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    Spoons Stage III Review

    I’ve been shuffling my feet for the past few days since my Stage III install by Courtenay Sport.

    It hasn’t really made me delighted, like I thought it would.

    I’ve had several people around me question my sanity and why pay all that money for such a small increase in power (30 BHP), and to be honest I’ve struggled to justify it on sound logic.

    I had the Insignia VXR turbo installed, a double capacity water radiator and 3” downpipe with decatted exhaust. All tied together with a Courtenay Sport custom remap. Cant fault the quality of work Courtenay have done either, very very good.

    Sure it now sounds like a race car, popping and crackling between gear changes. But is it any faster. I honestly wasn’t sure, which is why I’ve been shuffling my feet over the past few days.


    Well that was until today when I sort of discovered I’ve got it all wrong..

    Thing is I’ve been wholly focussed on sprint times and 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear acceleration. With 30 BHP extra you really struggle to see any difference at all, and its all over so quick before the next gear change.

    When you drive a Vectra VXR with a Stage 1 remap all that torque made 4th gear accelerate like 3rd gear. So much power on tap it transformed the car.

    Well my Stage III has now had the same effect. Not with 4th gear… but 5th and 6th gear. Oh my god, I only discovered this today.

    6th gear now accelerates like 3rd gear past 3000 rpm… its like a rocket and I have no doubt it will easily keep pulling to 180 mph+… without any gear changes lol

    Wow, so that’s where all the power is delivered. Not at the low end, but at the high end.. just like the Stage 1 effect.

    So now my Vectra VXR is just as fast at the 0-60 end, but even more delivery at the top end… it just keeps pulling like your still in 3rd lol.

    Your going to need much bigger brakes with a Stage III

    … and yes I’m very happy now I’ve found where its extra power is.

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    Glad your happy with it mate, it sounds great!! you got anymore vids other than the 12 seconds one?
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    I think a trip to Germany is needed Steve. It sounded very cool on that short clip you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mads View Post
    Glad your happy with it mate, it sounds great!! you got anymore vids other than the 12 seconds one?
    Yes I took it round Silverstone today... being chased by a full race spec Alpha Romeo

    Just uploading the vids now... hope you like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    Yes I took it round Silverstone today... being chased by a full race spec Alpha Romeo

    Just uploading the vids now... hope you like it
    Oh no... just checked and it stopped recording just after I got on the track... took a flippin phone call and looks like I turned off the recording by mistake... gutted isnt the word.

    Oh well, I do have some of the track, just have to put that up instead.

    Gutted

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    So when you heading back to the Ring to test top speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    So when you heading back to the Ring to test top speed?
    No plans in the near future.

    My big task now is the get the suspension bushes, drop links and engine torque reaction mounts sorted out as it feels like a boat at the moment.

    Need to control this new power I've got

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