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    Will you use for the track?

    Did you get into modifying your Supra? If you're into that forced induction can be a lot of fun. Two great bangs for the buck are the STi and the EVO. They're both relatively cheap to mod and own. They don't have the high society stigma of a Porsche or BMW. You can take off the rediculous spoiler if you want the sleeper look. If you're unfamiliar with them you'll be very surprised at the performance. They're also very versatile and work good for a commuter if necessary, rallyx or taking a ski trip in the mountains/snow.

    GT-R - Rumor has it they're bringing over a version either later this year or next.

    Audi - Either RS or S models are fun to drive. They're a little too heavy for my taste.

    Honda S2000
    Nissan 350Z
    Mini Cooper S. Don't underestimate this car. It handles like go cart and moves pretty good to boot.
    Used NSX
    BMW 335
    2nd generation MR2 Turbo (forced induction potential). No car more fun in the corners.
    Last generation Mazda RX-7 - Sex on wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Did you get into modifying your Supra?
    I put a bleeder valve on so I can get a bit more boost when I unscrew the cap, but it is otherwise stock (except the exhaust).

    Two great bangs for the buck are the STi and the EVO. They're both relatively cheap to mod and own.
    If I had less money these two would be high on my list. I especially dig the STi. They have done a great job with this ride.

    GT-R - Rumor has it they're bringing over a version either later this year or next.
    I'm not as dialed into Nissan as I should be. That's the Skyline, right?

    Honda S2000 -- they sound like they are going to fall apart to me.
    Nissan 350Z -- I hate this car. I don't know why exactly -- I don't like how it looks or how it drives. Its a shame, because the original Z car was one of my all-time favorites.
    Mini Cooper S. -- My brother-in-law drives one. I can't drive the same car as him. I also like this car, although for 6'3" guys, it may not be the perfect thing.
    Used NSX -- I wonder what they go for. I hadn't thought of this one.
    BMW 335 -- If I'm going BMW, it will be the M3. If I have to have the newer stuff, I'll wait for the new M3.
    2nd generation MR2 Turbo (forced induction potential). -- I loved my first gen MR2 and I looked hard at this car a couple of years ago, but decided I would have to do too many mods to be really happy with it. I wish I never sold my old MR2. What a great car that was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Mazda RS6 -- When engine rebuilds are on the regular service interval, you aren't selling it to me.
    AUDI, you genius. Sorry I didn't spell that out.

    Mazda my butt - I thought we were talking sports cars? They missed the mark so badly with the RX8 it is pitiful. This could have been a lovely car, and they dumbed it down too much to sell to enthusiasts, made it too obscure for the mainstream. Idiots.

    Eddy - your groupie list at the end - toy, toy, toy, toy, toy. The Evo and STi are great drives for a week. Then you'd hate yourself every morning. IMHO.....

    nside - the GT-R used to be a Skyline based Japan/Australia model only. AWD, twin turbo monster eater. I may have some links that will open your eyes. Seems like some insane people bought them and modded them into the stratosphere. A company called MoteRex (or something like that) in CA imported them for a while, then it turned into the beginning of Rainman.

    New GT-R is roughly based on the G35 coupe, but is essentially a fresh-start in many ways. They may be very, very hard to come by. There is a cult following for these cars, and not just with the roofers and gardeners who have the GT-R badges slapped on their Sentras and Maximas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeair
    Deniseair has actually been after me to consider looking for one, even at slightly over MSRP.
    Do I really have to pay over MSRP? That might cause my head to implode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeair
    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Mazda RS6 -- When engine rebuilds are on the regular service interval, you aren't selling it to me.
    AUDI, you genius. Sorry I didn't spell that out.
    Ha!

    I toned down my real response because I didn't want to be mean. I hate the RX8. I have to type slower and think faster.

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    The Skyline is actually the G35. The GT-R is a radically upgraded performance version.

    I think a used NSX can be had for pretty reasonably. It has the reliability of a Honda to boot. A used Ferrari might be fun to own but I would imagine upkeep would kill you. A used Lotus would probably be the same story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    The GT-R is a radically upgraded performance version.
    How real is it? Have they announced a release date? Shown it in Detroit? I'll scout the New York show for it next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Quote Originally Posted by kw
    I have a 2004 Dodge Stratus for sale. I will give you a deal. (I even replaced the broken hub cap today)
    I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I won't even let Hertz rent one to me.
    My feelings are not hurt. It's actually a company car that I'm selling. I drive a much classier car: a 1997 Honda Civic. Features as follows:

    - Manual Transmission (I don't miss Chicago traffic one bit).
    - Windows that you can manually roll up and down (I will feel bad for you guys with the automatic ones when you drive into a lake)
    - No Power Steering (you should see my forearms)
    - One Wiper falling off (two new ones laying in my backseat)

    I know there are more sweet features, I just can't think of them at the moment.

    [/thread hijack]

    (I'm close to selling the Stratus so I couldn't resist.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeair
    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Mazda RS6 -- When engine rebuilds are on the regular service interval, you aren't selling it to me.
    AUDI, you genius. Sorry I didn't spell that out.

    Eddy - your groupie list at the end - toy, toy, toy, toy, toy. The Evo and STi are great drives for a week. Then you'd hate yourself every morning. IMHO.....
    It depends what you're looking for. He mentioned the higher end German sedans which aren't really geared for performance if he's saying he loved a Supra. And, if he's looking for a newer German sedan the list is obvious. The S4 for instance. Everyone thinks it's such a performance machine but it's actually quite sluggish and unsatisfying to drive because it weighs 4000 pounds. If you want a luxo mobile with some performance it's great but it's nothing like a sports car.

    I prefer raw and think pretentious when I see someone driving most German sedans. I love the last gen. M3, however.

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    Not necessarily directly relevant to your current search, but some insight into the kind of fools that lust for the GT-R. Even though the new one will not be quite the animal that the old one was. Warning - this guy's page has tons of movies and neat clips and stories. Do not go here until you are able to commit 30 minutes. At least.

    GT-R Foolishness

    Yes, there are two guys sitting on the back. Yes, it almost comes off the rollers. I just want to own a car that sounds like that sometime. And one that sounds like a NEXTEL cup car.

    Oh yeah - notice his header saying at the top. Things like "Objects in mirror are getting smaller faster than they appear" and "I have 11,500 rpm and intend on using every last one of them"
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsidestrate
    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    The GT-R is a radically upgraded performance version.
    How real is it? Have they announced a release date? Shown it in Detroit? I'll scout the New York show for it next month.
    It is very very real.

    Review - there are others more current

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    It depends what you're looking for. He mentioned the higher end German sedans which aren't really geared for performance if he's saying he loved a Supra. And, if he's looking for a newer German sedan the list is obvious. The S4 for instance. Everyone thinks it's such a performance machine but it's actually quite sluggish and unsatisfying to drive because it weighs 4000 pounds. If you want a luxo mobile with some performance it's great but it's nothing like a sports car.
    We're pretty much on the exact same page.

    I prefer raw and think pretentious when I see someone driving most German sedans. I love the last gen. M3, however.
    I'm thinking I may just have own "pretentious" since I probably am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeair
    It is very very real.
    Well, concept car at the Tokyo show is not the same as a pre-production model at another show. See for example, the endless Supra concepts / hybrid super-car concepts that Toyota breaks out at every big show.

    Do they have an estimated launch date yet?

    The IS-F has semi-official specs and dealers will take money for a pre-order. That is real enough for me. I'm not sure I can stand to wait until December. Longer than that isn't going to happen.

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    no further comment required
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    but if you're feeling completely mental, there's always a TVR Sagaris




    or Cerbera

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