Residuals, Man Maths and a 540C

Residuals, Man Maths and a 540C

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justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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The Surveyor said:
That GT is stunning thumbup

I think there is indeed a natural similarity between the TVR, Lotus , Aston and McLaren which seams to have owners moving from one to another, maybe we're just attracted to the 'plucky Brit taking on the world' attitude which steers people away from the more established German and Italian options. It's certainly why I didn't buy a Boxster or Z4 when I first started, and why I didn't buy a 911 or 430 later on choosing to go from TVR Griffith, Chimaera, and Tuscan Convertible then onto to Aston Martin Vantage V8 before buying the 570s.
Very similar thoughts to me. In fact I think the 540C has a lot of similarities to an Exige. More space inside, more power, but some characteristics that remind me of it. Might be the driving position, and the view out the wing mirrors. Not sure. Its certainly similar handling, very 'pointy'

The Surveyor

6,891 posts

184 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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justin220 said:
Very similar thoughts to me. In fact I think the 540C has a lot of similarities to an Exige. More space inside, more power, but some characteristics that remind me of it. Might be the driving position, and the view out the wing mirrors. Not sure. Its certainly similar handling, very 'pointy'
There are a few ex-Lotus guys working at McLaren, and if you watch the Chris Harris 570GT road test he also confirms the 'Lotus-like' handling so you're in good company with your handling comment thumbup

DaveDalgarn

21 posts

128 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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very interested in a 540C but trying to work out residuals on the cars after a couple of years ownership...what's your thoughts on residuals?

The Surveyor

6,891 posts

184 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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DaveDalgarn said:
very interested in a 540C but trying to work out residuals on the cars after a couple of years ownership...what's your thoughts on residuals?
I would say residuals are somewhere between a GT3 Porsche and an Audi R8, similar to Porsche Turbo.

dobbie

107 posts

135 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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Thanks for the feedback, interesting so many TVR owners have moved to McLaren I guess it’s the British thing I for one wouldn’t buy anything else but a British sports car,I’ve had 3 TVRs and its time to move on and get something that’s more comfortable to drive as I’m getting older :-(

justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Friday 16th March 2018
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dobbie said:
Thanks for the feedback, interesting so many TVR owners have moved to McLaren I guess it’s the British thing I for one wouldn’t buy anything else but a British sports car,I’ve had 3 TVRs and its time to move on and get something that’s more comfortable to drive as I’m getting older :-(
One similarity is the glove box, they are both cheap and nasty!

Although at least the McL one doesn't flap open when you go over a speed bump hehe

justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Tuesday 27th March 2018
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First drive out today, although didn't start very well as when I got in the car, the battery was at 0%

It's been on charge for a couple of weeks and started ok, so hopefully it's ok.

Again the weather was pretty awful, but managed 50 miles or so. What a brilliant bit of kit. I had a quick play around in Sport and Track mode, but will wait until it's dry next time hehe

The steering is very light, which strangely makes it quite nervous to drive I'm finding. I'll get used to it I'm sure. The power is phenomenal. Never driven anything like it. I actually quite like the sound it makes when pressing on.

Wipers have a mind of their own, and can't for the life of me figure out the sat nav!

Absolutely delighted with it so far!


justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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First fill up.. rather economical!


justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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And a quick clean to get the salt and grit off..





BlueIn2Red

297 posts

154 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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28mpg, blimey! What kind of driving was that trip please?

Targarama

14,275 posts

230 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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BlueIn2Red said:
28mpg, blimey! What kind of driving was that trip please?
On long runs I regularly get 34mpg from mine. Its only once you're having fun the economy drops.

BlueIn2Red

297 posts

154 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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Interesting. I've never actually worked it out properly, but I'm sure I get nowhere near 20mpg from my 458, even on a gentle long run. I do try to have fun most of the time though.

FerdiZ28

1,355 posts

81 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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That is gorgeous in red. Probably won’t be in the market for one for a few years but I like threads like this, keep it up as a journal, helps with big unaffordable decisions 😀

justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Thursday 29th March 2018
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FerdiZ28 said:
That is gorgeous in red. Probably won’t be in the market for one for a few years but I like threads like this, keep it up as a journal, helps with big unaffordable decisions ??
Thanks, and will do, even just for myself it's interesting to look back from the start. I got surrounded at the petrol station by people taking pictures. Bit embarrassing! It certainly doesn't blend in hehe

BlueIn2Red said:
28mpg, blimey! What kind of driving was that trip please?
Probably a good mix of motorway cruise at 70, bit of town driving, and a good bit of spirited driving on a B road. I would think it's probably a fair reflection on what I'll get long term. 30+ would be reasonably easy with a light foot.

I was averaging about 21-23mpg in the V8V so this feels positively frugal!

justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Saturday 31st March 2018
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Another good few miles under my belt now, again the weather hasn't been great.

Positives -
I love all the interior touches, such as the control stalks and switchgear. It feels very different.
So easy to drive. I'm going to get my wife to have a shot as well, although she seems to be scared of it.

Negatives -
Not many really, still getting used to the steering weight, and accuracy.
IRIS is a bit fiddly to use quickly.

540C by justinking1986, on Flickr

540C by justinking1986, on Flickr

540C by justinking1986, on Flickr

540C by justinking1986, on Flickr

Frrair

706 posts

81 months

Saturday 31st March 2018
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Nice to see a red one, great photo on the bridge.

dsl2

1,246 posts

148 months

Saturday 31st March 2018
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Looks surprisingly good in Red, please keep the car ownership feed back coming & great pics too!

McAnt

27 posts

27 months

Sunday 1st April 2018
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dsl2 said:
Looks surprisingly good in Red, please keep the car ownership feed back coming & great pics too!
Second that!!

justin220

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4,207 posts

151 months

Monday 2nd April 2018
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No problem, will do.

Spent most of the weekend taking people out in it, and washed and waxed it yesterday.

Put a vinyl number plate on a few days ago which was a lot easier said than done due to the curvature of the bumper both vertically and horizontally. Looks so much better with no front plate but not worth the risk IMO.



Next plan is to fit my dashcam, but need to work out which fuse to piggyback into.

It seems to have a strange whistling noise coming from the top of the windscreen when 'at speed'. It gets worse the quicker I go, and then oddly goes away when the window is open.

Chrism355

69 posts

107 months

Monday 2nd April 2018
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The whistling noise is probably window alignment, I had it my 12c, the dealer can adjust it no problem