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This is a discussion on Killed by a Cadillac SLS within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Yep, you read that right. Got my butt handed to me by an grey haired fella in a caddy. I'm ...

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    Killed by a Cadillac SLS

    Yep, you read that right. Got my butt handed to me by an grey haired fella in a caddy.
    I'm driving home on rt 35 (two lanes each direction , couple of traffic lights). I catch a traffic light that has been yellow a bit to long and decide to stop. The caddy behind me is rushing the light but my move messes him up. He pulls into the right lane. I know his coming actions.
    I hold the incline with the hand brake and bring the RPMs up 2-3K. The light goes green and I'm off. Not one of those shot out of a sling shot launches I can occasionally find, but respectable none the less. VRRRRRMP 1st is done. Smooth into 2nd. VRRRRRMP topping 2nd. I look over my shoulder figuring this guy should be toast by now. No He's on my rear quarter panel.
    I'm shocked. I botch my shift to 3rd and hit the Rev limiter (not a good feeling). He blows past me. Sure I could find 3rd at this point and catch him but that would just be a fly by.
    lessons learned:
    1)never count your chickens before they're hatched.
    2)do not under estimate the big luxury car next to you.
    3)Old white guys do race. (in reference to another thread)

    Buy the way, anyone know if that thing was super charged, because it sure was quick.
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    Re: Killed by a Cadillac SLS

    Originally posted by Jazz
    3)Old white guys do race. (in reference to another thread)
    Ddoh! I remember that thread.

    Late one night, I was on one of the main roads here in Brooklyn with a old dude in an older Lincoln Mark series LSC with his wife riding shotgun. There was no one else on the road since it was about 1:30 am on a weekday. He floored it at every light until we had to stop for the next red in 2-3 blocks. That thing was pretty fast! It apparently has the 5.0 liter engine they used to put in Mustangs.

    To keep it a little more fun, I "launched" from 1500 to 2000 RPMS and just let my turbo kick in. So he'd get a car-length's lead and then I'd overtake him. We always either shut down at 40 mph or had to slow down for a light.

    The funny thing is, he never once looked over. A minivan with some teenage kids tried to keep up with us and we were laughing and giving each other the thumbs up, but the old guy and his wife never acknowledged any of us.

    This driver was an old black guy. And yes, old guys do race their luxo boats.

    But mostly, if you see a nice high end Benz or BMW racing through traffic aggressively weaving, you'll nearly always discover it's some teenage kid in Mom or Dad's ride for the day.
    Last edited by bedabi; 04-17-2002 at 07:10 AM.

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    I wouldn't feel so bad. The Cadillac SLS is a heavy car, but it still has a 32V Northstar V8 at 300 crank hp. There are supercharged Caddys out there, but I think those are limited to the Devilles. It's almost certainly a car you can beat off the line but our stock turbos won't do too well in the top end.
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    SLS is detuned, 275 hp, STS has 300hp. They are very powerful FWD cars.
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    I was dead even from a roll with a STS and could kill it from every light. You should have had him.
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    why are you guys launching at such low rpm? perfect launch is at 4k or so to get that slingshot effect!
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    I was half a$$ing it. (Agreed, the 4K launch with slipping the clutch is the way to go)
    The point of the story was not wether the WRX is faster than the caddy, but the suprising speed of such a big car, and you can never be 100% sure who will give you a go.
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    Be alert the soccer mom in the mini van is eyeballing you.
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    I saw that video a while ago. One of my favs, especially the kids yelling, "Go, Dad, GOOOOO!"

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    Thumbs up

    i gotta give my props to the guy with that turbo van. talkin' about a total sleeper!!! now im thinkin' if i should get one of those and mod the hell out of it!

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    honda odyssey

    i've occasionally given a people a run for their car's money in my parent's minivan. The look on their face when they see a minivan is passing them or keeping up with them is priceless. But i guess it makes sense cause the engines are big cause it is, well...a minivan. Honda Odyssey 225hp, 3.5 liter engine - Yea baby!
    *cough* ill try not to post anything as embarassing as that anymore
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    Use that minivan and race ricers for pink slips

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    should have been able to beat a caddy

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