S1 Exige #501

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thommo
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gp_fisher wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:33 pm Taxed mine yesterday thommo, first ever run out in it last night 👍😁
Woohoo!
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Exige S1 No: 139
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Not Lotus content but followed up the Exige outing with getting one car out of its winter hibernation and one I brought during lockdown and my first opportunity given restrictions up to now to have a proper drive. Has made for an eclectic days driving ..

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Lavazza
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What do you think to the V12V?
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Wow! Interesting range of vehicles :thumbup:
Exige S1 No: 139
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Lavazza wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:56 pm What do you think to the V12V?
Still getting to know it, but as it stands it’s just brilliant. Mine is a non S Manual, so 510bhp.

Over time I’ve had 2 V8’s a 4.3 Vantage and a 4.7 with sports pack. The 4.3 was disappointing, lovely car but the period reviews are right, better noise than performance. The 4.7 was really good, with sports pack and associates lightweight wheels and carbon seats a genuine comparable period 911 competitor (996/997), great chassis, and with the weight savings the engine gave real punchy performance to match. The V12 while fundamentally the same car is just +10 in every aspect, it just feels “more” it has real depth to its character and genuine substance.

The V12 is per description really a hot rod. With a short wheel base and a huge power plant. It’s front mid-engined, naturally aspirated with fantastic chassis balance (vantages have never had a bad chassis), will steer from the rear through power (you practically sit over the back wheels), mind you It’ll spin it’s wheels (not intended) up to 3rd. All in It is a bit of a beast. The V12V was ultimate vantage for me, still building my confidence with it as new to me, but gear change is much better than V8’s, and feels more comfortable to reach which is odd as same location, performance is stonking as is noise. Brakes are phenomenal, have had to adjust as never driven carbon brakes before.

Sure faster/better cars but I love it. I brought with intention to keep it long term along with the Exige. I think both are a dying breed and V12 is at bottom of its depreciation curve now. It doesn’t need to make me rich but think it’s as safe a buy as any now.

May need to sell a couple of other bits to justify it along with S1 but my dream garage with that pair in it.
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Lavazza
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gonein60seconds wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:46 pm
Lavazza wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:56 pm What do you think to the V12V?
Still getting to know it, but as it stands it’s just brilliant. Mine is a non S Manual, so 510bhp.

Over time I’ve had 2 V8’s a 4.3 Vantage and a 4.7 with sports pack. The 4.3 was disappointing, lovely car but the period reviews are right, better noise than performance. The 4.7 was really good, with sports pack and associates lightweight wheels and carbon seats a genuine comparable period 911 competitor (996/997), great chassis, and with the weight savings the engine gave real punchy performance to match. The V12 while fundamentally the same car is just +10 in every aspect, it just feels “more” it has real depth to its character and genuine substance.

The V12 is per description really a hot rod. With a short wheel base and a huge power plant. It’s front mid-engined, naturally aspirated with fantastic chassis balance (vantages have never had a bad chassis), will steer from the rear through power (you practically sit over the back wheels), mind you It’ll spin it’s wheels (not intended) up to 3rd. All in It is a bit of a beast. The V12V was ultimate vantage for me, still building my confidence with it as new to me, but gear change is much better than V8’s, and feels more comfortable to reach which is odd as same location, performance is stonking as is noise. Brakes are phenomenal, have had to adjust as never driven carbon brakes before.

Sure faster/better cars but I love it. I brought with intention to keep it long term along with the Exige. I think both are a dying breed and V12 is at bottom of its depreciation curve now. It doesn’t need to make me rich but think it’s as safe a buy as any now.

May need to sell a couple of other bits to justify it along with S1 but my dream garage with that pair in it.
Thanks for that great reply. I had a V8V 4.3. Traded it for my V6 Exige. I have a small collection and would be happy to sell a few and have a V12 alongside the Exige.
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Makes an awesome pairing, very very different, but both got that bit of magic. A few more pics;

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Will need to clear back to justify them both but no immediate panic. Best with V6, never driven one but them seem to be looking better and better every time I see one.
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New team together today in the sun for first time...my dream garage

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Dream garage looks like it could do a coat of paint🤔😳😂
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