... Inform me next time man, I just now noticed this thread
The first gen 3.5 has a much stronger and wider TQ band than the second gen motors, which helps it out alot.
1st gen 3.5 liter= 214hp @ 5850rpm, 221 lbs ft. @ 3100
3.2 liter= 225hp @ 6300rpm, 225 lbs ft. @ 3800rpm
Less horsepower and less torque... Only kicks at 450 and 700rpm sooner than a 3.2...
According to NewCarTestDrive.com, "Impressively, the 1998 Intrepid is no heavier than the previous model, a benefit of its increased use of strong, lightweight aluminum."
And according to TheAutoChannel.com, the 97' ES weighed 3507lbs... 98' ES 3479lbs, also according to TheAutoChannel.com...
So a car with less horsepower, less torque, and equal (benefit of the doubt here because according to the autochannel, the 98 is about 28lbs lighter) weight, than another is neck and neck with it to the point that you cant tell who is winning?
They may be close in a race (and I even said that in the last thread) but I still think even if it is by a fender, the stronger engine will win.
I mean in PERFECT conditions: Warm day out, sticky pavement, sticky tires, fresh tune-ups and oil changes, both cars with the same amount of miles (low), same gas, and equal drivers, based on specs, the 3.2 will win!
I am not calling JS
a liar, I am saying that maybe whenever he raced his buddy, the odds were tipped in his favor by some small factor. Or I could be wrong... As I have never raced both cars against each other... But I am just stating what the specs tell me!