tomRCFcarbon

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    Tom
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    RCF Carbon
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    2015
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  1. Yeah, mine got knocked off at the Sainsbury’s car park about a fortnight after I picked my car up...can’t seem to get it back on though...however i’ll work it out for the MOT, just before it gets ‘knocked off at the Sainsbury’s car park again’...
  2. A mate is a shareholder / investor in that place...quality establishment!
  3. The lighter colours with the carbon just don’t work do they!?
  4. That might be a titanium exhaust too. If not it will still be different and a contributor to the weight saving. I like the idea of the BBS alloys, and having a slightly more trick parts catalogue to raid. I think the cost estimates are optimistic - my guess is that Lexus will peg this at the equivalent price differential of a NISMO GTR vs a standard GTR.
  5. I think this will be the decision we go for. Although for the school run and back I’ll probably plump for one that sips fuel, but specify big wheels and tick the ST-Line box. Saying that a friend has the Vignale version and the seats are ridiculously comfortable!
  6. No I think it’s just down to springs and dampers. Admittedly the wheels are big on the RXL, but it’s not a lack of tyre sidewall that makes the suspension top out with a crash when going over bumps and bumps - it even did it on sleeping policemen. I think it’s easy to forget how much practice Mitsubishi have off-road. After countless generations of Shoguns, Paris Dakar success for decades and all of the other soft roaders they’ve built, they know a thing or two about how to dial in a good suspension setup. The RX-L on the other hand is an off-roader in looks only...so I don’t blame the engineers for not making a use case for the suspension to do very much except for climbing curbs in posh suburbs.
  7. We hired a Galaxy over the summer holidays and it was fantastic. Better in every practical way than the RXL...I fit weren’t for looks, build quality and refinement (and kerb appeal) - it would be a winner. I think the conclusion is going to be all these cars a bit big for the other half - so we’ll end up looking at 2series grand tourer thing, s-max, Tiguan all-space and Touran.
  8. That’s exactly the problem. My RCF and a temporary Ford Focus (so two cars everywhere)...currently whittling a long list down. The RXL is now off.
  9. My RCF Carbon is in at Lexus Hatfield having the £45 winter health check and preparation and so I organised with the dealership to borrow the new long wheel base RX450h for the weekend. We have 4 children between 10 and 13, so we need a 7 seater and I have managed to get this Lexus on my other half’s list of cars we are considering. The model we borrowed is in Luxury spec and apart from that I didn’t spot any obvious non-standard options. So my impressions are: - it is deceptively quick, clearly not a patch on the normal monster I drive, but in town from any speed the hybrid motor provides that instantaneous torque which makes the car feel a lot more nippy than it should. It also means the car is a lot quieter as the gearbox doesn’t kick down as far as it needs. Which means it picks up speed without making the normal fuss - which means when you look down, you don’t realise how much speed you’ve taken on - speaking of quietness, it is almost Bentley quiet in the cabin, bit of tyre noise, but apart from that it is a very pleasant calm place to be - stereo is awesome. It’s not the Levinson in this one, but still sounds great. Music was okay but with spoken word (DAB radio but also audiobooks and podcasts) the hifi was particularly well resolved - the ride is good if a little wallowy, granted this is particularly noticeable from me as I’m going from the ridiculous into the sublime, but nevertheless it is good and very well at everyday speeds on almost any road surface - I haven’t extensively tested it off road, but the few bits I have driven down (access roads to dog walking car parks in the South Downs and a farm entrance to visit friends) the car didn’t deal with them very well at all. Over sprung and under damped on rebound I would say - meant it sounded and felt very crashy. Not a patch even on my old Mitsubishi PHEV thing. - size and practicality. It’s MASSIVE...much bigger than an Outlander. But the legroom is pretty bad in the back. The middle row of seats slide forward and back which is cool. And with 5 people it’s v big. But the draw of this car must be the 7 seats and unless you are transporting 5 year olds, someone is going to be complaining Overall? I really liked it, but feel it is flawed. And vs the pretty flawless Xc90, i feel it’s going to struggle.
  10. I completely agree, but worried there was something I wasn’t aware of. Have to say I draw the line at plugging my car into some unknown garages computer though.
  11. There was a post recently about number plates. One responder cautioned about sharing your number plate...which when I read it I thought was sensible, until I remembered that I and a lot of other people have posted photographs of our cars all over this forum, complete with number plates...which then got me paranoid about that. And then I got to thinking about geo-tags on photos...people talking about where they live to organise meet ups...and people encouraging users to plug their cars into diagnostic systems to see if they can be tuned (which is the only way to make a duplicate key). So for those more wise forum members, should I be paranoid? Should I delete my photos? Is it right to be cautious? And if so, what of and why?
  12. Borrowed this from Lexus Hatfield (lovely people)...for over the weekend whilst my F is having the winter prep/service thing. We need a 7 seater and my other half thinks other 7seaters are too big (xc90) or naff (Prius + and Fords)...So I’ve managed to convince her to try this - please don’t let on basically the same size as the Volvo!
  13. Out of interest, which cars and what jobs are you referring to. As far as I can tell from owning one and driving the other the LC500 is simply a better looking RCF with a better gearbox and smaller rear seats. The infotainment system (if we must call it that) sounds better than every German equivalent I’ve heard and whilst it is true that the trackpad is maddeningly esoteric vs the BMW, Audi and MB it isn’t bad enough to warrant downgrading to a mass produced, German, turbo-charged equivalent. As was once said about the Integrale: ‘you prefer it for the way it goes and steers, you love it for all of its faults’.