The front sway bar and modest amount of extra HP helped quite a bit, 40 more horses in a car that small changes it from "that's not bad" to "hey, that's not bad!".
There's a rather generous amount of torque steer, but it doesn't kill the experience. To me it's more fun than the more complicated, and much more powerful (and expensive), Golf R. I agree on the matte hood, we're going to swap that for the gloss CF. We're also going to toss the back seat and put in a parcel shelf, as well as remove the heavy factory power seats in favor of lighter Recaro Sport S. Together, that should chop off another 150lbs. They want to see if they can get it down to an even 1000kgs (2200lbs), we'll see.
A guy in my car club is going out of town for a month and he's letting me "store" his Veyron Grand Sport (1000bhp) for him (the car I drove at the track several months ago). So I'll get a chance to drive it on the road a bit, so we'll see what that's like. My previous impression was that it's like a bigger, heavier, and faster R8. To me it handled like a hippo on skates with a Saturn V strapped to its back. Yeah, that's an exaggeration, but the mental image is hilarious.
Today I revisited the Carrera GT and it's such an awe-inspiring car. Yeah, there are many supercars out today that are faster, and some that handle better (by cheating), but it's so well designed. There was no need for overly complicated management systems, it just has an almost perfect balance of grip and power, especially with newer Mich PSS rubber. It feels so alive and focused, with a pedal box that was made for H&T (though it's tough to master in this car) and a perfectly weighted shifter, with a V10 engine that loves to be revved and revved. Then there's the sound, which is as intoxicating as 100 proof whisky. Yes, we've tinkered with the engine management to squeeze out another 25hp, and raised the rev limit 400 RPMs, because Porsche was being a little too conservative in that dept, but that's largely inconsequential. My opinion is that it's one of the 3 best sports cars ever made.
Yes, I'm at work composing a Top 10 sports cars article, but some aren't priced in the stratosphere. In fact, a few can be bought right now for under $50k US. Really, really.Edited by Magick Man - 8/6/13 at 8:45pm