There is no car I want to buy next.

There is no car I want to buy next.

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hornbaek

3,392 posts

201 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Same "problem" here. Can't figure out what to buy next. On some days, I think the ICE days are numbered, so might as well get the 812 GTS and then take it with me in the grave. Other day's I think that getting a V12 supercar is complete waste of money and next to useless due to its size and power so should instead drop the whole motoring thing and settle for an electric Fiat 500.

NicG

89 posts

160 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I have had the same problem with powerful front engined, rwd cars. My V12 Vantage was very frustrating in terms of putting the power down. I find mid-engine cars the purest fun but have a soft spot for 911s which are great fun once you have worked out how to get the best out their innate traction. I understand the point about them not feeling special but I am in the camp that appreciates their dual personality.

I currently run a manual 430 which is hugely engaging, feeling like one of the last ‘analogue’ sports/super cars. It is light on its feet and very agile with more than enough performance. It feels like the completed version of the 360 I once owned and perfect for our roads. I would have to say that I had almost as much fun in the 360 and you wouldn’t feel short changed owning it.

Crazy4557

509 posts

160 months

Tuesday 8th June
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hornbaek said:
Same "problem" here. Can't figure out what to buy next. On some days, I think the ICE days are numbered, so might as well get the 812 GTS and then take it with me in the grave. Other day's I think that getting a V12 supercar is complete waste of money and next to useless due to its size and power so should instead drop the whole motoring thing and settle for an electric Fiat 500.
Mmmmm.. we all have good days and bad days, me thinks you've just had a very bad day.
We all need to make the best of the limited time left for the ICE so when you have the next good day go and buy that 812GTS or whatever and make sure you take it to the grave before it gets scrapped by all the do gooders.

mwstewart

6,084 posts

154 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Try a '90's hot hatch. Mostly great fun in driving terms, and they they will make you appreciate many other facets of later cars - other than performance - that we take for granted.

DeejRC

2,162 posts

48 months

Wednesday 9th June
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I’m almost sort of with you, but almost sort of opposite. I’m (hopefully) just concluding a deal to sell the 4C and buying a V12 donkey. I’ve endlessly cycled between 599, Vanq, DBSS, 911 Turbo and F12 over the last few months. Changed my mind every week, but have now decided on F12, found my car, done the money as it were.
I’ve always wanted to own a V12, but at the same time I feel it is pushed on me a bit *now* before Greta and co have them banned. And I do genuinely worry that that will happen in a nearish future.

Harry Flashman

15,285 posts

208 months

Wednesday 9th June
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The budget Maserati plan has scratched the itch. Beautiful, sounds amazing, great fun at low speed, and so far has not exploded. Yet.

CLS63 AMG will be sold after our Somerset trip this summer. The old Maser scratches the special and manageable in London boxes, admirably.

The cheapness of this car vs how fun at low speeds and use able it is makes it worthwhile. The FF/Lusso would have disappointed, in retrospect, as expectations would have been too high and use ability too low (size, mainly).





Edited by Harry Flashman on Wednesday 9th June 18:37


Edited by Harry Flashman on Wednesday 9th June 18:39

MrVert

3,726 posts

205 months

Thursday
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/\ That’s a lovely looking car, looks positively small next to today’s offerings from most of the manufacturers.

Been through the same dilemma in recent years, as you get a bit older priorities change, what you want from a sports car changes, new technology further removes the driver from the actual driving involvement…& nothing new interested me. Either too large (992 GT3), Turbo engined (488, Macs etc) or just too much power / grip to get any enjoyment out of on the UK roads in most places.

For spirited weekend drives and track days, I’ve still got an S1 Elise, bought with a friend, modified it together…and it fulfils everything I want from a involving sports car. It’s worth about £15k all in and that’s probably why we enjoy it so much. It doesn’t matter if something goes wrong, it’s cheap to fix, cheap on consumables, cheap to maintain etc so the ratio of cost vs enjoyment is hugely on the positive side. It really does take you back to basics, which for me, is what having a sports car is all about.


The only cars tempting me at the moment are an Exige S3 or an Evora 410. Seeing a friend in a couple of weeks who’s just got a 19 plate Exige so I’ll be interested to see what it’s like compared to my GTS 981. I suspect before too long, I’ll end up in one.

A 987 Spyder would also be a good shout, small, light, just enough power etc….or a Cayman R. Both brilliant.

Edited by MrVert on Thursday 10th June 10:55

rev-erend

21,018 posts

250 months

Thursday
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BMW M2 comp manual.

priley

473 posts

154 months

Thursday
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Loving the Gransport. After much deliberation I'm now looking for the same-and in blue preferably (How's the light dash for reflecting in the windscreen?)

Cheib

20,404 posts

141 months

Thursday
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hornbaek said:
Same "problem" here. Can't figure out what to buy next. On some days, I think the ICE days are numbered, so might as well get the 812 GTS and then take it with me in the grave. Other day's I think that getting a V12 supercar is complete waste of money and next to useless due to its size and power so should instead drop the whole motoring thing and settle for an electric Fiat 500.
I had a very short drive in an 812 GTS on Monday....unfortuantely only really on dual carriageways so no chance to really see what it was like a country road. I absolutely love the look fo them but it left me a bit cold to be honest....I am sure when you push it hard it is an incredible machine but didn't really feel like much of an event when been driven well within its limits.

Taffy66

4,551 posts

68 months

Thursday
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Cheib said:
I had a very short drive in an 812 GTS on Monday....unfortuantely only really on dual carriageways so no chance to really see what it was like a country road. I absolutely love the look fo them but it left me a bit cold to be honest....I am sure when you push it hard it is an incredible machine but didn't really feel like much of an event when been driven well within its limits.
The 812GTS drives very differently to an 812SF coupe. The former has been tamed somewhat compared to the latter and loses something in the bargain. The 812SF is by far the most exciting and intoxicating car i've ever driven with more than a hint of dangerous intimidation which i really like. The extra 120Kg of the GTS with softer springs/damping and the quieter GPF muffled exhaust takes away a lot of the drama which oozes from the 812SF.
The 812SF will be coming to my garage soon but personally i felt too self conscious in the GTS on top of the aforementioned reasons above.

sparta6

2,589 posts

66 months

Thursday
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DeejRC said:
I’m almost sort of with you, but almost sort of opposite. I’m (hopefully) just concluding a deal to sell the 4C and buying a V12 donkey. I’ve endlessly cycled between 599, Vanq, DBSS, 911 Turbo and F12 over the last few months. Changed my mind every week, but have now decided on F12, found my car, done the money as it were.
I’ve always wanted to own a V12, but at the same time I feel it is pushed on me a bit *now* before Greta and co have them banned. And I do genuinely worry that that will happen in a nearish future.
Great choice !

What will Greta do with her spare time once she's eradicated classic cars from our roads ?

Perhaps she will eradicate the industrial pollution levels from India, China and Russia ???