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Had a 10 hour, 850km drive today from the Island of Shikoku where I was working, back up to Tokyo. I started at 4AM to miss traffic so the first 4-5 hours were uneventful, but as I got into the mountain roads of the Chuo Expressway I had three challengers over about a 3 hour period - made the drive a lot more fun! And each time the GTA emerged victorious, I became a little more impressed with the amazing depth this car displays!

A few highlights:

1) Legacy Blitzen with lowered suspension and muffler change - beautiful red color just like my 147. All of a sudden I saw his car closing in quickly. The road was pretty empty, so I thought I'd see what he had - floored in in 4th doing about 120kph - he just couldn't keep up. We played around for a good 20-30km before he got off, but never once did he get close. I was impressed though, with the flat stance of the car through curves and lane changes. With the best AWD system available he probably would have had a much better shot in the rain, but it was a beautiful day, bringing another laurel to the GTA...

2) Mercedes S55 AMG - this guy was just plain rude. Lots of traffic so everyone is going about 90-100kph on a two lane section, and he just gets right on the tail of car after car, flashing his lights to make them get out of the way - I totally clobbered an E55 in a 321hp M3 a few years back, so I thought I'd see how well a 250hp GTA would hold up. First he gets right on my tail and flashes me - rather than get out of the way I just gently let my foot off the gas forcing him to slow down, and then when a space opened up between the two lanes I just floored it and blasted away. He tried to keep up but couldn't - he was just about on my tail again when traffic slowed us down - I went around the traffic using the open truck lane but he didn't follow. He continued to flash people to get out of the way and was eventually on my tail again, but never passed me - this went on for about 10 miles, with me always ahead until the very end when I chose the wrong lane in a tunnel - I know the S55 is a faster, more powerful car than the GTA, guess it was just the driver...

3) Burnt Orange Fiat Punto Abarth HGT - first one I'd ever seen and it was a beauty! Lowered suspension, big muffler (too big in my opinion - it ruined the very nice looking body kit). I was already cruising at about 140kph up a long hill, a good 20-30kph faster than most of the traffic, when I caught sight of the HGT closing fast - I speeded up to about 180, but he still stayed with me! We ran into a few cars of traffic that temporarily slowed us to about 100kph, so I thought, OK, lets see how much power he really has. Once the traffic cleared (we were still on the hill), I dropped into 3rd and floored it - the effect was amazing! I had 20-30 car lengths on him in a matter of seconds! We raced and played with each other for probably 100km of road (once in awhile I'd let him ahead to start), but in whatever condition, the amazing torque of the GTA always put me on top by a large margin.

All in all a fun day, and another three feathers in the cap of a wonderful, beautiful, well-rounded Italian sports car!

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Sounds like a dream drive Charlie.....very very :cool:
I take it your 147 is keeping you smiling then... :confused:
 
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Sounds like you had a good day driving. Hope you are feeling very smug, think how much more the guy with the AMG paid that you for your GTA.

I had a Merc flash his lights at me once to get out the way when I had a Lancia delta integrale. I was only going slow as I had let an escort out to overtake a lorry on dual carriageway. Once the escort was back in, I pulled in infront of the Escort dropped into 4th let him get along side me, waved at him and floored it :lol:

I loved that car, like the GTA those not in the know just thought it was a standard hatchback with a bodykit.
 

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I had a little play with a new shape convertible M3 the other day across the A414 from harlow to the A1. Very evenly matched the cars were,I think a hardtop M3 would have eaten me alive but th erag top weighs more so it was very even APART from the brakes...... OMG, when hot the standard 305mm GTA brakes faqde very easily, I had one of those heart in mouth foot on the floor 'is it going to stop' moments.....

On a seperate note had a blat with an EVO 7 in the Integrale the other day - mid range type driving, 3rd and 4th gear long sweeping bends.. he couldnt keep up in 3rd, but 4th he was all over me. Not bad given my car is 89 and his 2003!
 

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Oh Charlie, Charlie... :rolleyes: I want a GTA! Buuuaaaa!!!! :(

Very nice reading! :cool: Thank you! :)
 

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Alfa20V said:
Sounds like a dream drive Charlie.....very very :cool:
I take it your 147 is keeping you smiling then... :confused:
I've had a lot of nice cars over the years, but I've never owned one that was good in as many different ways as my GTA. On the drive I described above, I would have to say that I think it was also the Selespeed system that gave me a bit of an edge. I ALWAYS had the right gear, and ALWAYS made a perfect and fast shift.

