First McLaren, still lost on models

First McLaren, still lost on models

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Kent Border Kenny

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2,219 posts

21 months

Monday 2nd November 2020
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8003px said:
Interested in your views now you have collected and what's to become of the SL63 as i loved mine and am now thinking of going the Mclaren route
I’ve started a separate thread with my first impressions, but it’s a bit sparse at the moment, as it’s rained nearly constantly since I collected it.

It’s a very different car to the Mercedes, but it can possibly replace it, as it’s just about easy enough to use that it would do the same jobs. It’ll depend on whether I ever get happy to just “cruise” in it, use it for going out to buy a paper, am happy using it in all weathers and so on, so I’m undecided in selling the SL yet. It’s currently sitting out of reach to me in my home abroad, so I’m in no rush.

The differences start when getting in. The McLaren has high and wide sills, so you don’t sit down into it as easily as the SL.

To drive, there’s no getting away from the fact that the SL has its roots in a relaxed GT style car. The McLaren feels like it’s being held on a lead, it wants to go fast. The SL doesn’t show what it has unless you ask it to.

Everything is taut in the 650, there is zero slack, and the suspension is definitely firmer.

As to whether it can replace the Mercedes for me, I’m not sure. If I were driving to the South of France on autoroutes, and then parking up by the beach, the SL would be the better choice, but if the route was through the alps mit’d be the McLaren.

I think that it’s comfortable enough and easy enough that the answer is yes, you can switch, but it definitely comes with some compromises. I may keep both, but they won’t both live at the same house.

8003px

159 posts

116 months

Monday 2nd November 2020
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Thanks for the reply, seems i need to do a bit more research and maybe go and have a test drive, but will have to wait now till new year i think.

Davidch

10 posts

136 months

Saturday 7th November 2020
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Well done on the new car, any pictures?

I’m on the look out for an R8 plus, would you mind pm me with details of how much you got for it?

Thanks

Kent Border Kenny

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2,219 posts

21 months

Saturday 7th November 2020
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Davidch said:
Well done on the new car, any pictures?

I’m on the look out for an R8 plus, would you mind pm me with details of how much you got for it?

Thanks
Mine was a Gen1, dry good condition, 23k miles, and went for 53k.

Davidch

10 posts

136 months

Sunday 8th November 2020
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;(

I would of had that 😭

What colour was it?

Kent Border Kenny

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2,219 posts

21 months

Sunday 8th November 2020
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Davidch said:
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I would of had that ??

What colour was it?
White, with black wheels.

All my cars were, I don’t really know what to do now that I’ve a grey one

Smoothound

99 posts

7 months

Sunday 8th November 2020
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Fair call biggrinbiggrin


Davidch

10 posts

136 months

Sunday 8th November 2020
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Get it wrapped

Gutted I didn’t see this thread weeks ago.

How are you finding the Mac??

Kent Border Kenny

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2,219 posts

21 months

Sunday 8th November 2020
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Davidch said:
Get it wrapped

Gutted I didn’t see this thread weeks ago.

How are you finding the Mac??
Frustratingly I’ve not yet driven it in the dry. I had a trip planned this weekend, but didn’t get the time.

First impressions are dominated by how very fast it is. I had got used to needing some revs to get the Audi flying, but this seems markedly faster without needing to go past 3,000 rpm.

I’m assuming that’s more impression than reality, but it really does take off like nothing I’ve driven before.

650spider

1,390 posts

132 months

Monday 9th November 2020
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Kent Border Kenny said:
Davidch said:
Get it wrapped

Gutted I didn’t see this thread weeks ago.

How are you finding the Mac??
Frustratingly I’ve not yet driven it in the dry. I had a trip planned this weekend, but didn’t get the time.

First impressions are dominated by how very fast it is. I had got used to needing some revs to get the Audi flying, but this seems markedly faster without needing to go past 3,000 rpm.

I’m assuming that’s more impression than reality, but it really does take off like nothing I’ve driven before.
The surprise of how fast the 650 is never wore off with me...every single time it left me gobsmacked.

It seems inconceivable that the 720 is noticeably quicker..or anything else for that matter.

The video clip of Mr JWW being left standing in a drag race in his 675 against a 918 just doesn't seem possible.

Rocketreid

353 posts

33 months

Monday 9th November 2020
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650spider said:
The surprise of how fast the 650 is never wore off with me...every single time it left me gobsmacked.

It seems inconceivable that the 720 is noticeably quicker..or anything else for that matter.

The video clip of Mr JWW being left standing in a drag race in his 675 against a 918 just doesn't seem possible.
The 720s is ballistically fast , too fast imo for just road use.

I switched from a 570s to a 720s with a very short time in a 650s. You do notice the performance difference even from a 650 to a 720, but more so the assured composure on a 720.

Not sure you need anything more than a 650 for just road use though !