Yeah...I'd say that you need a turbo to keep up with him.
After getting a full MRT system, a fender-mount cold air intake, and a pulley/S-AFC/short shifter to finish it off...maybe you can take a stock VR6. But one with a chip, catback, filter, et al? You're looking at a turbo.
Stage 1 kits will run you anywhere from $2500 on up.