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I know! I know! Not much of a kill but a kill nonetheless.

Only on my 2nd day driving my new-to-me DeVille. It was still wearing its original Michelin OEM "soft" tires.

I was sitting at a light next to a puke green, late model Altima. It was a 4-cylinder model I think with black, hubcap-less wheels. Yeah. It looked crappy. :lol: Just in front of me was an overpass that went over the freeway, which I needed to go to. I figure when the light turned green, I would simply accelerate and get front of the Altima. When the light changed, I accelerated moderately, but the Altima was keeping pace and prevented me from changing lanes. I stepped on the gas more and my DeVille was able to pull away and get in front of the Altima. I sort of laughed when that happened and I guess the young guy in the Altima took this as a challenge to his manhood. He got behind me as we went over the overpass, then I needed to slow down for the entrance ramp. It was a near 360 degree ramp with 2 lanes merging into one. I got on the right lane, the Altima sped up and got on the left lane then proceeded to race me around the ramp. My wife looked over and asked, "Is that guy trying to race us?" Yes he was!

Being I didn't know how far I could push my OEM tires, I didn't want to speed up too much and drift over to the Altima's lane. Already, the Michelins started to squeal a bit. Thus, this allowed the Altima to get slightly ahead of me as the lane began to merge to one. Damn! Someone had to back down or we would have a collission! Since the Altima was slightly ahead, of course, I backed down. I didn't even have the car more than 24 hours I'll be damned if I crashed the damn thing!

Once we both merged into the freeway though, I got my revenge. I floored it, and so did the Altima. But his 4-banger was no match for the N*'s top end. I went by the Nissan like he was standing still. As I went by, glanced over to see the expression on the young guy's face. The guy looked away! As if to say, I'm not really interested in racing you! Shea right! I got on the fast lane and hit 80. I looked back and the Altima was trying to get to me and pass me from the far right lane! Nice try. I accelerated back up to a ton and that got rid of the Altima.

I have since replaced those quiet but soft Michelins with Goodyear Response Edge.
 

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Nice :thumbsup: Feels good to put another four banger in it's place, doesn't it?

I love driving on onramps, hitting apexes and everything.
 

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I've owned a few 4-bangers in my life. My wife currently has a Mazda Protege5 with a 2.0 and 5-speed manual. Fun little cars. But gutless off the line and in the midrange. However, they sure do get great gas mileage! :lol: I had a turbo-charged 4-banger before and that had some power. But it's still a 4-banger.

I've also owned several V6's, all multi-valves, hooked up to sticks and autoboxes. They were very smooth and had good power. Sounded good too at high RPM.

However, I can tell you, there is nothing that comes close to a highly tuned V8. Especialy today's modern V8's are so incredibly good. Even those on trucks. The N*'s are one of the best and most refined V8's around. I have a Corvette with a pushrod V8 and that thing is incredibly powerful and torquey. It has all the muscle car sounds and catapults the car to amazing speeds that will get anyone in jail faster than the speed of light! The Cadillac N* however has that lush sound only a DOHC 32 valver makes. And it is so refined. I can just imagine what those Lexus and BMW V8's feel like.

I love the almighty V8 powerplant. I hate to think of the day when we're all driving hybrids--that day is coming soon. But before that day arrives and/or I get too old, I swear that I will own nothing but V8 powered cars.
 

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I love the almighty V8 powerplant. I hate to think of the day when we're all driving hybrids--that day is coming soon. But before that day arrives and/or I get too old, I swear that I will own nothing but V8 powered cars.

Amen to that! :highfive:
 

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So I would assume that an automatic 3.5 V6 Altima will do the 0-60 dance in 7 seconds?

Nobody drives those cars in manual anymore. I'll bet 99% of Altima V6's are autoboxes.
 

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So I would assume that an automatic 3.5 V6 Altima will do the 0-60 dance in 7 seconds?

Nobody drives those cars in manual anymore. I'll bet 99% of Altima V6's are autoboxes.
I'd get guess around 70% autos. We'd get a bunch of 6 speeds at the auction i worked at,they are fairly common from what i could tell.
 

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I know this thread is old, but to follow up... I have a 3.5 Altima now. From a dig, yeah I can gain a substantial advantage while you're dealing with the torque steer and strain of moving the Cadillac off the line... but from a decent roll at highway speeds, the 4.6 is a beast making up ground quickly. It would hang with a stock 3.5 Altima for a bit.
 
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