Should I swap my F430 into a 540c/570s?

Should I swap my F430 into a 540c/570s?

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pomp1

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149 posts

141 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Morning
Ignoring residuals (assuming I can get a decent p/ex) is a Mclaren 540/570 enough of a step up from a F430?

The Ferrari puts a smile on my face every time I see it, drive it and put it away but I can’t help but lust after something newer......

I know the market is rather brutal right now but has anyone made the change?

Thanks

Pomp

alephnull

325 posts

116 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Switching is always expensive, so you'd have to have money to burn to change to another supercar. You can't use more power on British roads. My 360 is a blast to drive, I wouldn't switch it for anything. I would maybe buy a track day car in addition though...Caterham R400 or something...

johnnyreggae

2,305 posts

101 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Switching is expensive but it is a quantum leap in technology & capability in this instance

You probably won't get a sensible trade-in value (who ever does !) so don't tempt yourself by test-driving

MrVert

2,942 posts

180 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Possibly the worst time to do this (financially) in the last few years...

You'll get a low bid on the 430, even if you buy a 540/570 for a decent price (c.£100k), there'll be £10-£15k margin so you'll lose that also.

If you love your 430, keep it for now and enjoy it, I miss mine after stepping into a 458...

The post above also rings true with me re enjoying cars on the roads these days, the Macs are so capable, you'll be doing well to get anywhere their limits on the roads without doing stupid speeds. That's the reason the 458 went but the 118bhp Elise stayed in my case.

The 430 may not be anywhere near as capable as a 540/570, however as an event to drive it's right up there IMHO.

pomp1

Original Poster:

149 posts

141 months

Tuesday 14th May
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I think you’re right gents , I know this is the worst ever time to try and do this swap. Guess I’ll wait the year out to see what happens....
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Jack-flash

140 posts

13 months

Tuesday 14th May
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I must be missing something , why is it the worst time to buy or sell ?

4321go

446 posts

128 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Because buying a sports car is ALL about its investment potential and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the enjoyment of the driving experience. (Which, come to think of it, just about sums up the modern McLaren ethos for me.........)

dsl2

1,197 posts

142 months

Tuesday 14th May
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They are absolutely fantastic cars, a huge stride on in performance over a 430 they are as fast in a straight line as a 488.

I'd suggest taking a decent test drive, I'd be very surprised if you don't find yourself working out the man maths to make it happen.

mickpsu

143 posts

88 months

Wednesday 15th May
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dsl2 said:
.I'd suggest taking a decent test drive, I'd be very surprised if you don't find yourself working out the man maths to make it happen.
Be very careful, I test drove a 570 spyder, and walked out with a 720s.

355spiderguy

206 posts

112 months

Sunday 19th May
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pomp1 said:
I think you’re right gents , I know this is the worst ever time to try and do this swap. Guess I’ll wait the year out to see what happens....
I disagree.

I think that you would currently get a great deal for the F430 from a McLaren main dealer against a 540 or 570...they need to sell them.

Thing is, and no disrespect here as i came from an older Ferrari to McLaren, after a test drive your F430 will feel as though it was from 1920.

Go for a test drive and as a previous poster said, it would be strange if you didn't make the figures work...
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cayman-black

7,781 posts

157 months

Wednesday
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I wouldn't!

MDL111

3,451 posts

118 months

Wednesday
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I am not sure - I have not driven a McLaren, but would more see it as an addition as opposed to a replacement for a 430.
I wouldn't trade my 430 for a new "standard" McL or Ferrari, even if it cost the same. Maybe a 675LT (have a soft spot for those), but probably neither a Speciale or Pista actually. I also do agree with the poster above that they are all way too fast, so additional speed is imo of little interest (and I live in Germany so could actually use the performance if so inclined).

I'd probably test drive it and see if you like it enough. I think they will both lose value from today onwards (if you are looking at it from a financial perspective)

pomp1

Original Poster:

149 posts

141 months

Wednesday
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Think I’m going to hold onto the F430, I don’t think I’m good enough a driver to get the more from a McLaren than I do now from the 430 but it’s an itch I’m sure I’ll scratch maybe in a year. The rate the McLarens are dropping though means a 720s is going to be in budget fairly soon I personally feel.

That said every time I drive the 430 I love it and it still gets a fair few looks so time shall tell!

SydneyBridge

4,288 posts

99 months

Wednesday
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Keep the F430 and buy a 12c or 650 in addition