OP wants to beat his 350z roadster and if that = happiness he might not need a bigger turbo...
The 350z roadster is rated around (manual) 5.6 0-60 and 14.1 or so in the 1/4. A stock 09 FXT is around 6.5 0-60. A solid stage 2 tune should beat the 350z. Their weight is very close (FXT is actually lighter) and a stage 2 FXT will have equivelent to more HP and definately more torque. (coming from a former 350z owner, 03' track edition 6 spd lightly modded)
Ive been hearing alot of people going with E85 and have basically taken a stand against promoting ethanol fuels. I only have one station here that sells pure fuel and use them exclusively. We are using an increasing amount of our food stocks namely corn as fuel and being driven away from one of our largest and cheapest resources in petroleum. This is a very dangerous trend that needs to be exposed before it gets rooted farther in our infrastructure. Ethanol ruins motors and components. Even if you get a nice boost in HP the damage from ethanol in older motors large and small is significant. We are at the cusp of the EPA completely destroying the automotive market and turning us into a European style car market where horsepower is going to be severely limited and large motors are banned from production by EPA restrictions. I didnt mean to go off on a rant but the more E85 is adopted the faster our history of muscle cars and large engines will be restricted by EPA guidlines not to mention depleting our corn supply.
You're lucky, I don't know of any stations in my area that sell pure fuel anymore. I'd have to disagree with some of your blanket statements though.
Ethanol infrastructure is already set up, that's why it's still cheaper than gasoline even though the subsidies have been gone for almost a year now.
Yes, it damages old engines but those are pretty much off the road so it's a non-issue.
I was just in Europe 2 weeks ago and they have E85 as well as regular fuel. Their regular gasoline is also supplemented with Ethanol as is most of ours (at least what I saw in Germany, Romania and Austria) The only difference between their system and our is they tax the crap out of gasoline so the price difference between E85 and gasoline is even bigger.
They also have modern day muscle cars just like us, but we usually get the de-tuned versions of their cars though (where are those Forester STi's at again?) So to say going to a European style car market is a bad thing doesn't quite make sense to me...? Now I don't envy their fuel prices with premium at $9/gallon so I agree with you on that point, but I do love their selection of cars and drivetrains.
But if you can point me towards some info on our changing infrastruce, the threat E85 poses and upcoming/iniment EPA changes I love to be enlightened.
I'm not that smart but I can't make the link between E85 becoming popular and the loss of musle cars?