New Toy - 620S

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  1. 19 Jul 2018 at 9:27 AM #21
    JonnyMcG

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    Fantastic, it's hilarious how giant the Caterham makes the M3 look!!
    Health to enjoy
     
  2. 19 Jul 2018 at 10:13 AM #22
    Raif

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    Wicked little weapon. Love that you flew down and drove it back to Scotland. Get it on track!

    I love your Marvel prints in the garage by the way. I have a few myself (as well as DC)
     
  3. 19 Jul 2018 at 10:21 AM #23
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    your caterham is lovely well done

    i have a westfield which I chopped in my e46 m3 for. I bought a mondeo as the family grew to four.

    Best thing I ever done. Currently at 535 kg 178bhp. running costs are so cheap
    buttons to insure. I can buy 4 tyres for the cost of 2 on the m3 and its so light you punt round all day on track with hardly any wear.


    if you have a space in the garage give it a go.
     
  4. 19 Jul 2018 at 10:54 AM #24
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    Love it just wish I could live with getting in and out of them with a bad back!comfortable once in though:thumbsup:
     
  5. 19 Jul 2018 at 11:24 AM #25
    Tobias13

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    Cheers! :thumbsup:

    Had to google MNR with Hayabusa engine :eek:

    That looks LOL fast! :D
     
  6. 19 Jul 2018 at 11:28 AM #26
    Tobias13

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    Thanks :thumbsup:

    It's funny, going from the Caterham to the M3 has the same initial 'like driving a bus' feeling as going from the M3 to our Discovery, if that makes any sense :muttley:
     
  7. 19 Jul 2018 at 11:37 AM #27
    Tobias13

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    Thanks - driving it back was a big part of the whole buying process to me - loved every second of it and amazingly the weather was perfect, even after I crossed the border!

    I've been meaning to get those prints up on my son's bedroom wall for ages - must spend less time driving...

    ...would love to get it on track - running in service is booked for next week, so maybe after a little more familiarisation I'll head over to Knockhill. This video always makes me laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RItI58PMgPk :D
     
  8. 19 Jul 2018 at 11:42 AM #28
    Tobias13

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    Thanks - yes it sort of surprised me just how low the relative running costs are but as you say, they're just so damn light as to not eat consumables in the same way as say, an M3 would. Having diddy little 13" wheels/tyres also helps! :muttley:
     
  9. 19 Jul 2018 at 11:47 AM #29
    Tobias13

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    Cheers! Yes the whole mount / dismount thing takes a bit of practice and contortion! I took my 75 y/o dad out in it yesterday and getting in and out was probably the worst aspect for him, after my err, driving...:eek:
     
  10. 20 Jul 2018 at 9:18 AM #30
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    Definitely not as 'LOL' fast as yours mate I can assure you! They are fully nuts those 620S'. I was fully giggling like a schoolgirl on my passenger ride round Croft, a smile that is impossible to wipe off.

    :roflmao::)
     
  11. 19 Sep 2018 at 12:09 AM #31
    Tobias13

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    Small update:

    Since my last post the 620S has had it's running in service at about 1000 miles. This, according to Caterham is basically a nut and bolt check but few owners don't also take the opportunity to have the engine oil and filter changed at the same time, even if the manufacturer doesn't insist. Who wouldn't? Well me, had I known the so called specialist in Scotland didn't know what oil to use... Car driven home moderately and a further oil change carried out m'self :mad:.

    I had hoped to take my 7 to Knockhill at some point over the summer but with 4 kids and a mega schedule it just didn't happen. There were many an early morning blat and the smile this machine paints on my face is pretty much beyond anything I've owned before.

    Which kind of leads on to the picture below. I was very lucky to be the owner of an almost new M3 CSL back in 2005 when they still hadn't sold all 422 of the UK allocation. Mine had under 3000 miles on the clock and the then Henry Bros BMW at Kyle Street in Glasgow (now of course Douglas Park) sold it to me for the princely sum of £43,995. How I wish I had a crystal ball :eek:.

    Anyhoo, SJ53 BNV (anyone?) didn't seem quite befitting this phenomenal machine and with the marque M3 CSL already taken, G7 CSL didn't seem too much of a bad alternative. G7, GT? if you really squint your eyes... :rolleyes: :muttley:

    I stoopidly chopped the CSL at 24000 miles in 2007 for a 997 turbo manual, an affair that lasted 6 months, before returning to another CSL (FC04 UYE anyone?) but didn't keep this long enough to put the plate on. I met Toby's mum around the same time...

    So G7 CSL has been on retention since September 2007. Both my CSLs were Silver Grey and if I ever revisited the CSL, I had promised myself a Sapphire Black. But I don't think this will ever be, and thus the only numeral in the old plate is what now ties it to the current Weapon :D .

    Caterham Seven Loony? Convertible Sports Leichtbau? Just kidding, you serious CSL owners :peace:

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    And just for posterity ;)
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  12. 19 Sep 2018 at 5:51 PM #32
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    You mean when I don my arseless leather chaps down the blue oyster for a jug of woowoo with the boys on a Friday night? :muttley:
     
  13. 19 Sep 2018 at 6:22 PM #33
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    This thread has some mileage :peace:
     
  14. 19 Sep 2018 at 7:18 PM #34
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    Nice Pics.

    How did you find the difference between the Turbo and CSL?

    The Turbo still holds its weight in looks against any of the new models..same with the CSL.:thumbsup:
     
  15. 22 Sep 2018 at 12:23 PM #35
    Tobias13

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    Sorry for the late reply.

    To be honest it's a pretty straight forward question to answer as the two cars have virtually nothing in common. Where the CSL had handling finesse in spades, the 997.1 turbo at least was a bit of a blunt instrument. I 'get' general 911 handling characteristics but this iteration of turbo was very unresolved in this department. In a straight line the 997.1 turbo even by today's standards is seriously fast and certainly at the time I don't remember encountering anything else on the road that could challenge it. The CSL on the other hand, and in fairness, was never about straight line speed. I suspect today an M140i would show it a clean pair of heels but that would be to miss the point. The M140i and indeed 997.1 turbo could never sound as good as the CSL. The turbo in particular being very underwhelming in the mouth not matching the trousers. At the time I bought the turbo I also had the opportunity to get into a white 997.1 GT3... hindsight's a wonderful thing :) Given the choice of CSL or 997.1 turbo today, my feelings haven't changed, CSL every time. But the game has moved on for both and in reality I would have neither. If there was to be just one fast toy in the garage, a 997.2 GT3 would be the sweet spot for me :peace:
     

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