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As a couple of you know I went to test drive this today as a possible Z replacement. Just thought I'd give it a little review :)

 

This is compared to my car in both N/A & FI forms :)

 

Exterior

 

There really isnt an angle that this car looks bad from. Absolutley stunning in the flesh & the red paint looked amazing in the sunshine ;) There were a few let downs with the bodywork though, there were the usual stone chips on the front bumper & bonnet that I can live with & are acceptable really on a car like this IMO. What I didn't like though was the rear bumper - there were 2 deep scratches & also a spider crack which was quite large. Maybe dropped something getting it out of the boot onto it? maybe a rear end collision?

 

Really like the wheels though, suit the car perfectley :)

 

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Interior

 

Stunning. Much more grown up & classier than the the Z. Seats are very comfortable & even the back seats are useable for a 6ft+ adult. Centre console is made from Carbon fibre & theres carbon & leather everywhere. Only slight complaint is the brake pedal is huge & too close to the accelerator pedal other than that its a very nice place to be - no rattles either which is a bonus :lol: Steering wheel was also part carbon fibre & was shaped a bit strangely but it meant that you have full view of the dials while driving.

 

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The Drive

 

This is where I felt a bit disappointed. Its fast, very fast infact. Faster than my SC Z even considering its got less power & weighs nearly 1800 KGS but you never felt like you were going fast although the rev counter seems to move at an insane speed ;) . There was no rush, no urgency - it just seemed to deal with everything without breaking a sweat. It handles really well, chucked it into a few roundabouts at speed & also a few country lanes and the grip was phenomenal. Paddle shifts felt slow and jerky in lower gears & around town - out on the fast roads though they were awesome, Also when pulling away from traffic lights & roundabouts there is a slight delay while the car figures out that you want to accelerate.My left leg spent the entire test drive going spazzy with nothing to do :lol: Brakes were very good also. Once you press the sport button it opens the valves in the exhaust & the noise is just :bounce: especially when it blips the throttle on the down change :yahoo: I think with a decent aftermarket exhaust nothing would match the noise of it.

 

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Despite this it just left me feeling a bit "meh" about it. It looks, sounds & drives amazingly - it just didn't excite me. I can't quite put my finger on why though, it just felt like it was missing something

 

Will I get one? I honestly don't know but if I do I doubt it will be this one. Despite having a FSH, its on 45K miles & still on the original clutch which is slightly worrying & a potential big bill - i also really want a blue one. At one point last week it was the favourite but just latley the R34 has regained the favourite spot :) I'm hoping to try a 4200 this week with a manual box & see if that excites me anymore - I also need to test another GT-R after the last one I drove was a bag of nails.

 

Overall its a much more grown up car than the Z/GT-R & its a good chance to tick the Italian & V8 boxes on my list :) I'm still very tempted by them & I think that over a period of time I could learn to love it, especially as the gearbox learns from your driving style.

 

They've offered me £8k for my Z which I think is a pretty good offer & theres possibly more to come off the price they want for the car.

 

The first time I drove a Z I knew instantly that I wanted the car - I've not driven anything since that makes me feel that way & can still make me giggle like a school girl :drunk:

 

*Pictures nicked off PH

2003 HKS Supercharged 350Z - Gone

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R - Arrived

 

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All interesting stuff :bounce:

 

I'm jealous you've had a drive of one!

'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Z* with a plethora of minor bespoke mods'

*one of 40 don't you know!

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GT-R will demolish it!

I'm guessing your looking at around £35K? For another £5K there are some great UK GTRs for sale.

but hey - I'm biased. :teeth:

2016 GT-R Recaro Black. Stage 1 engine and gearbox remap epic!

 

No 1 GT-R Black Black from Marshalls. Helmet signed by Mizuno...

Paul_S Reversing Camera - Sold.

 

Sept 01 2004 Z GT gunmetal Alezan gone but not forgotten

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GT-R will demolish it!

I'm guessing your looking at around £35K? For another £5K there are some great UK GTRs for sale.

but hey - I'm biased. :teeth:

 

25K. R34 GT-R, one of the real GTRS :type:

2003 HKS Supercharged 350Z - Gone

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R - Arrived

 

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It's a tough call Italian and Japanese cars are the total opersite ends of the spectrum. I have had many alfa's not as good as as a masser but they have real soul they aren't perfect but when you get it right they give u a real buzz. I don't want to turn you of nissans in any way and pauls right a GT-R will eat it for breakfast.

 

All I can say is it's a bloody hard choice either way

 

matt

My Spec: - Wheels, tyres, engine, soft roof and black paint.

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It's a tough call Italian and Japanese cars are the total opersite ends of the spectrum. I have had many alfa's not as good as as a masser but they have real soul they aren't perfect but when you get it right they give u a real buzz. I don't want to turn you of nissans in any way and pauls right a GT-R will eat it for breakfast.

 

All I can say is it's a bloody hard choice either way

 

matt

 

They are so far apart its untrue :teeth:

 

Nobody could ever turn me off Nissans, I'm a major fanboi :P

 

I've learnt never to listen to other peoples opinions on cars, especially if they've never driven them.

 

I know that a 35 would eat it for breakfast, but honestly - speed isn't everything. If you want to look good you would always go for the Maser :P Having driven a 35 recently It left me feeling in exactly the same way the Maser did. It was good to drive & it was rediculously fast (something that big should never be able to shift like that) - It just bored me - maybe bored is a bit harsh but it just wasnt as exciting to drive as a manual. Just like the Maser it was all too easy & effortless.

 

I test drove a 370 last weekend but the less said about that the better, I ended up returning the car early :type:

 

You also need to bare in mind that my new car doesn't have to compare to a standard Z, it has to match & exceed that of my supercharged Z - something that has proved near impossible.

 

Decision has been made though, you'll just all have to wait :help:

2003 HKS Supercharged 350Z - Gone

1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R - Arrived

 

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