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With the mention of "cold" (I will agree with the Brits on this btw) - you might wanna get a cozy or snuggie for that e-brake handle. Even a towel and some duct tape would probably go pretty far towards making that less horrible on cold mornings. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

The original XKE was a fairly legitimate 130+ MPH car, and with a few minor tweaks could do 150 MPH (as long as you remembered to keep adding engine oil!) With the changes to the engine, tranny & rear-end, I wonder what that does to yours?
I would be happy to find out for you... tongue.gif

No idea and I doubt I'll ever know. biggrin.gif I took it to the shop and we went over it; oil change, tune-up, all filters, new sticky tires, the works. He had to fix a blockage in one of the brake lines, but otherwise it's sound. It drives so well, quite impressive. With better rubber, it now takes the suspension more to its limits, and it feels sure and composed with a lot of grip. Much more than it had back in the day. It was quite happy zipping along the backroads and shooting through the curves. We put it on the dyno and it made 335bhp, 325 torque, not bad at all. Like I thought, almost identical to the M5.

The two make a wonderful comparison, actually. Very similar numbers, similar P/W ratios, both have I6s, 5-spds, but they have very different ways of delivering that power. The BMW is more rev-happy, delivering a larger % of power near the top of the band, while the Jag is more even throughout the powerband. The Beemer vaulting you forward when the cams work in, and the XKE surging continuously. That comes across in the sound too, the former being more raspy and determined, while the latter rumbles and growls. Both epic cars with night and day personalities, despite the same layouts.

Tomorrow, the McLaren; road test and numbers (if I'm feeling well and limber enough).
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With the mention of "cold" (I will agree with the Brits on this btw) - you might wanna get a cozy or snuggie for that e-brake handle. Even a towel and some duct tape would probably go pretty far towards making that less horrible on cold mornings. redface.gif

I keep the heat in the garage at ~60F in the winter, nat gas heat pump, so that's not bad. A nice grip on the e-brake would be good, though. The bare metal can get slick. I used to love the cold, driving in it w/ the top down, but my body doesn't handle it well anymore. confused_face.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 12/27/12 at 5:47pm
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FACE

 

 

PALM

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FACE

 

 

PALM

 

700 700

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Don't they mean General Flea? rolleyes.gif
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Don't they mean General Flea? rolleyes.gif

I was gonna say Private Lee, but yours is funneh too. biggrin.gif

I saw one of those little things out in the city a few weeks ago with full skirts, a non-functional fin on the back, oversized rims, narc'd out windows, etc (I'm not making this up); it was just so...bizarre. I mean I can respect the whole "using less gas" thing, but when the entire car is smaller than one of the doors off of my car, I don't think it qualifies for "pimp my ride" treatment.
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I was gonna say Private Lee, but yours is funneh too. biggrin.gif
I saw one of those little things out in the city a few weeks ago with full skirts, a non-functional fin on the back, oversized rims, narc'd out windows, etc (I'm not making this up); it was just so...bizarre. I mean I can respect the whole "using less gas" thing, but when the entire car is smaller than one of the doors off of my car, I don't think it qualifies for "pimp my ride" treatment.

You gotta admit this is kind of amusing though.....wink.gif

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Seen those a few times - interesting sure, and I'm sure they're fun to drive, but it's still aways from "pimp my ride" - redface.gif
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Hey magick does your Italia have a retractable hard top? 

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No, it's a hardtop. That's the whole reason I ordered the McLaren OTS, Ferrari wouldn't sell me a 458 spyder. Then I found a 2011 coupe for a really good price and bought it. I think the 458 looks better with the fixed roof anyway, after seeing them both in person.
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No, it's a hardtop. That's the whole reason I ordered the McLaren OTS, Ferrari wouldn't sell me a 458 spyder. Then I found a 2011 coupe for a really good price and bought it. I think the 458 looks better with the fixed roof anyway, after seeing them both in person.

so there isnt a retractable hardtop option? 

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I like your comparison of the XKE & the M5 - I think you captured exactly the difference between a late 70's-early 80's Eurocoupe and a 60's British roadster. And, we also can't forget that those same rev-happy screaming Eurocoupes spawned all the Japanese rice-rocket coupes as lower-cost alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn't happen with the British roadsters.
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I also like the comparison of the two. The one area where they do not compete, however, is in looks.....the E-Type is just a stunner.

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I like your comparison of the XKE & the M5 - I think you captured exactly the difference between a late 70's-early 80's Eurocoupe and a 60's British roadster. And, we also can't forget that those same rev-happy screaming Eurocoupes spawned all the Japanese rice-rocket coupes as lower-cost alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn't happen with the British roadsters.

Ultimately, the main issue is how fun they are to drive, and for running around I'm more partial to the M5, but when it warms up the XKE is going to get a lot of road time.
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I also like the comparison of the two. The one area where they do not compete, however, is in looks.....the E-Type is just a stunner.

Well I'm fond of the E28 looks, it's understated and handsome in its own way, but yeah, it's no E-Type. lol wink.gif It'll flat-out leave 99% of cars round here, however, and the looks of surprise are entertaining.
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so there isnt a retractable hardtop option? 

Both of their convertibles are retractable hardtops.
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Remember a while back when I was talking about getting something rare... well, my mechanic has found a wrecked Saleen S7 TT (that he can restore). Pic from `09, it was kinda semi-famous for a little while (totalling a $400k car gets some attention, also there's only ~120 of them).



It wasn't repaired (it is worse than it looks, though it does run), it exchanged hands, and now it's in Texas. I think I'm being manipulated; he wants to work on something like this, have it to drive when he wants (it's his favorite car ever made), and make some extra money from the restoration. He's like "oh, we can fix it and flip it!", when he knows darned well I'd get attached. Such an evil b******. mad.gif I'm gonna start blocking his emails and messages.
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