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#704 of 4457 Earnhardt 98 GTP on E-Bay
Feb 20, 2001 (9:24 am)
There is a blue 98 GTP Pace Car being offered on E-Bay that is reported to be autographed by Dale Earnhardt. Seller says he has a pic of Dale signing the dashboard. 1998 is, of course, the year that he won Daytona 500. No bids yet and $19.5K is the starting bid. The car has 29.5K miles and is said to be tweaked to 300 hp. Got to think this is going to attract some attention - and could become quite valuable. What a shame he's gone. I watched the race on a 48 inch screen with surround sound and was enjoying it immensely. Can't get that image out of my head now of Dale careening into the wall. It didn't seem too bad compared to the spectacular pile-up earlier (ironically during the Tony Stewart Grand Prix Commercial) that sent Tony's # 20 Pontiac somersaulting over the pack. Ken
Feb 20, 2001 (1:39 pm)
Hey...did you all see the Grand Prix G-8 Concept Car? I'M DROOLING...I'd LOVE to see this puppy hit the production floor some day!
Check it out at:http://www.edmunds.com/editorial/conceptspotlight/pontiacgrandprixg8/42925/index.html
#706 of 4457 teo, toon01 and tpken
Feb 20, 2001 (6:37 pm)
Thanks for the input- I have checked the impala site and Read their comments.
I'm still not decided but leaning more toward the Impala (safety ratings a plus
and I think the access to cruise etc. would be a plus) Gotta love that Grand Prix
look though. Along with many race fans- the spouse and I watched the race
and were not surprised but saddened at the death of Dale Earnhardt. We've
seen some spectacular crashes at Indy and were looking forward to the new
track in Joliet opening. It's interesting that while we have different favorites
hubby and I both like Stewart. (That Grand Prix is a good looking car) It's
also interesting to note that many of the great safety features all automobiles
have come from race car inovations. No answers to my earlier question
about the future of Oldsmobile and it's service huh?
Feb 23, 2001 (6:36 am)
Love the GTP but The dodge Intrepid R/T needs a peek,242 horsepowerW/O a supercharger!Yes.....you don't need Premium fuel!!! check it out.
#708 of 4457 Intrepid R/T???
Feb 23, 2001 (7:36 am)
Maybe Intrepid R/T has 242 hp but I'd bet the farm that it can't touch the GTP's performance. Somehow, the Chrysler engines' ratings don't translate 0-60.
#709 of 4457 engine12
Feb 23, 2001 (7:15 pm)
you will never catch a GTP
take a look at torque ratings too.
#710 of 4457 done shopping
Feb 24, 2001 (7:57 pm)
Well folks I bought the Impala LS. Paid under dealer invoice (1,250rebates from Chevy & auto show)
Thanks to Edmunds site or I doubt I could have done that well!
I just couldn't get into the red dash for 5 years and the Controls on that unistick did not thrill me.
I'll admit the steering/handling is more responsive on the GP but that wasn't enough. Let you
know if I have any regrets.
#711 of 4457 Intrepid R/T
Feb 25, 2001 (6:21 am)
You guys are obviously diehard GTP fans(or you own one and are defending it,i truly respect that and in no way looking for a debate)From my research i have found 0-60 the GTP will smoke anything,thats the Torque!The R/T will beat the GTP were all the fun is.......Top end,not to mention having a little extra cash in your pocket after leaving the pumps so you can go get a nice cigar for the ride home.
#712 of 4457 engine12
Feb 25, 2001 (8:53 pm)
weak top end of the GTP is an unsubstantiated rumor.
#713 of 4457 engine12
Feb 25, 2001 (9:43 pm)
What do you mean by "higher end"? Is it torque at 6000 rpm, or 70-95 acceleration time, or 110-130?
I have a 2000 Buick Regal GS. Basically, the same car as GTP, with the same powertrain, lower body and a lot of common parts. It have very similar behavior, especially concerning acceleration.
The engine torque is maximal at about 3600 rpm, and the torque falls gradually after 4000. Except you like to drive at red line, 5000 rpm is the max. See link
Though, it does not matter at all. When cruising at 75 mph, engine makes about 2200 rpm. After stepping on gas to pass, the torque jumps to 3600 almost immediately, even with performance shift off. The acceleration at 3600-4000 rpm is outstanding, and supercharger helps a lot here.
Better to watch your speed: otherwise, when you glance at speedometer after finishing with passing, it turns to be 96 mph. And it does not matter that you passed uphill.
It happened two times with me - the first week after buying the car, before I could learn it behavior. Clearly did not intend to drive so fast. It took probably just a couple of seconds, or three - how long it takes to pass? Fortunately, there was no police around.
Have no experience with faster speed, and do not want to have. Any case, Regal (as sold in US/Canada) have T-rated tires and is governed at 110 or 115 mph.
GP GTP is governed at higher speed, 125 or 130 mph, if I remember it right. But it hardly does matter. Who drives regularly faster than 85-90-100 mph on the US highways? It would be not a simple speeding, but the reckless one.