XP5 25 years on from original Autocar road test

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https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/feat ... t-25-years



I imagine Mike the Scan has the road test somewhere. I chopped my copy up and put the pictures in a scrap book that is long gone :lol:
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speedingfine wrote: Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:00 am https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/feat ... t-25-years



I imagine Mike the Scan has the road test somewhere. I chopped my copy up and put the pictures in a scrap book that is long gone :lol:

Supercar'd out generally Chris ( unless we're taking F40 or GT2 RS )

I'll be completely honest - I'm a lot more excited about his Mk1 Scort and would LOVE to see a road test on that when it's finished 8-)
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Anyway, for anyone who has never seen it.....

Interesting to read the opening lines and see how they thought they’d never test a faster car



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Only ‘4 stars’ for the F40 :D
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Coaster1 wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 am Only ‘4 stars’ for the F40 :D
Yes, it’s interesting how time changes perception of cars

There’s a fair few revered cars ( these days ) that got average reviews at their time of intro....and vice versa

4 stars is still pretty good though in all honesty
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Mike1215 wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:34 am Yes, it’s interesting how time changes perception of cars

There’s a fair few revered cars ( these days ) that got average reviews at their time of intro....and vice versa

4 stars is still pretty good though in all honesty
Pretty decent summary for the 512TR above too. Got me searching for old clips of it on YouTube 8-)
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Cheers for posting that Mike 8-)
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Aye many thanks Mike. I remember buying that issue when it came out, funny how many of the words have stuck with me over 25 years later.
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There's lots of :shock: information in that article but 60-80 in 1.2 seconds with no driver aids must be terrifying.
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Carlos wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 pm There's lots of :shock: information in that article but 60-80 in 1.2 seconds with no driver aids must be terrifying.
And 0-60 in 3.2 with no TC, driver aids, RWD, old tyre tech etc is pretty epic too
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Still my favourite supercar of all time. Amazing that 25 years on, no Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini has gone faster.

Interesting review of those that work on F1's https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/feat ... mclaren-f1

7.5 hour initial road test followed by a final 7 hour road test after the service. Can't be a bad job 8-)
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14.5 hour road test is surprising- that must add up to more mileage than the average owner must do between services?
How about not having a sig at all?
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DaveE wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:27 pm
Carlos wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 pm There's lots of :shock: information in that article but 60-80 in 1.2 seconds with no driver aids must be terrifying.
And 0-60 in 3.2 with no TC, driver aids, RWD, old tyre tech etc is pretty epic too
On part throttle!! I missed that the first time around.
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Mito Man wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:47 pm 14.5 hour road test is surprising- that must add up to more mileage than the average owner must do between services?
I did wonder about that. Can they adjust the milage back or is that not allowed?
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JLv3.0 wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:49 pm
DaveE wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:27 pm
Carlos wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:36 pm There's lots of :shock: information in that article but 60-80 in 1.2 seconds with no driver aids must be terrifying.
And 0-60 in 3.2 with no TC, driver aids, RWD, old tyre tech etc is pretty epic too
On part throttle!! I missed that the first time around.
So did I!

That's even more crazy then...
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I wonder what hot Pirelli P-Zero Corsas or whatever 'barely legal' tyres are currently considered sticky as fuck would to do that time?
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Destroy the clutch probably.
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I've got a feeling maclaren will have engineered theirs properly unlike Ferrari or lamborghini who seem to build in an instant clutch smoke generator to relieve owners of mountains of cash from one slightly clutch slippy brisk take off.
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