Activa - Thought you drove a citroen. 944 3.0 S2, done porsche before and agree good, but after testing cars realised I wanted a fwd toy. I believe that the Fiat would be easier to drive fast on wet or unfamiliar country roads and therefore on par with a 944. Nearly bought 911 instead of XKR and will consider in future. Only interested in 911
LeMan - Are you saying that anything which requires care is crap including TVR, Ferrari, Lotus. Practicality should not be a reason for choosing a car, it certainly does not make an icon!
MattR32 - Perhaps your mate needs an inconspicuous practical car to commute to work in? Or perhaps a R32 would be at the upper limit of his price range. If your car has to be your only transport, taxi, toy, pool car etc I am sure that the golf is a good compromise . If I needed a car for this I would also compromise.
On the right day the sound of the coupe sucking the road in through the drilled airbox, the dump valve and the stainless steel exhaust as you spank it through your favourite corners is hard to beat. It is a real giant killer, and cross country is almost impossible to lose. Huge torque, ridiculous speed, attracts only positive comments, no adverse reaction unlike BMW/golf/merc, fantastic sound, traction control, predictible and safe but can be provoked nicely into lift off oversteer
Only car the missus could get in and feel comfortable to drive HARD, I can't lose her on country lanes in the XKR and that has 150bhp more!!!
The Coupe 20VT was the fastest fwd production car for may years and even now you are talkig 1/2 sec here and there. When launched it was described by Autocar as the spiritual successor to the escort cosworth .
I take the view that each car should be used as intended. I have a Discovery for the rough stuff, Jag for rwd fun and cruising, BMW for the missus, Fiat as the ultimate fwd fun and I have a Porsche Speedster replica (beetle - amazing 1300cc powerhouse!!, lovely red leather though!!!)Bought this because its really really cute and the missus told me she had to heve it!!!! Have not really found out what this one if for apart from looking cool and for the missus to pose in. Once a car is a compromise, it can never truely be great. The R32 will be remembered because it has a V8, not because of its speed or style.
Coupe is my cheapest car by £10,000 and gets the most use, I think that says alot.