Fun with LIft
Got my 02 GTS last month, so I'm still experimenting with the whole VVTLi phenomenon. First time I went for it, I was cruising in 6th about 70mph and slammed down to 3rd and roared up into redline through the gears until I noticed I was >100mph and pulled back. The thrill of lift was undoubtedly embedded in the normal acceleration experience one might expect with a spirited 6-3 shift.
Since then, I've gone for it a few times a week, most consistently on a highway on ramp near my house, where radar would be difficult to set up. Just to play with it somewhat, I slowly eaaaaasssed through the gears yesterday, hitting the 6200rpm in second, then back up in 3rd. The lift phenomenon was not nearly as pronounced as when I heavy throttled through the 6k...if I didn't know about VVTLi, I would say the 30% increase in bhp was barely noticeable.
As the car has 27k miles, I am picking up new n' improved bolts tomorrow and will install over the weekend. It will be interesting to see if there's abnormal wear on the OEM bolts...stay tuned