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post #61 of 102
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Originally Posted by Sprezzatura2010 View Post
A Viper is a musclecar, not a sports car. It drives like a truck at legal speeds. Something like an Elise or S2000 is fun at 15mph and at 115mph.
If you're driving a Viper at 15 m.p.h you obviously have issues that need working out. I've always seen the S2000 as a somewhat practical car comparative to a Z4 or 350Z, I don't see it as a weekend car, unless one has children. The Lotus is one of my favorites, but in no way would I consider a s2000 over a Viper....especially a purpose built track car like the ACR.
post #62 of 102
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
Dodge Challenger (the souped up version) new
Are you referring to the vin-less/light weight/for racing only challengers that they will be selling to select people?
post #63 of 102
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Originally Posted by limping_decorum View Post
Are you referring to the vin-less/light weight/for racing only challengers that they will be selling to select people?
I'm still lost as to how they made that car so outrageously heavy.
post #64 of 102
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Originally Posted by Sprezzatura2010 View Post
Was the Noble ever imported to the US? Immediate parts availability might be an issue because I think most of the stuff in there is off-the-shelf from British-market cars, but beyond that it's a pretty simple car. Fiberglass body over a steel spaceframe, right?

Yeah it's a pretty simple car, I think the first had a Ford motor in them but not sure the more current ones. Was a more powerful motor than the Toyota engine in the Lotus but I don't think it was as light either.

I'm almost positive they were sold here but I'm not sure where you get them. I knew an acquaintance who purchased one in California.
post #65 of 102
Was going to say Sagaris but that would be 40-48K £ ... There is a usTVR club but does not look like there are any newer TVR's stateside. Anyone seen the ZR1 vs ACT on Nurburgring, the ACR destroys the ZR1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08nxInpgTGc
post #66 of 102
You could pop for a '89 911 Speedster as well. A car which seems really impractical, but is generally as practical as any other 3.2l Motronic 911. Until you put the top up, when it feels like a bully pulled your cap over your eyes.
post #67 of 102
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Originally Posted by Southern-Nupe View Post
If you're driving a Viper at 15 m.p.h you obviously have issues that need working out.

Or you're in a parking lot. Anyway, up the number to 65mph and the argument still holds. The car has so much power and such wide tires that it's either going to drive like a truck in non-racing situations or it's going to kill people at high speeds. Given how bad the latter would be for a company's bottom line (lawsuits aplenty) Chrysler wisely tuned the Viper for the former.
post #68 of 102
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Originally Posted by Sprezzatura2010 View Post
Or you're in a parking lot. Anyway, up the number to 65mph and the argument still holds. The car has so much power and such wide tires that it's either going to drive like a truck in non-racing situations or it's going to kill people at high speeds. Given how bad the latter would be for a company's bottom line (lawsuits aplenty) Chrysler wisely tuned the Viper for the former.
Outside of the tricky shifter and poor interior, I don't see much in comparison to a truck, given the fact the car is able to corner well with minimal body roll. I will admit the Viper is not made for parking lot auto-X, it's at it's best on an open track, with long sweepers. I don't think the Viper and a S2000 can be compared, one was created to compete with exotics, the other with lower priced open-top sporty cars. Of the afforementioned cars, the Lotus would bee the best bet, given the OP already has a DD?

.....At the price point of the Viper, the Z06 would likely get my nod, with hopes of the saved money going towards a better interior.
post #69 of 102
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Originally Posted by speedster.8 View Post
Was going to say Sagaris but that would be 40-48K £ ...
There is a usTVR club but does not look like there are any newer TVR's stateside.

Anyone seen the ZR1 vs ACT on Nurburgring, the ACR destroys the ZR1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08nxInpgTGc
The Sagaris is one of the few cars that almost takes me to an orgasmic state based on looks alone. Raw and undependable....it lives up to it's British sportscar heritage.
post #70 of 102
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Originally Posted by Southern-Nupe View Post
If you're driving a Viper at 15 m.p.h you obviously have issues that need working out. .
[quote=speedster.8;1366968]Was going to say Sagaris but that would be 40-48K £ ... There is a usTVR club but does not look like there are any newer TVR's stateside. /quote] Want. TVR. Sagaris. Crazy. Freaking. Car.
post #71 of 102
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Originally Posted by speedster.8 View Post
Was going to say Sagaris but that would be 40-48K £ ... There is a usTVR club but does not look like there are any newer TVR's stateside. /quote] Want. TVR. Sagaris. Crazy. Freaking. Car.
Weren't they at one time considering shipping new models stateside, prior to their economic fallout?

The Sagaris is outrageously crazy....no ABS, no traction or YAW control, just an insanely powerful inline-6 fitted to a lightweight body.
post #72 of 102
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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post
I got to drive a Delorean once. MAN did it suck. This car doesn't even have power steering. F*ck that... This is hilarious!!! Check out the guys face when he races the Ariel on the track! Link to Vid of Ariel...
post #73 of 102
Years ago, I saw a eggplant pearl V8 TVR Cerbera driving around Palo Alto CA. I followed him for about 10 minutes and when he pulled into a gas station I had to accost him. I asked him how he got it into the US, he said it was a pain in the ass. I bothered him for about the next 40 minutes asking about it. His name was Faisal. The most ridiculous sounding car I have ever heard. edit: i just did a random search for Faisal and TVR... here's his site http://www.tvrfreak.com/
post #74 of 102
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Originally Posted by Sprezzatura2010 View Post
A Viper is a musclecar, not a sports car. It drives like a truck at legal speeds. Something like an Elise or S2000 is fun at 15mph and at 115mph.

No. A Viper is a sports car. A 71 Dodge Challenger is a Muscle car. (I've owned both cars, and know the difference.) A Viper is one of the "purest" modern sports cars in existence, with no computer assisted driving aids. It's just driver inputs that control the car, not some engineer's stability programming.

You clearly have never driven a Viper if you think it drives like a truck at legal speeds. It has near perfect weight distribution, and is extremely responsive and fun to drive at moderate speeds on twisty roads, and will chew up and spit out an Elise or an S2000 on a track. (And it's fun at 190mph, where you'll never get to in an Elise or S2000.)
post #75 of 102
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Originally Posted by Kai View Post
You clearly have never driven a Viper if you think it drives like a truck at legal speeds.
Actually, I've driven two, though admittedly I have never driven a truck so perhaps they are worse than they look. One was a first model year (1993?) that was so poorly sorted and generally awful that it made a Corvette seem like a highly refined automobile. The exhaust note was also about as exciting as listening to one of those USPS vanlets go by. The second was the current generation, maybe 2004 or 2005. In both cases, I have higher standards than that.
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