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So I was out test driving cars this weekend, originally I was looking for a ls1 camaro/trans am, however I saw a solstice gxp and decided to test drive it. I loved it, it felt just as quick as the c5 vette I drove, although I know the vette is faster. However, it had aftermarket exhaust on it so I don't know if it has anything else done too it. But the solstice felt very quick. My question is, how tough is it to get up to around 350/400 whp/wtq? I heard the trifecta tune is a good option. And other advice? I don't wanna get the solstice and then regret not having a big ole v8 cuz I can't make as much power as I want.

Also a little side note, what is the e85 trifecta tune? Sorry, kind of a car newbie
 

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If you go to the classified section you Will find a couple Solstice or Sky with an LS1 in them For sale.
 

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If you read some of the power threads you will find the stock motor and drive train can be taken to 300 WHP pretty easily with simple bolt ons and a any tune. To get above 300 you need to go with some more extensive mods. Some have gotten to the mid 300s with injection AMD more radical tunes. To get up to 400 you need to big wheel or swap out the turbo.

From what I have read, 400 is possible with the stock internals and is the upper limit for the transmission syncros and rear axles.

It has been done.
 

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Do you know how many psi of boost you were getting when you matted it? Generally one without a tune will get 12-15psi. I have AM exhaust and a tune and I wouldn't trade mine for a Vette! I'm guessing I'm somewhere around 280-290 at the wheels. These cars are too rare and you can do too much to them to make them faster without spending a lot of money.
 

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You're gonna pay 35k for a decent C5 vette and insurance is gonna hurt more too. I thought about getting a Vette but I wanted a convertible and I do not like the look of the vette conv. the back ent is too long and I really like the look of my Sol's. so much I have 2 of them and both together were less than the Vettes I looked at. sure you can find one cheaper but with a lot of miles on it and I bet the parts for that cost more too. If you get a Sol, you won't regret it. And a GXP with a tune is plenty of power.
 

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gxp, imo, competes nicely with c5 vette when tuned. without any mods but a tune you'll have 300-310 bhp vs vette's 350, but at 400lbs lighter. you could slap on $5k worth of mods to make a very solid/stable gxp with 400 bhp, making it faster than a stock c5 for $10-15k cheaper

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Trifecta tune $300
DDM Happy Meal $2500
Solo free flow cat $400
Solo Rear Center Duals $800
Norms Rear Center Duals fascia $700 (painted)
DDM Brace Bundle $400

A little over 5k in parts (assuming you install yourself) and you've got something that will turn heads AND eat most things you run up against for lunch. And I'll wager a vette owner doesn't get half of the curious attention we get. I think it's fun to sit in a eatery watching people spot your car outside with that "Wow ....What's that?" look.
 

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Its going to be all bolt ons, intake, IC, ic piping, downpipe, catback and ethanol to get 350/400 on the stock turbo from the digging I have done(hhr, cobalt as well). I just did [email protected] with a few bolt ons and an e47 tune. Stock clutch is showing no signs of giving up yet either. I think I'll be trapping 115mph on the stock turbo soon fwiw. A different turbo will get you there no sweat.

Hptuners is another way to go for a custom tune.
 

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Trifecta tune $300
DDM Happy Meal $2500
Solo free flow cat $400
Solo Rear Center Duals $800
Norms Rear Center Duals fascia $700 (painted)
DDM Brace Bundle $400

A little over 5k in parts (assuming you install yourself) and you've got something that will turn heads AND eat most things you run up against for lunch. And I'll wager a vette owner doesn't get half of the curious attention we get. I think it's fun to sit in a eatery watching people spot your car outside with that "Wow ....What's that?" look.
What is a DDM Happy Meal and a DDM Brace bundle.
 

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At altitude, the base C5 Vette is a total Dog; I spank them without even going to full boost. A good friend of mine sold his one month, in complete disgust; after going for a ride in my Sky. :lol:

At least the base C6 is a challenge, but is also drastically starved for power at altitude and typically falls behind in the sprint category. Once up to speed, its superior aerodynamics trumps the Sky.

The base C7 should finally be a superior performer, even at 5000 above sea level. At least the math suggests it should: 455 HP/460 Torque. Take off 20% and you have 364 HP/368 Torque, which should still be enough to offset the additional 300 lbs of curb weight it is packing beyond the Kappa platform.

Which says a lot for the new power plant they putting in the "Poor Mans" version of the C7. Basically you now have more power than you would have had even in the GS 2014 C6. Of course you could purchase 3 used turbo Kappas for the price of the new C7, but who's counting. :lol:

The comparison between Vette and Kappa is completely academic anyway. They are two completely different platforms. The Vette hasn't been a true Roadster, since the demise of the C1-C2 series. It became something else and even the new C7 is still to fricken big to be a true roadster. Hell, for that matter the Kappa is to damn heavy to be a true roadster as well.

So if you are a Corvette guy at heart, don't go with the Solstice or Sky; because they will never be a Vette. :jm2c:
 
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