Westbound on Sunset highway headed towards Hillsboro
(west of Portland). Earlier this afternoon.
I was following a guy with a baseball cap in a black S2000 with large dual exhaust tips, going about 60mph. I see (and hear) this guy all the time in the Hillsboro area but for the first time had the opportunity to test him. Saw an open stretch coming up so I dropped into 3rd gear and quickly pulled alongside into the right lane. I was surprised at how easy it was to pull up nose-to-nose since it was pretty obvious he was trying to keep me from passing. I figure I just got an earlier jump on him.
So while we're side by side, still in 3rd I just floor it and shift to 4th at around 80mph and I'm slowly but surely pulling away. Okay I admit it, I hit the hazard lights after I was ahead by a few car lengths going about 95mph. I shut it down there.
I look in the rearview mirror, give him a friendly wave, but the dude flips me off! He catches up a few seconds later and tries to return the favor but I just dropped back into 3rd gear and walk away through the middle of 4th gear. He catches back up and just follows right behind me for a while before pulling off at the next exit.
Few things to note:
I was running only 14 PSI of boost (down from stage II max of 16.5) since I had totally forgot to switch boost maps on my AVC-R. If I had redlined 3rd gear it would also have been even less of a contest, but out of habit I shift before 6K. I hate over-revving & hitting fuel cut.
I guess the bottom-line here is a no-brainer: a WRX with UP/DP/catback/Unichip can easily pull away from a (lightly?) modified S2000 on the highway. At triple digit speeds however I think the S2000 would catch up due to its 6 spd and better aerodynamics.