my previous car, "When are you going to get something decent, etc, etc." I'm the type that drives cars into the ground, I like to get my money's worth and previous to the Mustang, every car I've owned has been paid for in cash. This guy had a perfectly good 1996 Acura Integra, in excellent shape and got rid of it only because it was getting up in mileage. He buys the TL, and has the transmission replaced within 3 weeks because it shredded on him.
So Sunday night I'm out there and he's driving The Redeemer around town and isn't really being complimentary towards her. "It's nice, performs similar to my TL, etc etc." I get an condescending email yesterday morning where he says the car is very "cute", but his TL still outperforms it. Talk about handing down a Declaration of War. The internet is a great resource and I found some interesting published specs. (I welcome any corrections if these are not right, and I apologize for Metric measurements.)
2003 Acura TL
DOHC V6 3.6L Engine. 225 HP, 216 ft/lbs Torque..
1585 KG Curb Weight
0-100 KPH Accelleration (As tested by Motor Trend) 7.4 Seconds
2006 Mustang V6 Pony
SOHC V6 4.0L Engine. 210 HP, 240 ft/lbs Torque.
1659 KG Curb Weight
0-100 KPH Accelleration (As tested by Motor Trend) 5.1 Seconds.
I then replied with a mock challenge to race for pinks if he thought our cars had similar performance. Considering mine has 15 less horses, and weighs 74 more Kilos, I point that out and then get another email accusing me of being a jackass. I don't know about you guys, but I'm not the one who threw down the gauntlet here, and I simply responded with published specs. So I decided to get cheeky. I told my buddy that a better comparison against his TL would be a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 as it also boasts a 0-100 KPH time of 7.4 seconds.
Boy was he mad when I called his ride an Acura Escort... :happyhapp
End result was pretty funny though, he declined to race and hasn't said a word about the Mustang since. Money talks and bull$hit walks.
**EDIT** I just got this reply from him on email!
Your statement that my car is similar to an escort is ludicrous. And if I wanted a Mustang I would buy one but I don't, Covetousness has nothing to do with it.
I don't know guys, this sounds a lot like "I can do that, but I don't wanna."