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Hey guys,

Does anyone get Evo magazine? If not then hunt it down now!!! The April 2005 edition has a headline in-depth article (23 pages) on the "best drivers' cars for £20k". They include a 2000 60k miler E39 M5. The lineup comprised:

  • Honda NSX
  • TVR Cerbera
  • Nissan Skyline R33
  • Maserati 3200GT
  • Lotus Exige
  • BMW M5
  • Ford Escort Cosworth
  • Toyota MR2
  • Brand new VW Golf GTI
  • Mazda MX5
  • Impreza WRX
  • New Renault Clio 182
A really tough field, however I don't need to tell you what came first :cheers: The in-depth test culminated with an all-out thrash through the brilliant roads of North Wales:

But the M5 is too complete, too sensible, too fast and too brilliant to be ignored. Of course it's the pragmatist's choice. But for once logic is on our side. For when it leads to a car blessed with a chassis that gives the driver endless options and never runs out of ideas and the creamiest 400bhp V8 ever built, we'll happily put on our sensible shoes and head for the best roads we can find, over and over again...
Unfortunately I don't have a scanner or I'd post it up here. It's a must-read article! :M5thumbs:

Rob
 

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I also have an MR2. Even without the power of the M5, the mid-engine layout is more fun to drive, especially in the snow. Thus, I must own a Lamborghini or Ferrari before I croak.
 

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Evo in the UK is a truly excellent magazine-seems to be written by real enthusiasts-and the M5 is a long time favourite. The buyers guide in (i think) issue 58 of the M5 was a well researched article which basically said-"What are you waiting for-go out and buy one!!" or words to that effect.

As for the comment regards the Toyota MR2-I traded one in to buy the M5 and while I agree that the Toyota is a well balanced car, very little has made me smile as much as nailing the M5 out of a bend and turning round and doing it over and over again.
 

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Beamer_usa said:
I will eventually, just have not had the time yet:flag:
THis is one mag i keep meaning to subscribe too, always hit and miss at the bookstores...
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Hi,
I in fact am the owner of the Exige in the Evo article.
It was a great few days and I can honestly say all the cars were driven pretty hard. They don't just sit around eating breakfast all day and taking photos. Our Exige did over 200miles not including mileage to get to Wales and back.

The M5 was awesome. So impressive in fact that I am now trying to sell our TuscanS to get one.

Obviously it was a bit of a contrast M5 to Exige, they were the two extremes of the group, and while the M5 can't match the tactile appeal of the Exige it just did absolutely everything so well that I can't argue with the result. M5 is a better bargain too seeing as it was £60k new as opposed to the Exige's £34k.

Was going to wait until I found an M5 before posting, but it's taking longer than I expected. Planning to get a black '01.
Meanwhile if anyone here wants a TuscanS.....
http://atsearch.autotrader.co.uk/WWW/CARS_popup.asp?modelexact=1&lid=search_used_cars_full&make=TVR&model=TUSCAN&variant=&keywords=&min_pr=75&max_pr=&mileage=&agerange=&postcode=sg8+9ub&miles=40&max_records=50&source=0&photo=1&sort=4&ukcarsearch_full=SEARCH&start=1&distance=10&adcategory=CARS&channel=CARS&id=200511185586074

Cheers
Mark
 

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Mmm.. I specialise in the K series as fitted to the Elise/Exige... and coincidentally I have an M5. Im' sure we must know one another in another life..

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Ooh Twilight Zone stuff.
No doubt you'll be wanting to buy a Tuscan at the moment too ;)

Mark
 

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I have the magazine and I have a scanner. Unfortunately what I don't have is a clue as to how to post images. I haven't tried to post a scanned image of the article yet, but I did try to post pix of my new beast this weekend and failed miserably. My images are hosted on my roadfly personal webspace (hey it's free), but when I tried posting the pix using
 

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BT52 said:
Hi,
I in fact am the owner of the Exige in the Evo article.
It was a great few days and I can honestly say all the cars were driven pretty hard. They don't just sit around eating breakfast all day and taking photos. Our Exige did over 200miles not including mileage to get to Wales and back.

Mark
Mark (and Dave),

An M5 and an Exige make the best garage companions. I've been on the lookout for an Exige for a while now (idle interest really) but stuck between going for an S1 or an S2. The S2 is supposed to be a step-up but the S1 has more bhp/ton, right?

Apologies if this is OT.
 

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Our Exige was also in Evo when they first drove the new Exige. We spent the day driving them back to back and on the track at Hethel.

The new one has more mechanical grip, no doubt of that. But it is a little slower due to the weight, doesn't make the same noise and is a bit less fun and adjustable.
The Evo people on the Wales test told me they prefered our car to the new one.
But the new one is a lot better as an every day car. Easier to get in and out, air-con, ABS, even has a boot.

Main thing for me is that the Toyota engine when it gets to 6000rpm does that VTEC type thing, but far less smooth than a Honda. It's like flicking a switch, fine on track because you can keep the revs high, but infuriating on the road where you keep crossing the boundary all the time. It feels like bad turbo lag.

I wouldn't say the S2 was a step up and it doesn't have the same visual impact even in vomit-green. It's probably a better CAR, but not a better Exige, if you see what I mean.

Mark
 
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