So for about $4,000 I could swap a supercharged 3800 V6 into my Beretta, complete with an 80 shot tank of nitrous.
Dear lord that would be insane.
No idea what you just said.
A Supercharged 3800 V6 ("38 Special") makes about 240hp, and usually is placed into a car that weighs about 3700 lbs, and gives that car (A 1999 Pontiac GTP) a 6.5 second 0-60mph time.My Beretta
weighs about 2900lbs. The 3100 V6 (Naturally aspirated, no turbos or supercharger) made 165hp, and propelled my car with a ~7.5 second 0-60mph. A full second slower then the GTP, and about 2 seconds slower than a 2000 Mustang GT.
Now, imagine if you will, the S/C 3800 engine placed into my car. An engine that makes about 80 more horsepower into a car that weighs almost a thousand pounds less. That would give me about a 5.5 to 6 second 0-60 time. An 80 shot tank of nos gives me 80 horsepower as long as I hold down the button (Not going into how nitrous oxide works right now. Another post, maybe). That puts the horsepower of the 38 Special up to 420, propelling me to 60mph in about 5 seconds.
Which is half a second faster then a 2000 V8 Mustang GT.
And we haven't even gotten into smaller modifications, such as a cold air intake, full exhaust, ECM tunes, throttle bodies, cams, etc. Combine all of these and we're talking about another 25-50 horsepower, dropping my 0-60 time little by little.
And the glory of this idea is that no one
would expect a Beretta to be that fast. And just in case you missed it, my target opponent is the Mustang GT. I want something that can keep up with, if not beat, the most common "fast" car around here. Let's face it, most people hear "Mustang" and they think "Oh those are so fast!"