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    Is Porsche still a go-to for fun, but without being pernickity as fuck to actually own & use?

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    Depends on the model. IMS era cars are still finicky from what I have seen. But my '99 experience was absolutely trouble free.

    Some of the people I do time trials with haven't had the most trouble free experience from what I have seen either. Dunno why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samoht View Post


    Second is probably a good GT40 replica, like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2liZfU2xxE . It's probably too impractical and cramped, but the light weight and nat-asp engine are appealing. Or the Gardner Douglas. Both are pretty awesome.
    Oh yes! GT40 or a Cobra replica definitely sounds intriguing!

    And then for you next car, maybe a replica McLaren F1!

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    Maybe I misread the brief, but I haven't seen mention of an AC Cobra replica yet. And that's usually the sports car default option.

    Superformance MkIII?

    OG 90s NSX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godson View Post
    What are your thoughts on a 540c? If I were to chase a Macca, that would be my target. 540hp, 2900lbs dry. Still wicked fast, but much less complex.
    The 540C, 570S, 570GT and 600LT are all basically the same car, with conventional suspension and the common 3.8T in varying states of tune. The main difference I think with the 540 is that it came with normal steel brake discs, rather than ceramics on the 570. But otherwise I think maintenance issues are much of a muchness between them.

    I'd consider a 540, I agree 500hp should be adequate, but they aren't that much cheaper, often lower spec, & they never came as a Spider, which I think may be worth having as it increases the sensations of driving without too many downsides.

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    Also, said CEL-orange 720 is honestly still a joke to me. The coolant leak that he found on a track day, the MONTHS at a time at a dealer. Like...no.
    I'm afraid I missed the story of the Orange 720, other than what's been shared here so far ;-)
    Coolant leaks are I understand very common and can be permanently fixed by having a specialist remove all McLaren's factory fitted cheap 'n' nasty hose clamps and replace them with proper quality items. Stupid, but fixable as I understand it. This is part of what I'm imagining as 'initial quality' issues that would hopefully be resolved on a car with 10k miles plus on it.

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    Thoughts on an R8? How new are you wanting?
    Age is fine, but the R8 doesn't really appeal to me, too heavy as a V10 compared to other options.


    Quote Originally Posted by Leon View Post
    Is Porsche still a go-to for fun, but without being pernickity as fuck to actually own & use?
    Logically yes probably... somehow continually reading journos going on about how great Porsches are puts me off (silly I know). The GT3/GT4 are probably the best combo of nat-asp engine, manual box, and compact dimensions. The Alpine, despite being turbo/DSG, does make a strong argument for being ~200kg lighter than the Caymans, plus double wishbones.


    Am in the process of arranging a three day hire in a 570S Spider for mid June, so hopefully that should help me clarify my thinking at least on what type of car I want. I've also requested a test drive in an A110.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neanderthal View Post
    Maybe I misread the brief, but I haven't seen mention of an AC Cobra replica yet. And that's usually the sports car default option.

    Superformance MkIII?

    OG 90s NSX?
    Cobras seem perhaps a little too crude, unless there's a less original & more sophisticated variant out there?

    Actually the Flyin Miata V8 is interesting, but they seem to have stopped making them.

    I'm not sure what the NSX has over the RX-7 apart from an awesome intake noise, and reliability; it's bigger & heavier but less practical, fairly sure it won't have the performance of my modestly boosted Seven, not the best rep for on the limit handling either. A very cool car, but probably not the step I'm looking for. I'd be interested in the Type R, but that seems to be a bit above budget, as expected https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/...nda-nsx-type-r

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    I love the first-gen R8 V8 manual, but understand if you don't.

    What about the new NSX? Admittedly maintenance may be an issue.

    I still think a hot Exige is the answer, but I'm obviously biased.

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    I like the original R8 V8 manual too, and it's probably a decent time to buy one.

    Issue with the new NSX is weight and complexity; I see it as a mid-engined GTR, and would probably pick the Nissan out of the 500+hp V6 turbo 1700kg 4WD Japanese cars. But I'm more a kind of steer-it-on-the-throttle guy than wanting the car to be torque vectoring for me.

    Exige, maybe, not sure about build quality and useability but probably hits the mark dynamically.

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    I've booked a test drive in an A110 for next Saturday. The residuals are quite strong on these, with launch models still going for £45k or so from c.£52k new in 2018. So I'd probably lean towards buying one new, likely the GT since it has a lot of the spec I'd want anyway, plus a little more top-end. I think I don't want the S, as the supple suspension is part of the draw.
    If I went this way I could also use it as a daily driver, halving fuel use, except when I need to carry stuff.


    I've booked a weekend in this 570S for mid-June

    the hire is quite pricey, but since it'll be my first experience of a whole car category it seems worth investing in order to learn what they're like to 'live with' for a few days.


    Morgan have their own hire fleet which looks reasonable, however only the Plus 4 currently. They've said they'll be getting a Super 3 on the fleet late summer / early autumn, so I'll probably try and get a day or two in one of those. Not that quick or capable, but I'm attracted by the potential excitement of it. There was a rumour they might do a four-wheeled derivative of the same in time, which I think could be interesting; having gone to the trouble of making their first monocoque it would make sense to use it.


    I watched Leno's Z06 vid and got a bit more interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRU3UDvhF0s it's clearly an awesome thing. I just think it's even wider, longer and heavier than the McLarens, not sure I want to go there. But an impressive achievement.


    There's also Superformance's Shelby Daytona Coupe replica https://www.totalheadturners.com/car...daytona-coupe/ , which is the 'Cobra' I'd be interested in. These have IRS and are a bit more refined, although I'm sure still pretty primitive compared to a modern supercar. I love the looks and the heritage, the story of attempting to apply science to the Cobra and winning. The size, weight, power, torque and sound are all pretty attractive too.


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    Man that Cobra is cool. But not being filthy rich with a fleet of cars I would steer towards something with some sort of service network
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