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« on: December 04, 2003, 11:25:08 AM »
Went for a test drive last Sunday, then took my wife for one on the Monday - ordered one when we got back to the showroom !  Picking it up tomorrow .. making this the longest day in the world ever.

I loved the test drive and the salesman showed it off a bit as well kicking the back end out on corners then let me put my foot down and get it up to 9000rpm just to let me feel what that was like .. absolutely stunning car, and when we went out the second time my wife and i had no option but to bring the kids .. both fitted in the back no problem !  Got some seriously funny looks when getting them out back at the showroom, people were probably wondering how you could fit two kids in carseats into the back of something that looked that good !

I\'ve been reading some people\'s thoughts about the power and sense of speed and i have to say that it feels a hell of a lot faster than the TT i had for a while, and a lot more fun.  Clarkson\'s review is spot on for once !

Now just got to twiddle my thumbs for another 24hrs .. never going to get to sleep tonight .. nothing new though having one son who\'s still only 5 weeks old !

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2003, 12:05:29 PM »
Excellent, they sound excellent cars and they look lovely in the flesh.  Glad you\'ve decided on an awesome car mate :)

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2003, 12:16:13 PM »
Bloody hell - I\'ve had to wait 2 months for mine, you\'re waiting 24hrs?  :rollin

Glad you like the car, can\'t wait to get in mine also!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2003, 12:17:12 PM »
Yeah I had a shortlist of either a nearly new TT or Elise or Brand Spanking new RX-8 .... had a TT for a while and although good, i\'m not a hairdresser, and the Elise was too unpractical for me to justify it.  The drive to work and back has to be pleasureable as well when sitting in the traffic, the Elise was too uncomfortable, but immense fun to drive.

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2003, 12:20:25 PM »
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Bloody hell - I\'ve had to wait 2 months for mine, you\'re waiting 24hrs?  :rollin

Glad you like the car, can\'t wait to get in mine also!


yeah well i was lucky they had exatly the one i wanted in stock, infact i had a choice of either the red or silver, and had to have the silver as we\'ve got a 6 already in Titanium and didn\'t want His\'n\'Hers cars in the driveway.  Very nice in red, but read a thread here that that\'s the most popular colour with the ladies and anyway my dealership has sold a lot more red ones than silver, so they\'ll be a little more common.

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2003, 08:07:54 PM »
Congratulations.  I\'m sure you will really enjoy it.

I will have had mine for 4 weeks on Friday and the excitement still hasn\'t worn off yet.

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2004, 05:26:16 PM »
Aha! Just what i was waiting to hear! I had a look at the Test Drive topic, and it seemed the majority of people were not overly impressed with the 8\'s talents...but i\'ve read so many glowing reports in the specialist motoring press (including 2 \'Coupe of the Year\' awards) that i didn\'t know what to believe!

Do you think that the fact the dealership you bought from let you drive the car properly had anything to do with the difference in opinion? I\'ve heard the 8 is a little...dull (looking for a better word!) before 6000rpm?

Also, in your opinion, would you recommend the 8 for someone looking to make the move from a shed to a sports car? Apparently the linearity of the power delivery makes it both easy and predictable to drive...would you agree?

I\'m thinking about getting one (after spending years after an FD!) and would like very much to hear how you\'re getting along with it!
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2004, 08:47:32 AM »
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Aha! Just what i was waiting to hear! I had a look at the Test Drive topic, and it seemed the majority of people were not overly impressed with the 8\'s talents...


It seems that most people that knock it are expecting a hairy-chested turbo and dismiss it purely on the lack of engine torque. People talk about BHP, but I think everyone has forgotten what that\'s all about, and take an instant dislike anything with less than 200ft-lb at idle. :rolleyes:

If you want to read a million "I drove an RX8 and I didn\'t like it because the 1/4 mile is only 15 seconds" threads try rx8club.com! (Reading one or two is quite illuminating in fact)

 This always seems a little unfair to me - much like driving a Ferrari and then moaning about running costs.

It\'s a driver\'s car, no question, and comparing it with the Elise is the right thing to do... the problem is most of the moaners are comparing it with a BMW330d. (Which, I might add, is pushing 10k more expensive.)

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Do you think that the fact the dealership you bought from let you drive the car properly had anything to do with the difference in opinion?



Very likely - it\'s definitely not quick until 5000 revs - but I like that. It gives it a real split personality and makes it easy to deal with around town. The other problem with first appearances is that you\'re very unlikely to push it hard enough to find the limits in a 20 minute pootle around the local dual carriageways.

It make a cracking first sports car because of the dual personality and the forgiving nature of, well, all of it, and the excellent DSC which lets things go just a little bit before it intervenes. This means you get used to feeling the car let go and come back, rather than the whole process being hidden from you and then biting you the first time you really do push it.

If you switch DSC off it\'s extremely progressive although I\'m not desperately happy with the Bridgestones.

The only problem you\'d have coming from an FD is getting over the different shape of the power curve. OTOH there\'s no lag to worry about. :D

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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2004, 12:27:58 AM »
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Yeah I had a shortlist of either a nearly new TT or Elise or Brand Spanking new RX-8 .... had a TT for a while and although good, i\'m not a hairdresser, and the Elise was too unpractical for me to justify it.  The drive to work and back has to be pleasureable as well when sitting in the traffic, the Elise was too uncomfortable, but immense fun to drive.


Fair comments.