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    996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    This UK TV car programme (it's most of the presenters from the old "Top Gear" show) reviewed the two cars side by side.
    Testing the cars was Tiff Needel, an ex-racer.
    To sum up, he thought the Merc was very quick in a straght line and had an excellent engine, but the TT beat it in terms of out-and-out performance by some margin and there was no contest whatsoever in the handling stakes.
    This is despite the SL55 having some 56bhp more than the TT (which was not an X50 car).
    His final comment was that he would only have the Merc over the TT if he lived somewhere like Monaco all the time where posing with the roof down is most important.
    He also said that in his opinion the TT was "the best supercar money can buy"
    Can't wait for mine (with X50) to get here in early January

    Alan

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    Yup, I saw it too,
    Tiff's point was very clear, but he's always been a Porsche lover.
    And that particular one (911HUL arctic grey with body kit) does have 450 hp. I know that for a fact
    If you want a driver's car, go for the Porsche, no doubt about that.
    But there are other cars out there for the same money that will give you a lot of fun,
    Modena Tubistyle
    TVR Tuscan S (450hp for 1000 kg )
    One should try them all before he makes up his mind,
    which is exactly what I intend to do
    Fanch.

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    do you know if there is a reply,when and the channel????

    Thanks
    Dario

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    fanch,

    i love the looks, specs and lightweight concept of the tuscan... and am very excited about the upcoming tuscan R, but as you can imagine they are rather rare (do the exist at all? anyone?) over here in germany. i heard some time ago that TVR is planning to install some sales offices in germany, though.

    as you live in the UK currently, why don't you walk up to TVR and ask for a tuscan test drive?? i would be very keen on getting to know your impressions!!!!

    regards; zz

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    Fanch,
    yes I've seen this car in magazine articles where they've stated it has the X50 option too so I thought it was strange that they suggested that it hadn't .
    FYI I have tried many TVR's and whilst they are very quick in a straight line their handling leaves much to be desired. As for their reliability, this is not even a joke, it always has been, and still is, diabolical . I would not consider owning one until they a) get them to handle well and b) have proved for several years they can make them reliable.
    As for a Ferrari (I take it this is the Modena you refer to?), I intend to "use" my car, not keep in a garage and only show it off sometimes. If you do more than this with a Ferrari (i.e. put any mileage on it) you immediately loose a fortune, also the "base" Modena here in the UK is Pounds25k more than the 996TT, and not as quick in stadard form. Sad, but that's the way it is.

    Alan

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    Yeah
    Sounds like an excellent idea,
    I've already asked for a brochure, I think I'll go for the test drive next but you can't tell much from a test drive, I mean it'll probably be in central London which means that if I'm lucky enough, I'll be able to push the baby up to 25 mph, yes
    Will let you know though.
    Fanch.
    Alan, where are you based in the UK? I live in London.

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    Yeah get a test drive Fanch!
    There's a dealer just North of Mill Hill on the A1 (just off of it actually) going North, in Barnet, 020 8440 6666. Just far enough out to start to get some decent roads
    Mind you, *wrong* type of year to drive a TVR, trust me
    I live about 25 miles North of London, in Hertfordshire.

    Alan.

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    You probably won't see the video but maybe a written summary if you try the chanel 5 website, I think it's www.five.co.uk and then go to programs, fifth gear.
    Fanch.

    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    Congrats on the Turbo X50 Alan ,
    Please post your impressions when you get it although it'll take a while to break it in.
    How did you spec it?
    X73 20 mm suspension?
    Thanks,
    Fanch.

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    Re: 996TT Vs AMG SL55 on 5th Gear last night...

    I'll definitely let you know when I get it you'll have trouble shutting me up
    I've got standard suspension for now but it's something I will almost certainly play with at a later date.

    Alan.

     
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