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.