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What’s the Perfect Daily Driver/Track Car Combo?

Posted in Best of, Cool Stuff, General, Top of the Heap by MrAngry | July 25th, 2011 | 24 Responses |

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Ok Ladies and Gentlemen I need your help. I’ve been running myself ragged trying to figure out what car to buy as a combination daily driver/track car. You see I love my Dodge Magnum SRT8, but as a track weapon it’s a little too big and chubby for my needs. My criteria is as follows: I need at least 300 bhp/300 lb-ft of torque, it doesn’t matter if it’s two or four seats, its top speed must be no less than 150 mph and it can be no more than $30,000 with around 20 to 30 thousand miles on the clock if purchased used. Oh, and I must still be able to get a full coverage extended warranty from the manufacturer. Keep in mind that I’m a big guy and that I’m not a big fan of modifying anything other than suspension and brakes.

Ok… go!

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24 Responses

  1. ds440 says:

    WRX STI? 305hp/290lb-ft, top speed 155-158mph. $34k new. Plus, it will be able to handle those NY winters…

  2. Dude says:

    Exactly what I was thinking — STI.

  3. Pozz says:

    STi or Evo

  4. Todd says:

    Get a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 SRT with the 500 HP viper engine. A number of really nice ones on the used auto sites.

  5. BigRuss says:

    hmmmm a WRX wagon would come in a bit cheaper than an STI or Evo just because of its “uncool” nature…. also could consider an SRT4 Caliber if you can find one….

  6. MrAngry says:

    What do you guys think about a used Mustang 5.0 or a 2008 or better Corvette?

    • BigRuss says:

      not a big fan of the C6’s…. im sure you could pick up a C5 dirt cheap, pull the motor and replace it with the new LS9 and call it a damn day

  7. Unknown says:

    Agreed, STi. Actually, scratch that. If you get an STi, then thats one less STi in the world that I’ll be able to get in the future.

  8. TylerJ says:

    Ferrari FF

  9. Willhelm says:

    Porsche 914

  10. Set says:

    STi was the First thing I thought of, though an Evo wouldn’t be a bad choice, either.

  11. Djrosa says:

    now i dont know how much a BMW m5 goes for in america but with 4-500 bhp depending on what year it was made (ive found a couple of descent early 2000 models for about 20k$ here in sweden). otherwise you have the Audi RS models although these will probably set you back more than 30k$ atleast in sweden the audis keep their value better then BMW

  12. MrAngry says:

    My biggest concern with the Evo/Sti is that I’m not a huge fan of power-adders, be it either a turbo or supercharger. The M5, while a great car is simply too heavy (I used to have one), although something like an RS4 may fit the bill…

    • Djrosa says:

      now the RS4 B5 had a twinturbo v6 and that is the one that you could get for 20-30k now a B7 that had a V8 atleast here in sweden goes for 30-50k. and you also have to keep in mind that they are 4WD and really frontheavy so you will have to work to get any sort of oversteer

    • Paully W says:

      2008-2010 135i with the N54.

  13. alex says:

    Forget all of the above, you can pickup a brand new 5.0 for around 30,000$ and it would demolish an evo or an sti plus this “big v8″ outclasses both In highway mileage. so for all of the haters out there lets look at the facts.
    For 0-60 the evo and sti do it in around 4.9-5.2 seconds. mustang gt does it in 4.5-4.6.

    Well speed isn’t everything so how about road holding. The evo and sti can carry .92 and .89 g’s respectivly. the Mustang gt carries .94 g’s.

    Well how about brakes the two “factory race cars” should be good there right? well the evo and sti stop from 60mph-0 in around 112ft. the mustang gt does it in 109ft.

    Price? The mustang gt starts at 4000$ below the other two.

    So lets review.
    0-60:mustang
    road holding:mustang
    fuel economy:mustang
    brakes:mustang
    price:mustang

    the bottom line is unless you live in a region where AWD is a must and you want a car you can drive daily and take to the track the BEST budget option is the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0.

    So with this data ridelust can not deny that the best daily driver/track car combo is the 2011 mustang GT.

    • Djrosa says:

      now those numbers are impressive but im not sure they are accurate ive seen a 2010 mustang GT (not the same year i know but the difference cant be that big) that draged against a Stock 2010 EVO 10. and as for side G that is more often about what tires come stock than the suspension setup or the wheight ratio (keep in mind that most manufacturers delivers their cars with tires that are better for the fueleconomy to keep those numbers down). but then again the mustang GT is a nice car and a huge bonus is that its RWD so you can go out and act like a hooligan if you feel like it. personaly if id want an american RWD car for not much money id go for a vette or a pontiac G8

      • alex says:

        That’s fair a 2010 mustang would not produce these numbers you see it is held back by its 4.6 sohc v8, whereas the 2011 has an all new 5.0 dohc v8 that produces close to 100 more horsepower. also if you wanna talk about tires the evo and sti come with high performance tires just like the mustang.

        as far as a g8 goes its slower, gets worse fuel economy, and handles worse than the mustang. The only way it beats the mustang is that the g8 has 4 doors. Not to mention a used G8 gxp will still run you around 28,000-30,000$

    • James says:

      Alex, not to knock on you but can you back those numbers up? I mean, i can say anything i want about any car. Now i will agree in a straight line the Mustang will surely demolish the Evo/Sti, but I’m not too sure about the braking or the g’s. Top gear and I believe MotorTrend (Though i could be wrong about MT) rated the Evo and the STI above .96 g’s. Again, I’m certainly not trying to start an argument but that post just seems a little off from an informational perspective. Get some real facts, I’ll bow down if needed.

  14. MrAngry says:

    Alex… I like the way you’re thinking Bud!

  15. rildo says:

    mercedes c63 amg black coupe series

  16. Westsider says:

    Regular ol’ C6 Vette with big brakes would be a stud on the track. BMW 335 would be the better daily driver/sleeper choice.