Newly joined and looking for opinions please.
My 350 Sport is great, but having driven a 380 for an hour recently and a 410 in July, it’s so clear both cars move the game on (Power delivery, poise, braking and looks, especially the 380) 410 by maybe 60% and 380 perhaps about 30%.
I sort of feel the 380 (no Nitrons) maybe better on road (my chosen domain), but have no experience if adjustable damping to know how a 410 and it’s 3-ways can be set up.
Prices now of both are closer, (less than 10k difference now), so it seems the choice is more open … thoughts very, very welcome.
I’m immediately going to be no use replying as I’ve never driven any S3 exige so knowledge is useless. But purely for feedback, I have driven a number of earlier Exige on Nitrons and correctly set up they aren’t a problem for road use. My current car is on Ohlins (which are comparable) with 340r Geometry and it’s great on the road. It’s not a Rolls Royce for effortless travel (!) but it’s compliant and doesn’t jar any more than an Exige does normally .
I’m stuck in 2000/2001 when it comes to Exige but the 380/410 look tremendous - best with your search.
Thank you Hornet. Would your friend be happy to divulge his thoughts so far on the 410 after the 380 do you think?
Interesting Seriouslylotus, are you thinking a 380’s road bias is more suited than the 410 to someone who will be on track a few percent of the time, but it gives the option to move more track focus in the future?
To be honest i wouldn’t have either of those suspension set ups, If the 410 has nitrons it will have 1100 rear springs and 3 way adjustment, we found to be to firm on the road for what we where looking for. I think the nitron with correct springs and valving gives the best of both worlds…I.E.A set of well developed one ways with appropriate springs
Better??? Just a different approach, 410 Will depreciate a big chunk, 380 seems to have found its level, I love the 380 looks especially if it has the correct colours and a shit ton of carbon. Dont want to say too much about what can be done, give me a call if you want some biased opinions!!!
I will certainly ask him for more detail - but so far, he is very happy with the 410, says it feels a bit more ‘special’ than the 380 - but I need to quantify what that means - its certainly faster - especially on track
So by way of an update … heart won over head and a 410 was duly collected from Hoffman’s. In the end, I felt the 410 offered a level of performance that’s a leap on from the 380 that, although far beyond my driving capabilities, will just give even more ‘bang for buck’ than a 380 as long as I don’t think too hard about the price difference.
Suspension adjustability is something I really want to understand and play with, so the 3 ways were a plus point. There’s plenty of carbon, even if no running boards and I actually prefer the leather sills. The immediacy of power ( bhp and single mass flywheel?) is phenomenal and there is something very special about driving, what could be, the last road compliant extreme Exige.
Chris and his colleagues worked hard for me and we agreed on a very good deal … and when the wife says, ‘that’s a really great colour’, who am I to disappoint her!