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Looks good, but.. (archive)

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Posted by The Other Tom on March 30, 1999 at 15:53:13:

In Reply to: Er...I like this new roadster... posted by FC on March 30, 1999 at 14:21:00:

9K rpm is very high for any engine, I don't care who makes it or what it's made of. IMHO, it won't be as realiable as a Z3. Also, I think I read that they are only going to produce 5000 for the US in the first year...this will serve to keep the price up and only "collectors" will have them, not people who really drive them.
: I really like this new rodaster designed by Honda. I really do. But it's not enough to make me sell my M roadster and get this 9000RPM screamer.

: PUSH START!!!! yes, I like it. I would get one if it's an option on the MZ3. It's just a little race-car-fun-in-a-street-car, that's all. No big deal about it.

: What I really like is the styling (subjective!) of the car. The style is simple, elegant, futuristic and sporty. It doesn't have a very wacky and falshy body that only guarantees a one-year-boost-sale, but a more restrained appearance that will hold its trend for years just like the NSX. Well, this car IS designed by the father of NSX.

: TWIN EXHAUST is nice looking. Can't really say anything about the killer sound since I haven't personally heard one. But From the 5min running footage I have seen, the car runs like a charm and sounds somewhere between Boxster and MZ3.

: I like the simplicity of the INTERIOR. But it might give wrong impression of cheapness. And the driver-oriented controls is a A+. This is, IMHO, what all driver-oriented cars should have.

: The only thing that bothers me VERY MUCH is the digital speedo. It does give the car a touch of high-tech, but it ruins the "car-feeling". Imagine driving at 100.5 MPH with the display going crazy between 100 and 101 MPH.

: Personally, I HOPE it will be comparable to German roadsters (SLK, Boxster, Z3). We need more competition in this area, what do you think? more competition = advanced technology = better cars = more competition = advanced...(you get the idea)

: any more thoughts, pos or neg, on this car?
: Can't wait to see one and drive one!

: FC
: '98 M roadster

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