Wow, what a response. On reflection I am starting to steer away from a Cup as if it is only a Body Kit then it does not seem worth the extra. I previously had a Spider with the full leather Momo seats and thought they were great so going back to half leather is not too appealing.
So if I look at a V6 then, the price gap between a P2 V6 and the facelift 3.2 is quite large so I think it would be hard to justify spending all the extra cash. Although I do like to updated nose and do agree it would need a spoiler to finish the look.
Hopefully I can pick up a bit of a bargain due to the time of year !
Thanks for all the advice
The lack of pro Cup support in the thread is largely because most Cup owners aren't going to be ars*ed to get into a bun fight about whether they are worth the money or not, if they didn't think they were they wouldn't have bought one! For some reason I'm up for a debate tonight though to try and convince you otherwise!
For me, the styling kit is subtle enough to look good, it's not a tacky Halfords kit, it left the factory this way, it only builds a bit on the Aero kit but the side skirts work. The wheels are also much nicer than std in terms of colour and finish, very obvious in the metal. As for the seats, yep, they look a bit retro, but I quite like this, I think it suits what is a slightly retro car these days. They do also however offer much better side support than the standard items so if you're planning on driving fast you may appreciate them more! But the main point with a Cup is that it's a special limited edition, the fact that the changes are only subtle is totally irelevent. It's the same as any premium brand item, limited availibility will give it that certain something, it doesn't necessairily mean it is better in any functional way... if only they had fitted the 3.2 GTA lump though, would have been soooooo easy and would have guaranteed this argument never arose...
I do conceed however that it makes perfectly logical sense to pick up a nice standard 3ltr car - brain over heart wins here. If I were doing that I would go pre-2001 to avoid the road tax hike you'll get otherwise, and also try to find one that is euro 2 spec (about the same time anyway) so you ditch the pre-cats in the manifold - only worth 2BHP top end but there's supposed to be a nice dollop of extra torque lower down. Colour wise, Red with black interior, Black with cream interior or Silver with red interior take top honours for me! 17" wheels and Aero pack a must. Q2 and polybushed suspension worth having if one comes up.
I think the 3.2's look best in silver with the Aero kit (that's with spoiler) and it seems to be a fairly common combo (as common as a car can be where only 58 odd got made). See here for one that looked the business:
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It was up for about £10k mind originally, not sure what it sold for! 3.2's also have traction control which whilst probably a good thing, may be a little annoying to live with as I don't think it can be turned off!
Just a bit to consider, but either way, above all else, I'm sure we can all agree you'll be fine as long as it's a V6 ;-)