Pics of your Fast Estate...

Pics of your Fast Estate...

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RSbandit

1,524 posts

99 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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ninepoint2 said:
One of the reasons I bought it, so my kids could experience a V10, albeit as you say in a crazy combination of family wagon. I also have an old D2 S8, with the 4.2 V8. Just need to make sure they have enough videos of them to show their kids if they have any..who will be living in a very sad world of EVs, though they will be quick and quiet but equally soulless
Nice one I had a V10 plus R8 for a while and the engine is a masterpiece so nice to let your kids experience it. And the Ronin S8 too lovely! Agree I find the whole EV thing hard to love tbh it's inevitable I guess.

donkmeister

3,793 posts

67 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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MDMA . said:
donkmeister said:
Might not look like much but... 300bhp, 6-speed auto, comfy seats, sports suspension (i.e. stiffer and lower with 18" alloys), cost me barely £2k when it had 6 years and 50k miles under its belt. It took us across Europe several times. Yes, it is the mighty Vauxhall Vectra Elite 2.8T with remap of questionable provenance.

Depending on your definition of "normal", one of the last normal models from normal manufacturers to have a 6 cylinder engine.

I bloody loved that car. I still follow his progress through his MOTs, and from the failures and subsequent passes can see that his most recent owner seems to be keen to keep him going too.

I have a strange desire for the Vectra VXR estate. Arden Blue of course.
Do it. It's got similar capacity to an E-class estate, and tbh the passenger compartment had more room and in old-man Elite-spec was almost as comfortable.

A few notes I had that would carry over to the VXR:

1) If you DIY, sparkplug changes are a bugger on the rear bank of the V6 as you need to remove the inlet manifold... not too expensive at a Vauxhall garage but those may be on the wane now.
2) I would recommend changing the rear camber - standard setting is like the "stanced" look that apparently gets cars confiscated in Germany (and also wears tyres out quickly), but if you have a more neutral setting the handling is still good enough for everyday use and the tyres last a bit longer.
3) Tyre choices were surprisingly limited... I understand this was due to the autobox pushing the front axle into a different weight category, however I had very little choice in tyres with 18" rims, a W speed rating and the correct load rating.

PomBstard

4,652 posts

209 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Current...



Previous...



And a reminder that 300bhp estates aren’t always fun, or even any good...


Jader1973

2,719 posts

167 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Holden Commodore VF series 2 SSV Redline.

None of this AWD or turbocharging nonsense. Good old fashioned RWD 6.2 litre pushrod V8: 407 hp, 570 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.

They also only cost 32k GBP brand new.





Sadly it went back in June 2017 and they are no longer made.

The "fast" Commodore estate is now a AWD NA V6 (rebadged Insignia) , which, while it is technically superior to the locally built cars, has none of the charm.


CustardOnChips

1,661 posts

29 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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535d

I considered it quick rather than fast. But judging by what others think is fast, maybe it is fast.

Edited by CustardOnChips on Saturday 18th May 07:22

baconsarney

10,840 posts

128 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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The flying brick.... (it's the red one on the right biggrin )


mstrbkr

8,787 posts

165 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Lovely cars in this thread. I've only got a slow estate so I'll just watch hehe

Triumph Man

7,339 posts

135 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Jader1973 said:
Holden Commodore VF series 2 SSV Redline.

None of this AWD or turbocharging nonsense. Good old fashioned RWD 6.2 litre pushrod V8: 407 hp, 570 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.

They also only cost 32k GBP brand new.





Sadly it went back in June 2017 and they are no longer made.

The "fast" Commodore estate is now a AWD NA V6 (rebadged Insignia) , which, while it is technically superior to the locally built cars, has none of the charm.
I had a Commodore VF SV6 saloon as one of my hire cars in Australia, and, although clearly no where near as quick as yours, you are right in that they have a certain charm and character to them. I was sad to give it back!

Edited by Triumph Man on Saturday 18th May 08:06

griffin dai

2,934 posts

116 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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MDMA . said:
donkmeister said:
Might not look like much but... 300bhp, 6-speed auto, comfy seats, sports suspension (i.e. stiffer and lower with 18" alloys), cost me barely £2k when it had 6 years and 50k miles under its belt. It took us across Europe several times. Yes, it is the mighty Vauxhall Vectra Elite 2.8T with remap of questionable provenance.

Depending on your definition of "normal", one of the last normal models from normal manufacturers to have a 6 cylinder engine.

I bloody loved that car. I still follow his progress through his MOTs, and from the failures and subsequent passes can see that his most recent owner seems to be keen to keep him going too.

I have a strange desire for the Vectra VXR estate. Arden Blue of course.
I’m torn between another v6 9-3 wagon or vectra estate, really fancy the VXR but a 400 bhp Elite would make a nice sleeper!

Welshbeef

44,895 posts

165 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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RSbandit said:
ninepoint2 said:
Such a rare beast compared to the C7 crazy engine to have in an estate car!
A different league of Bork / running costs than the RS4 but foot to the boards it flies.
So many rolling roads found that the 572bhp quoted is actually much more like 610-616bhp

MiniMan64

14,363 posts

157 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Fast enough?

Deefor62

259 posts

115 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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No longer mine, but it was great fun.

AC43

9,164 posts

175 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Current one. 380 bhp & debadged.



Previous one 300 bhp



And the one before that, also 300bhp (stock photo)


PomBstard

4,652 posts

209 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Jader1973 said:
Holden Commodore VF series 2 SSV Redline.

None of this AWD or turbocharging nonsense. Good old fashioned RWD 6.2 litre pushrod V8: 407 hp, 570 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.

They also only cost 32k GBP brand new.





Sadly it went back in June 2017 and they are no longer made.

The "fast" Commodore estate is now a AWD NA V6 (rebadged Insignia) , which, while it is technically superior to the locally built cars, has none of the charm.
I still see a late SSVR wagon or maybe a Clubsport wagon as the only viable alternatives to the Lib when we outgrow it in a couple of years

Deefor62

259 posts

115 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Current fast estate. Well it’s my wife’s actually. I drive a V70 that definitely doesn’t fall under the banner of fast estate, but would fit right in the barge thread.

AC43

9,164 posts

175 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Jader1973 said:
Holden Commodore VF series 2 SSV Redline.

None of this AWD or turbocharging nonsense. Good old fashioned RWD 6.2 litre pushrod V8:
I'm gradually making my way there; RWD N/A V8's; 4.3L => 5.0L => 5.5L. It's a great recipe.

Clubman270

943 posts

164 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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I 'think' it's an estate....

John Cooper Works MINI Clubman, 270bhp


MiniMan64

14,363 posts

157 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Deefor62 said:
No longer mine, but it was great fun.
hehe

Typical!

You post your fast Alfa up thinking nobodies put anything Italian up yet and then someone puts up a much faster version of your car straight afterwards!!

GravelBen

14,405 posts

197 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Clubman270 said:
I 'think' it's an estate....

John Cooper Works MINI Clubman, 270bhp

Blue, gold wheels, letterbox... its trying to be a Subaru! hehe

CharlieAlphaMike

736 posts

72 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Are 'quick' estates allowed? It's been a few years since I owned this: