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How an R32 beats a Ferrari 360


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This is probably going to be a longer post than normal, so apologies to all in advance. Where to start? Well, look at this list and try and work out what they all have in common:

Corvette C5; BMW Z8; Viper GTS; Audi TT225; Golf Mk4 TDi; BMW M3; Ferrari 355 Spider; Ferrari 360 Modena; Mercedes C32 AMG; Range Rover TD6; Porsche 996 C4S; Mercedes SL500; MG TZ260; Mustang GT.

No? Got you? Well the shameful truth is that this is the complete list of cars that I have bought for my personal use in the past 4 years (I'll ignore the family LandCruiser and the offspring's various Clios etc). Some I kept for a couple of years, some (Audi TT, Ferrari 355, Mustang, MG) I kept for a couple of weeks and bailed out. Notice the Mk 4? That soldiered on as my 'runabout' for 3 years. Never thought about it 'till it went and then missed it badly.

I know, I know....mad and shameful extravagance (well, my dealer loves me) but I earned the right to go through this little lot by dint of hard work and I don't regret it at all. But I recite this strange man's list because it puts me in an extraordinary position to comment objectively upon the R32 and how it compares.

Actually, the ownership of such a selection of metal suffers from the law of diminishing returns (literally in the financial sense). I thought that I had lost the joy of driving and decided to get something smaller, more sensible.

So I tried the Mk5 GTi (nice but dull) and then a Mk5 TDGT which had been chipped to 180 BHP (probably quick but felt dull and lifeless) and then...........ah yes, then, last week, an R32.

Silver, January 2004, 5 door, 19,000 miles and a darling. Bought it on the spot. Took it straight to the local VW dealer for the 6463 upgrade, and then out for a 50 mile thrash through the South Downs.

I am in love. heart.gif This is the most endearing and 'right' car I have ever driven. I actually woke up this morning and invented an excuse to go 40 miles. I am astounded at the packaging, the sound, the tactile 'hewn from the metal' feeling. Amazing.

So, horses for courses, I know......but I am going to keep this good old girl for a very long time. May just find room at the back of the garage for a 1966 big-block, side-piped, Corvette Stingray, though 169144-ok.gif

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I assume we are talking car here.

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Anyway, just to play devil's advocate, but did you say that about any of the other cars in your collection after a few days ownership. Surely a 355 which is supposedly one of the best drivers cars out there must of put a smile worth keeping on your face. I know how you feel about the mkIV but I have not had any of the cars you have mentioned to compare it to.

Anyway glad to see your going to keep it.

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Actually, for varying periods of time, all of the cars made me grin or they wouldn't have gotten past the test-drive stage. But a short test can't reveal the reality about a car (except in the case of the R32, I am convinced bowdown.gif)

But the 355 made a hell of a lot of noise (Tubi exhausts), created a lot of antagonism in other drivers, and as its later sibling (F360), was ring-tighteningly terrifying at 9/10s).

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Some lovely motors there mate and im more than slightly jealous but you are not wrong about the R32. It is fantastic and i adore mine. As for making up excuses to go out for a drive, my wife has just given up on me now and just excepts that 20 miles is the norm to get some loo role !!! grin.gif169144-ok.gif

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