And since I changes the intake pipe, the sound she makes under full throttle acceleration is now close to the high shriek wail of a Ferarri - what a car!

A few days earlier on the 850km drive down to to Shikoku I met a friend on the road (who was also teaching with me down there) - he drives a BMW 530 Wagon. We played tag for a few hours with me sometimes leading, him sometimes leading, blasting our engines bewteen the speed traps and up hills, but it was always clear that the GTA was far and away the faster car. When we finally stopped for coffee, he laughed for a good 5 minutes as he raved about how good (and beautiful my car was). Nice!
 

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alfa155_irl said:
i presume u were more friendly when u were racing the Punto :)
Nah - I was friendly to all of them (except that rude Benz!). It's just that I found myself spending alot more time checking out the hopped up Punto (the burnt orange and body kit were superb!).
 

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Sounds like you had a lot of fun.I too am still amazed at the torque of the GTA in the higher gears.I find myself effortlessly skimming through amber traffic lights while cruising in 4th gear with just a slight tap on the throttle.
I wish i had more opportunities to take on other cars in a safe and responsible manner but Sydney these days is becoming ever more laden with traffic and bad drivers :rant:
 

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jozza said:
Sounds like you had a lot of fun.I too am still amazed at the torque of the GTA in the higher gears.I find myself effortlessly skimming through amber traffic lights while cruising in 4th gear with just a slight tap on the throttle.
I wish i had more opportunities to take on other cars in a safe and responsible manner but Sydney these days is becoming ever more laden with traffic and bad drivers :rant:
9 days out of 10, that describes what I face as a driver in Tokyo (which is the reason I finally broke down and bought my first non-manual), it just makes me so happy though, that as good as this car is in Tokyo traffic, it is like a thoroughbred biting at the bit anytime I get out of the city. Sidney strikes me as the same kind off city - if you can get 20-30km out of town in any direction, you must have plenty of fun roads to enjoy!
 

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What I like about the original post here is the frankness and honesty - years of "speed kills" propoganda in the UK mean that if you post something similar on a UK-only forum, even if it was on deserted mountain roads, you'll get flayed alive by all sorts of holier-than-thou types claiming you are a child killer. Enjoying our cars just doesn't seem acceptable any more. It has even been known for the police to monitor forums and bring successful prosecutions from comments made! I feel I was born too late :(
 

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What I like about the original post here is the frankness and honesty - years of "speed kills" propoganda in the UK mean that if you post something similar on a UK-only forum, even if it was on deserted mountain roads, you'll get flayed alive by all sorts of holier-than-thou types claiming you are a child killer. Enjoying our cars just doesn't seem acceptable any more. It has even been known for the police to monitor forums and bring successful prosecutions from comments made! I feel I was born too late :(
I was stunned a few weeks back to read about this (that the police monitor forums about speeding). Seems like anything that is fun anymore is either against the law or heavily frowned upon. Well, I work my bu** off almost every day of the year, and think that when things are done in moderation and with consideration of others, that everyone should just live and let live. I like fast cars, cuban cigars and single malt scotches - and I like to meet people and share stories with those interested in the same things. Screw the thought police (especially Bush and his cronies)! Life is too short to waste worrying about all the an*l retentives trying to find new ways to steal the joy out of life....
 

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GTACharlie said:
Nah - I was friendly to all of them (except that rude Benz!). It's just that I found myself spending alot more time checking out the hopped up Punto (the burnt orange and body kit were superb!).
tbh in any situation like that i find it very difficult to feel 'friendly' to any German car eheh
 

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alfa155_irl said:
tbh in any situation like that i find it very difficult to feel 'friendly' to any German car eheh
BMWs and Porshes are OK in my book (though from what I read on this forum, drivers of such cars are much different in Europe than they are in Japan), Benz drivers are, however, mostly a bunch of arrogant, rude, and dangerous jerks...
 

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LakeM said:
Excellent post GTACharlie. Makes me want to go out 'hunting' :cool:
Well, you sure are driving the right car for it! BTW, what kind of wheels you got there? The picture is a bit small, but they look great!
 
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