All the best Stephen and enjoy
I've driven a good few miles in the car by now and it is a beautiful machine - the whole sense of occasion is so impressive, everytime I open the door and sit into it, use the controls and of course, press the throttle. The engine is such a charismatic force. The sound is not just air noises from the intake and exhaust, its very mechanical, you can hear the hundreds of metal components spinning and oscillating together like a massive mechanical beehive. The power from 4 k upwards, well everyone knows...but what pleases me just as much is the feel of power and cubic centimeters while just rolling around town. The response to the throttle, the gruff bark when you jump for a gap, love it.
I was sure I would miss the two tone black and grey interior of the TS with the pale coloured dials, but the all black interior of the facelift is very cool, very dark and menacing, and, I suppose, easier to keep clean as the car ages.
As expected, the weight up front makes the car feel much less inclined to change direction than the TS. I know I'm always on about dampers, but I'm really looking forward to having upgraded items fitted to this car. I remember how the TS was transformed from an apparently overweight barge into a nimble sports car, just by changing the dampers alone. I've always liked big bodied cars that handle well, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of making this one as tight and as manuoverable as possible without compromising too much on comfort. The springs are already lowered and this will help offset the high COG of the engine, but really, its all about the dampers, and from my experience with Bilsteins on the TS, they are the ones to fit. In the TS, I never bottomed out, I could blast over bad roads like you would in a Scooby. For now though, the big TI will have to restrain itself; I have already just barely bottomed it out on some big dips.
Oh and stop the press, this car is no thirstier than the TS. I have always felt that the determining factor in a cars MPG is weight at low speed and wind resistance at high, length of gearing etc. rather than engine size. This car does better MPG at 70 mph than the TS !!!!! Around town, where I used get around 20 mpg, now I get..........20 mpg. Obviously when you hoof it, the fuel gauge moves in front of your eyes, but you have the option to burn fuel rather than the obligation. So the only increased running cost is the extorsionate extra one thousand a year in road tax. Very happy and impressed.
I love this car.