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T350 or S1 Exige?

  

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  1. 1. T350 or S1 Exige?

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noble. or cerbera rip out the tvr stuff and put something good in like an audi v8 and drivetrain. or how about a project ultimaMy link

There's a couple of LS-powered TVR's about, that would be pretty special - massive (reliable) V8 underpinnings in a TVR body. Unfortunately its still pretty new in the T350/Tamora models so conversion prices are skyhigh. Liking the Ultima, I don't have a garage for it though!

Darren, like you I was underwhelmed by the Porsche, it was only a 996 Carrera2 but it didn't feel quick or special at all. Didn't sound too bad though. I did a bit of a search for an Honda'd S1 Elise, can't find any at the moment (although there are a few S2's about) its certainly something I'll think about - granted, as you say, it wouldn't be a real Exige but I reckon I can overlook it!

As I mentioned before though, I may go with the "middle ground" between a TVR and S1 Exige and get an S2 Exige. Unless prices take a dip I'll struggle to justify a Supercharged one, but we'll see.

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S2 Exiges are ace

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I looked into both those options last month... I was thinking of moving on. However I decided both of them need a garage which I don't have at the moment. Out of the two I would go with the Lotus... Better engineering. Simple!

In the end I bought another Ducati!

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Honda S2000

Honda Civic Type R

Nissan Skyline

Ford Escort Cosworth

Ford Focus RS

VW Golf GTI / R32

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII - X

Subaru Impreza

Porsche Boxster

Vauxhall VX220

Noble M12

Skoda VRS

Any of those a good idea? I know you said you weren't into Boxsters, but to be fair my Dad had one and found it ideal for everyday use. Not too thirsty, practical, comfortable, sporty when you wanted it to be. Not too dear on fuel if you get the 2.7L too.

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I've "done" the Honda thing with an ITR, great car, but not for me.

Skyline - nah

Ford Escort/Focus - Don't like Fords ;) And I wouldn't go from a 320bhp V6 Alfa to a Ford 4cyl, Turbo'd or not :P

VW GTi/R32 - Would never be a patch on the GTA.

Lancer EVO's - Almost went there with an EVO 6 TME, too garish for me now.

Impreza's - Too common

Boxster - Too common, and its not a 911...sorry!

VX220 - Badge snobbery wouldn't allow me to have one over an Elise.

Noble M12 - Not keen

Skoda VRS - The devils fuel. I'd cry going from the GTA engine to a TDi!

Appriciate the suggestions, but I've scoured the classifieds numerous times its always come back to the Lotus/TVR offerings. If I could stretch the budget past £20k then it opens up other options for me, but below that price nothing else has tickled me fancy.

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Skoda VRS are petrols...

but they aren't in the same leaque as what we're talking about...

I think now all you can do is test drive ?

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Skoda VRS are petrols...

Octavia's are petrol, Fabia's are diesel.

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Why the **** would you want a Skoda? He has given two performance two seater cars and a budget of £20k... He is clearly not looking at Skoda!

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:lol:

I never even noticed that, yeah, it does differ a little bit to the two he was torn between!

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a porsche for that money would be a very boring example

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DickyP has just got an Octavia vRS, lovely car, but it's not where my money would go ;)

£22k though, for a non-Supercharged? For a few extra thousand I could get an ExigeS with all the benefits a 'charger brings, although I'm seriously pushing my budget there.

:lol:

Caterham not come into the equasion?

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1913188.htm

Yes please! :rolleyes:

As much as a Caterham would be awesome, I can't help but wonder where my £21k goes. An Exige would offer 95% of the thrills, yet offers 200% more usability. If I could have a 5-car garage, then yes, a Caterham would certainly be in the collection. On a 2-car driveway, I'm afraid its out!

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is the opel gt available in the uk? maybe badged as a vauxhall as there is one parked outside the hotel and tbh i quite like it.

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considered or been in a vauxhall monaro? should be useable and fun. and bit different, was one with 635hp less than 25k miles for 18 grand on pistonheads.

Edited by jonnykell1980

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Matty, et-all,

Example of how fast a series 1 Elise/Exige can be with Honda K20 power. http://www.vimeo.com/11578403

Decision made now Matty?

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considered or been in a vauxhall monaro? should be useable and fun. and bit different, was one with 635hp less than 25k miles for 18 grand on pistonheads.

Not keen on the Monaro, but like the VXR8. Unfortunately, I've become something of an interior whore - the LupoGTi and AlfaGTA both have great interiors, and I can forgive the Elise because of its minimalist functionality, but the VXR8 interior is nasty. The flipside is that a good VXR8 fetches about £20-21k, and I'd be tempted to wait a little longer for RS4's to dip below £25k or find the extra.

Of course, in both cases I'd just have one as an only car, and currently I'm after a 2nd car/sunday car/trackday car.

Matty, et-all,

Example of how fast a series 1 Elise/Exige can be with Honda K20 power. http://www.vimeo.com/11578403

Decision made now Matty?

S/C Honda Exige = nearly £30k :( They're good value when they've got nearly £15k's worth of mods, and there is one on PH for £28k which is only £5-6k more than a good S1 Exige. And while I could stretch to £28k at an absolute push, I'd be financially crippling myself with a large loan....

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This thread was a bad idea, I blame Darren for putting silly ideas in my head :( £10k loan over 5 years is only £198 a month. While I wouldn't want that kind of repayment on top of running costs for a TVR, I'd hope the Exige with that setup would be pretty bulletproof as the VHPD is really the main weakpoint of a standard Exige.

Of course, it'd never be a 'collectors item' like a standard S1 Exige is set to be, but I'm not a collector so I don't care.

http://www.pistonheads.co.uk/sales/2079435.htm

Tell a lie, its not S/C, just regular Honda. S/C one is £33k on there!

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With you having discounted some of the other suggestions I might make, I'd say get a TVR because the Exige will be just too similar to your Elise.

A mate of mine had an early mid-life crisis and, never having shown any interest in anything petrolhead ever, bought a T350C. He got rid of it after 3 months because it scared him silly, but I did get a go in it before he bailed.

Have you tried a Caterham? Expensive yes but they're the most in-your-face thing this side of a motorbike. Not a very safe road car granted, but for a track day...

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I know they in theory can go up in money, but the running costs probably wipes off any profit you could have made... Buying a car youre not going to use in the hope its worth more in the future is pointless. Much better ways of making money....

Edited by Putney

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Like the people that bought the mini cooper GP. one guy got it off the back of the truck and put it on a plinth in his living room

Edited by 2001gti

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