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      05-22-2007, 04:04 PM   #23
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Just so you guys know, the Speedster *is* my bro's daily driver: 200 km/day (~124 miles/day), with the Bose Quiet Comfort headset .

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That's awesome! Seriously, I have to drive the car up to Watkins Glen in June (hee hee) and am planning to wear earplugs so I won't be completely wiped out by the time I get there.

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Congrats...fun car to drive on the weekends! It handles better than any car I've driven in, and it's very LOUD!!! My bro's got one with an intake and Nitrous..little TQ, but it's very light and very FAST; here are a couple pics of his car...
Nice, my interior is red too, though you can't see it in the pics. By way, although the car has much less torque than the bmw and has to be wound up to really get some pull, I think people underestimate how light the car really is when thinking about acceleration. In other words, I was dead even with a brand new G35x yesterday off the line to about 40 or 50 mph. I shifted at about 5k in first because the car isn't broken in yet (plus, I'm not a street racer), but that wasn't even anywhere near the car's powerband, when the second cam opens up at 6.5k and the car takes off up to 8.5k (a brief overrev in low gears is allowed beyond the 8k redline). Once I get past 1k miles (I'm at about 125 right now after the weekend) and have my first service, I will be able to unwind that engine the right way. Interestingly, the car feels like it's near redline (in terms of noise and vibration) at 4k, so I can't imagine what it will sound and feel like at 8.5k.
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Very nice choice...I love the Elise, phenomenal car. The only thing I would change is I'd rather see them come with the Honda F20C from the S2000 rather than the Celica engine.
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This was my other choice vs. the 335i coupe. Still envious. Enjoy it!
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Congrats. Awesome car! I've been on elise talk since like 05 haha. I plan on getting one in the future and have been reading up on them ever since. Despite all the small problems and quirks their are to the car, it is a track monster
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Very nice choice...I love the Elise, phenomenal car. The only thing I would change is I'd rather see them come with the Honda F20C from the S2000 rather than the Celica engine.
I would probably rather swap it with a k20 then a f20
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I've seen a few of those little things running around. They are headturners for sure. If you don't see 'em, you'll sure hear it. That things is sweet. Sweet ASS sweet.....
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Thats a sweet little car man my nighbor had one pretty sick
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That's awesome! Seriously, I have to drive the car up to Watkins Glen in June (hee hee) and am planning to wear earplugs so I won't be completely wiped out by the time I get there.



Nice, my interior is red too, though you can't see it in the pics. By way, although the car has much less torque than the bmw and has to be wound up to really get some pull, I think people underestimate how light the car really is when thinking about acceleration. In other words, I was dead even with a brand new G35x yesterday off the line to about 40 or 50 mph. I shifted at about 5k in first because the car isn't broken in yet (plus, I'm not a street racer), but that wasn't even anywhere near the car's powerband, when the second cam opens up at 6.5k and the car takes off up to 8.5k (a brief overrev in low gears is allowed beyond the 8k redline). Once I get past 1k miles (I'm at about 125 right now after the weekend) and have my first service, I will be able to unwind that engine the right way. Interestingly, the car feels like it's near redline (in terms of noise and vibration) at 4k, so I can't imagine what it will sound and feel like at 8.5k.
Well, my bro and I raced from a stop light 1 brief time...this was after he had the air intake installed but before his nitrous setup. He got a quick jump on me (in my PROcede 335i Coupe) mainly because I forgot to turn on DTC and got some wheel/tire spin, but I quickly caught up and past him very quickly by ~50mph...my 380BHP and 445+ lb.-ft. TQ was too much for him. However, now with his NO2 bottle setup, I'm fairly certain he'd beat me with his 1,900lb. Elise. It's a great, fun exotic car...enjoy and don't forget to yell "V-Tech" after that 6.5k rpm mark when the 2nd cam opens up!!!
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I've seen a few of those little things running around. They are headturners for sure. If you don't see 'em, you'll sure hear it. That things is sweet. Sweet ASS sweet.....
i didnt like it, theres a darker blue one around here that drives like a madman, wasnt ricey really; sounding but it was not deep at all
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those cars kick ass!

sort of makes me wish I was shorter and lighter so I could fit in one better, I didn't have the best time on my test drive........
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Thanks, the car is definitely quirky and not for everyone. Yesterday while driving around, both climate control knobs fell off and slid under the (non-adjustable) passenger seat. I got them out today by doing a panic stop on the way to work. Haha.

Today is the first time (since I picked it up in the rain, which doesn't count) I've driven the car without a passenger, and wow, what a difference. My wife only weights about 115 pounds, but without her I could feel a noticeable difference in acceleration. I supose one should notice a 6% weight reduction...

I agree with you about the S2000 engine, that would have been nice. The Toyota engine is anything but smooth, it's really peaky and unrefined. But I will say that is definitely part of its charm. Throttle blips are much quicker in this car than anything I've ever driven, in other words, it feels like there's little inertia in the flywheel. During leisurely upshifts, I find that I have to blip again to get the revs back up, since they immediately drop when I depress the clutch. I took a long sweeper today that I like taking fast in the 335i because I can get the tail to step out a tiny bit. On that slightly bumpy corner in the Elise today without braking it felt totally different, flat and buttoned down where the 335i's suspension undulates a bit. I cannot wait to put this car on the skidpad and track next month and learn what its actual limits are.

One thing I really hate about the car is that people tailgate it, either to challenge or to get a closer look. Some adults look, others don't. But children everywhere go ga ga over it. I drove by 3 busloads of little kids and they were all waving and cheering out the windows. It was pretty cute, and made me remember doing the same thing once when I saw a brand new Ferrari 308 at a stop light on the way to school...
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i didnt like it, theres a darker blue one around here that drives like a madman, wasnt ricey really; sounding but it was not deep at all
The two I saw hear must've had a sick-ass exhaust on it because they sounded pretty deep to me. Didn't sound like a jap engine at all.
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