So this is fresh off the streets as of about half an hour ago. My car's been out of order for about 2 weeks due to alternator problems on and off. Got my alternator back from the shop and threw it in and went out, finally! I promised my buddy a ride in it when it was running again so we went out for a while, then we decided to put our cars to the test. He went home and pulled his 2014 Escape Titanium AWD with the 2.0L turbo and away we went around midnight. Since it's this late on a Thursday there's really nobody out, and the traffic lights are smart enough to keep main roads green all the time so finding a nice place to line up was tough. In the meantime, we were side by side and I'd know when he was punching the gas because I could hear that turbo spooling up, so I was always right up there with him which was surprising. I wasn't expecting to keep up as well as I did when we were rolling. Eventually we pull up to a red light and get ready. Now, my only experience with drag racing was a couple years ago with my parents little manual hatchback and my strategy was rev to enough and dump the clutch. The auto in the Riviera is new to me, so I tried brake torquing a bit here. Spun the tires quite a bit and was playing catch up this time. Not for long though. Next time we line up, we both watch the opposite side turn yellow. My buddy's got his launch control on and I hear the turbo spooling up. I went without brake torquing this time for obvious reasons. Light turns green and I chirp the tires a bit but I'm gone. Almost immediately see my buddy in the rear view, probably 2 or 3 car lengths back. He pulls back up full of excuses . We went at it a couple more times on our ways home. Once we were dead even all the way down and the next I smoked him again. I have no clue what any previous owner has done for this car, but I'm assuming its stock. Doesn't sound like it has a cam, and everything looks original. My buddy's car is stock too, so assuming this 455 is making stock power, I'm very impressed. The Escape puts up 240hp and 270lb/ft of torque with AWD, traction control, launch control, the whole nine. My car is 1000lbs heavier, and (allegedly) makes 200hp and 350lb/ft of torque. I also have yet to time and tune it up a bit, it sputters at WOT and I think it runs a bit rich, so I'm surprised at how well it held up against a car with new technology and power. The times I really got him were the times I didn't spin my tires. That torque at such a low rev range is ridiculous. Now just imagine where I'd be if I didn't have the compression ratio of a lawnmower!