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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Sydney, Australia
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The Touring is only a better buy, ironically, if you intend on tracking the car and modifying it to suit. It's the cheaper car, while not missing anything you want.
VDC is counter-productive on the track and is difficult to completely switch off. The "TCS off" button does as advertised. The VDC is only useful in low grip conditions on the street, where your mind may not always be 100% focused.
The aero makes SFA difference. If you're serious about tracking you'd probably get a proper kit with diffusers and a bigger wing, which means all the OEM aero extras on the Track will get binned anyway.
The Brembos, while good, will still not last a complete 15 minutes flat out on the track if you're using R-Comps (even with a "Step 1" upgrade of the consumables). They'll last longer than the non-Brembos, of course, but you'll still end up wanting "more". The only benefit is that you can sell the OEM Brembos off to someone else who isn't planning on tracking their car. Only a few V35 Skylines came with them, so there's a ready market for people wanting a bolt-on upgrade.
On the street, where you don't intend on drop $5K+ on a BBK, the Brembos are marginally better. It provides better initial response, and aftermarket rotors/pads are easier to source. They also fill out big wheels a bit better.
Absolute stopping distances on a single panic stop from near-legal speeds are practically the same between the 2 OEM brake setups, and on the street you shouldn't ever be driving the car hard enough to fade the non-Brembos out. Especially if you get aftermarket pads and rotors. As such, performance-wise the only benefit of Brembos is the initial bite.
The 0.01Cd drop is going to mean sweet FA, and the aero bits can all be bought as spare parts and retrofitted for around $300 if you get a used chin spoiler and rear boot spoiler. Any bodykit removes almost all the OEM Track aero equipment, minus the lower rear diffusers, but the parts cost around $140 back when I ordered them.
Both sets of rims look too small on the car anyway, so for looks they'll need to be replaced. As such, the 17" vs 18" difference is irrelevant.
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Understeer is when you hit the tree with the front wheel.
Oversteer is when you hit it with the back.
Horsepower is how hard you hit the tree...
Torque is how far you drag it...