Nothing ever easy!!

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roddy
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Nothing ever easy!!

So after not owning a Seven for about 10 years I decided in March I would buy another one.  Then Covid happened so that slowed down the process.  So last week I finally decided it was time buy and the process began.

After a little bit of good advice from Stu decided R400 power was needed in narrow body. So looked online and narrowed down R400's and 420s to view.

So this afternoon did second visit to Christopher Neil to do some test drives: this car will be replacing a Porsche 718 Spyder.

1. Was 420S - found it difficult to drive around town, kept stalling it (much worse than the Fireblade I used to have). And did make me wonder what am I doing!!!

2. decided I should try an Elise 250cup (I used to have a S2) - felt it had no low down grunt but great on twisty lanes.

3. asked if I could try an Exige 410 (also used to own an Exige S2 190) - this was a big mistake - great round town and the noise and speed around the twisty lanes was as amazing.  One of the best cars I have driven,

4. A 620S SV - wasn't sure about this - but it was happy around town and so much fun around the twisty lanes.  Drove so much better than the 420S.

So I think it's going to be the 620S but that Exige is making me doubt my plans.  Although boss has only given me permission to buy a Seven as I have used man maths and well-being for the mind only a Seven can bring during lockdown.

 

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Decisions, decisions!! 
 

I cannot decide what colour to have my VW transporter steel wheels powdercoated - silver or anthracite, anthracite or silver??

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What's for tea ,,,beans on toast or egg on toast ,,,decisions?

good look trying out all the diff motors enjoy 

Derek

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Now that's the kind of decision I quite fancy having to make Byebye 

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Nice position to be in, but surely all 420 Sevens can't be that difficult to drive around town. There must have been something wrong for a 2 litre engine not to be able to get 500Kg moving without stalling!
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Wasnt there a map issue on the 420 or was that another ford derivative? 

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I would think something’s amiss. My R400D will creep away with no throttle from 800rpm.

Tiniest bit of throttle there’s no way it would stall. 

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My 420 used to be terrible to drive in town especially when cold. When it was at caterham they reset the idel and been fine ever since. So I would not rule out the 420 for this problem

 

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I had some mapping issues on my R400D in terms of pulling away from a start and creeping along below 2000RPM, especially when the ambient temperature was high, leading to hesitation and sometimes a stall followed by hard starting when over 30C ambient. My issues were mainly caused by too rich a mixture just above idle that fouled the plugs.

I'm at an altitude that the stock 992 ECU didn't compensate for, though, so was always over fueling by between 14% at 1250m altitude where I live and 20% or more of belching black smoke at over 2000m altitude when in the Rockies. Fixed by putting in an external barometric sensor and an unlocked 9A4 ECU with a better map.

James

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I drove the 420 first and must have stalled it about 5 times.  I just couldn't drive it smoothly.  I drove the 620 afterwards and was expecting the worst.  But 620 was great to drive. It could just have been by the time I drove the 620 I had adapted my driving to suit a Seven.

Harrie

 

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Funny isn't it.  A decent budget doesn't make it any easier.

Question - can you have too much power in a Seven?  I can't answer it myself as I have never driven one with more than 150 bhp. 

All the cars you tried are good/fantastic, in their own unique ways.  Take your time to make the right choice for you.