Madlock Posted March 18, 2012 Report Share Posted March 18, 2012 Having ALREADY just eaten a chunk of short-cycle depreciation to trade my 2011 Coupe for a 2012, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the banks to reopen with the full intention of trading-forward since Ford went on-record with the 2013 specs. Now, I’m not so sure. I find myself wondering whether or not I may be better-served by keeping my 2012 and waiting for the 2014, the S197’s last – which, of course, presumes there will actually BE a 2014 and that it will represent S197 in latest and greatest final form. One reason I didn’t hesitate to trade from 2011 to 2012 is because nobody knew what, or if, Ford planned anything significant before the 50th Anniversary car on a new platform with EcoBoost or 5.0 L-derived powertrains. I also liked what 2012 had to offer and had no way of knowing whether I’d actually prefer the 2013 car at the time. Fortunately, I like just about everything the 2013 has to offer and its ONLY negatives (to me) are cosmetic - the lack of the narrow two-tone SVTPP stripes (which I VERY-much prefer), the more ornate SVTPP wheels and the new grille treatment to accommodate greater airflow. 2 of the 3 are VERY easily (if not cheaply) remedied. I could take or leave the new tail light treatment – which I think was done MORE to impress the V6/GT crowd to “butch up” the styling versus the cartoonish, yet inexplicably popular, Camaro. Otherwise, the new 5.8L’s out-of-the-box power potential, new in-dash computer, adjustable suspension, launch control, Torsen differential and everything else is all very exciting. But… Except for launch control, in-dash-computer and the switch-selectable suspension, there’s not a whole lot that can’t be accomplished through FRPP – all the way to 750HP. If I don’t mind setting-up each of the dampers manually, even the suspension can be made adjustable too. While Ford Racing is likely to eventually offer some insane supercharger options, the existing Whipple and 5.4 L is a known quantity that’s pretty tough to beat. Besides, there’s no guarantee that the 5.8L will put-out its 650HP any more rewardingly than the 5.4L does with the 2.9L Whipple – or that Ford Racing’s solution for the 5.8L will be dramatically more powerful than the 5.4L’s 750 (or even 800 or more with Kenne Bell). I’ve also got an entire parts department sitting in my garage that I’d intended to install on my 2011, then my 2012 – and now the 2013. I’d love to give them a good run-in on the 2012, but that would mean reinvesting all over again for the 2013 or 2014. It ALSO presumes that the 2014 won’t change in ways I DON’T want. Fortunately, I’m in a position where I can pretty-much pursue any option I choose. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t smart in the wallet whenever I do. My 2013 is already “in the pipe”, but I’d love to know if anybody else has had similar thoughts about waiting for 2014 – and whether they think waiting might have more benefits than risks given how closely Ford has played its cards close to the vest. While highly unlikely, even with the 2013, it’s entirely possible that Ford Racing may decide the stock 5.8L has more than enough power and not offer anything further. This is just one of the unforeseen contingencies I’m trying to anticipate and hedge against. I’d love to hear where others’ thought processes are. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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