Bought on January 7 1991 as a graduation gift from my Mom,
my 3000GT is black and has the VR-4 option package. This includes
a twin intercooled turbo, fuel injected, four valves per cylinder
engine with a peak output power of 300hp and 307lb-ft of torque.
It has all wheel drive and four wheel steering with limited slip
differentials. It is a blast to drive, and a bear to keep clean.
It can achieve a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds (Motor Trend, 3/91).
It cost about $30k to purchase.
A conclusion to the Twin Turbo run
story has a conclusion. On March 18, 2016 we were driving North
on Rt 3 in Crofton, MD when all of a sudden, I saw a puff of white
smoke coming from the driver's side of the hood. The engine died
immediately. It would not restart. Luckily, there was a gap
in the traffic, and we were able to push the car to the side.
Opening the hood and looking in, I could see the fan belt was
shredded. It was towed to my mechanic a few hours later, and the
next day we heard the bad news: Timing belt was broken. There was
most likely major engine damage and the car was basically totalled.
The last image I shot of the 3000GT. This was taken in Fall of 2015.
Photo shot on the final night while being loaded onto the tow truck.
years, a former coworker had said that if I ever wanted to sell the
3000GT, he would buy it. By now, he had retired and had time on
his hands. I sold it to him for $500 as I knew I would be able to
see it run one day again. He lives close to me and I sometimes
pass his house to see if he has done any work on it.
3000GT being 25 years old, I had not thought much about a replacement.
After some searching, I settled on trying out the Lexus RC F.
I wanted something that was a four seater coupe with lots of
power. I also wanted something with aggressive styling. On
Sunday, April 10 2016, I visited a local dealer that had a leftover
2015. It was available for a test drive and liked it immediately.
While I was departing the dealership, they asked if I wanted to
take it overnight for an extended test. I thought it would be
nice to have it Thursday night for our weekly skate night at the rink
and said I would come by Wednesday to pick it up. The salesman
then asked "Why don't you keep it till then". I could not refuse
the offer and drove the RC F for the next few days. Well I
totally fell in love with the car. It was like putting on an iron
man suit and going out in the world. Needless to say I bought the
car when I came back on Friday that week.
So far, I have painted
the calipers red (with Brembo silver lettering), and added an aero kit
consisting of a front lip and side skirts.
new ride is the Lexus RC F. This is the high performance coupe
with the 5.0 Liter 467 HP engine. 0-60 is in the 4.2 second range.