I agree, the GT is best seen as capable of being a very good road car, the costs of bringing it up to the levels of some of the competition are prohibitive....mine has a remap-Quaife, eibach ARB's,bilstien B12's,a stage one clutch,swirl flap delete,egr delete and a de-cat down pipe...phew try saying that lot in one breath..!
as a result it's lots of fun ,very economical has good comfort levels and gorgeous looks. It's now IMO a really great GT car with range of around 700 miles, there is some fun to be had on the right roads and effortless overtaking in 3rd gear upwards and it easily carries four people and their cases.
I do plan to upgrade the brakes with some friction pads soon...as even for everyday driving the pagids on it are not up to the task in some situations.
to be a track car it would also need a hybrid turbo,FMIC,a custom and free flowing exhaust and considerable upgrades to discs,calipers and pads...and maybe water meth injection.
I too have a fiat coupe 20v turbo and have to say its a far more suitable car for converting to a track day car, gearing and general handling are better in stock form and with forged internals it can be made to push out ridiculous amounts of power, the viscodrive is a great system and handles the torque very well considering the age of the car.
however, alfadoit is undertaking the task in order to push the envelope and see what the GT is really capable of, if absolutely every aspect of it is looked at,I think he may well just do it. is it cost effective, well no of course not but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done if you have the desire and funds to do it.
there are several cars that would have been much quicker in stock form than my GT but I didn't ant to drive around in the same thing as everyone else, hence the decision was made to spread the budget across purchase cost and mods.
you pays your money and makes your choice...
no boring audi,merc or bmw here!