Wasn't a race or racing, just had a newer or current gen Infiniti M37 in front of me today that was pushing the pace behind me in traffic. Anyway once we got through all the traffic ,he passed me very casually and then got over a lane and turned onto the following four lane parkway that was a block ahead. I got in the merge lane turning right going in the same direction, and as soon as it was clear I noticed the M37 floored it getting out onto the parkway. I could tell he had the hammer down, because all this water was spraying out of his exhausts like a fire hose. I actually had to have my wipers on behind him for a few seconds lol.
Anyway, again I wasn't trying to lure this guy into a race or competion, I'm so far beyond those days and too old for that. But what I like to do in a weird way is when I see a car that I might sort of like or am curious about it's general performance, if the guy in front guns it I like to drop a gear and try to see if my car is easily reeling it in or struggling to keep pace. In this case when I turned onto the parkway and the Infiniti guy punched it, I was coming off the turn in 2nd gear and just ran my WRX out through the top of 2nd & 3rd gear behind him, shifting right before 5K RPM. I was surprised as my car was kind of struggling to keep up with this Infiniti M37? I know that car has a stout 3.7L V6 and is probably making more than 300 hp?? but it is a porky sun of a gun compared to the WRX. In the WRX deffense I didn't really redline out in the 2nd and 3rd gears and backed off right around 60-65, the speed limit on the Parkway is 50 so I wasn't being wreckless.
Not that any of this matters or is worth a hill of beans to anyone, I just thought my '13 WRX should be able to hang with a pretty mundane mid-sized luxury car. I know I'm not that good of a driver with this car yet, and when I do take off I'm often doing it easy on the car & clutch as not to damage anything. But whats funny a few weeks ago I was at a light and a guy in a 2010+ Legacy 2.5, CVT model was next to me. I'm embarassed to say this but I was kind of "working it" just to keep pace with him. I have a 2011 Outback 2.5i, CVT and it is painfully slow and feels much slower than my WRX so I'm not sure why I was really having to work my car just to keep up in traffic with a 2.5i Legacy CVT?? I wasn't flooring it, but still felt like I shouldn't have to dig this deep into the boost to keep up with one of those. I'm 100% sure it was a 2.5i as there was no scoop like the WRX indicating it was the rare 2.5GT, nor did it have dual exhausts like the 3.6R.
My car is all stock BTW.