I have noticed a disturbing trend of late reguarding the nuvo-horsepower wars... It would seem that a number of manufactures are "jucing" their vehicles for road tests. In the latest motor trend( could be c&d) they test the new saleen mustang...It didn't pass emissions, had smaller tires than what was quoted by employees and was only a tenth of a second quicker than a stock gt...it would seem that saleen was caught cheating to give better acceleration figures than the stock gt, unless the stock gt's were juiced in some way to give better performance than in reality. I know that GM deactivated the torque management computer on the new vette, which enabled it to post 3 tenths quicker time in the 1/4 than the actual times real owners got. There has been a long and storied past on "ringer" cars given to magazines... the most notable was c&d getting a Royal bobcat GTO to face off against a ferrari GTO...where the stock GTO had a 389, the bobcat packed a super duty 421( visualy identical) and kicked ferrari butt (in a straight line)....performance sells performance cars, so what new cars released to magazines are "juiced" to help sales? do you think that an automotive publication would have a hidden agenda?