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With most modern cars such as the Golf r, RS 4 , BMW M4 running 300 bhp + like its nothing now days, have any of you guys driven them and felt like they lack the fun factor of the Evo's / older Jap cars.

I driven the Golf r and wasn't too impressed, I understand it's a much better daily but felt a bit boring when I put my fut down.
 

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Hi all

With most modern cars such as the Golf r, RS 4 , BMW M4 running 300 bhp + like its nothing now days, have any of you guys driven them and felt like they lack the fun factor of the Evo's / older Jap cars.

I driven the Golf r and wasn't too impressed, I understand it's a much better daily but felt a bit boring when I put my fut down.
Different horses for different courses. Rs4 sounds awesome, m4 is crazy with the traction off and the golf r ( dsg with tuning box) I've had for nearly two years still amazes me today. :thumbup:
 

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A friend of mine has the new Golf R running 450bhp Revo upgrade, I have not driven it, but I can say it is very fast and takes some beating, I doubt it will have the rawness of the Evo's though.
 

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I sold my Evo 6 last year and bought a Golf R. It's obviously nicer to drive on a daily basis, got more toys on it and don't get me wrong it is quick, but my god how I miss the Evo. The steering is nowhere near as responsive, it doesn't feel as planted or as stable as what the Evo did, I miss the noise, the fuel smell! I just miss everything about the Evo.

So until I can afford to run an Evo as well as a decent family car. It will have to wait. Maybe next year....


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These new cars allow you to have an sports car that can be driven on a daily basis. Obviously is a tradeoff of sportiness and confort. The remarkable thing is that nowadays, man, they have power (and a nice designed sound)... Plus funny paddle gearboxes.

I own an Evo 6 and a Golf VII DSG and I use the Golf for commuting; perfect comfortable and drivable car with enough sport soul for some burst of passion...

But...

I always look forward to the arrival of the weekend to drive the evo, wich is CLEARLY a real race car. They are NOT comparable.
 

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I'm a huge fan of the mk7 golf R, I fitted coilovers and set up geo, steering is amaizing and it better be a well set up evo to embarrass it. But yea it's never going to be an evo with twin fuel pumps and big ass turbo shooting flames out the exhaust lol
 

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I currently drive an M4 and yet still miss my old Evo's. There's just something about them that can't be beat, i will be back in one come spring.
 

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My EVO X FQ 369 manual has been my daily drive for over 3 years and I've loved every minute of it, best car I've owned. I've decided to sell it and I'm picking up a new Ford RS Focus on March 1st with a few extras on it, plus possibly with the mountune induction kit I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but I wanted something different and felt the Golf R wasn't for me.

I suppose I will be able to give a better opinion after March!
 

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I think the Evo is one of those one off legendary cars in it's own special way that just can't be recreated ever again, modern cars will never replicate all the things we love about them.
It's a similar story with mk1 and 2 Escorts, the sound of the twin cam BDA's screaming through the forests on rally stages with the rear end swinging about can't be beaten hence why they sell on ebay for thousands of pounds for rotten shells.
Audi Quattro Turbo, can't beat it. Ford Sierra Cosworth, the beginning of the proper affordable fast cars, can't beat them.
To me the closest you get to silly these days is the Focus RS mk2, it looks a beast, just a shame that one wasn't 4wd as it's silly power really just for the front wheels to cope with.
So anyway, enough from me, the Evo ticks way more boxes than any modern "fast car" because it is a legend that no other manufacturer has got close to yet......
 

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The EVO X 300 that I have would appear to be a more modern car and,indeed it is, but we must bear in mind that the basic technology of the SST TC transmission is at least eight years old.I thought that a 5-speed 'box may be a bit agricultural. Not true,on later reflection.

In previous posts referring to the GOLF Type R with the TC transmission the comparison with an EVO VI is a bit tenuous. My first experience with EVOs was in a VI owned by a friend of mine. Boy,did it shift!

I borrowed it for a while and stuck loads of petrol in it. It never frightened me once. I would have bought it but I didn't want a fifteen years old car.

Went for one of the last EVO Xs. I'm now pleased that I got the SST which is good in my old age. I drive it mostly in S-SPORT to sharpen up the changes,similar to those in the Golf R (impressive motor).

I decided to modernize my EVO as and when funds allow. Added cruise control,reversing camera, KW3v suspension, Carbing undertray,winter tyres,
Milltek SS exhaust, and and a stage I tune at Indigo-GT (380/360).
That way I have a 'new' version of the same car every now and again.

The only car I would replace it with is a FOCUS RS with Mountune upgrade but we are then up to £35K or so. Like others in this thread I'm sure I would miss the X terribly.
 

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Had VAG cars for the last 4 years (2013 Audi A5 2.0 TFSI / 2016 Polo GTi / 2014 Octavia VRS) and have to say it was quite a shock coming back to an Evo VI mainly due to the far inferior interior / build quality. However there's just something about them.
One of the best looking cars on the road IMO and they just drive superb / so sharp. This is also similar to what this months magazines are saying with the TME in - hence why they continually beat far new newer cars in opinions.

I also think we're now getting to the end of the "chavvy era" where they stop having a bad reputation and start the long journey of becoming classics. Similar to the Sierra Cosworth 15 years ago.

I'm actually struggling to not buy another - fancy an RS to go with the GSR but have nowhere to stow it and my lass would go mad !!
 

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I'm still relatively young at 30 and started on the ford rs scene. I wasn't a Japanese fan until recently (almost 2 years) when I bought the TME. In contrast to Ford RS and Japanese cars, I've had a variety of cars new and old. The car I owned the longest to date was a b7 rs 4. I loved it and is the car most regret selling. After that, I had a v10 r8 last year and was of course a phenomenal car, a merc c63 amg and for me personally apart from noise, was far too boring and now only have shonky old evos and ford RS. If that doesn't sum up old vs new, I don't know what does :lol:
 
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It's the same with a lot of cars I think, I owned a mk3 escort RS1600i which was turbo'd all singing and dancing, and as much as I would loave to drive it to work everyday, if I had to, but I'd dream about the drive to a car show the following weekend. I rarely drive my tme, and love my transit and daily civic, but the evo never fails to put a grin on my face. It's like anything, if you live on the seafront, the appeal of going to he coast isn't as exciting for someone that lives inland. P.s. I'm a little drunk so hope that makes sense to someone
 

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I've recently sold a golf r, an in some aspects i wish i hadn't. but then i looked at the negatives which outraged the positives.
in terms of comfort it was spot on, pretty nippy for a big full weight car. but I'm sure with some decent mods it would be pretty decent. price again was not appealing, 32k which to me is a lot of money.


but i am considering something myself but i can't make me mind up what. id like to drive an rs4 as it ticks a lot of boxes for me. or a 5 door e90 m3 saloon.
 

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It's the same with a lot of cars I think, I owned a mk3 escort RS1600i which was turbo'd all singing and dancing, and as much as I would loave to drive it to work everyday, if I had to, but I'd dream about the drive to a car show the following weekend. I rarely drive my tme, and love my transit and daily civic, but the evo never fails to put a grin on my face. It's like anything, if you live on the seafront, the appeal of going to he coast isn't as exciting for someone that lives inland. P.s. I'm a little drunk so hope that makes sense to someone
Same here. Rare occasion mind but one or two too many g and t's is getting the the better of me and I'm rambling ****e :lol:
 

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Have a x rs and an x330sst and have had many other evos . Both now weekend cars. Have had a Focus RS since July which is not quite as raw at the limit but a better all round car with plenty of grunt and good economy.
 

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The thing I thing EVERYONE is missing here is we are talking about a homologation special (at least up to the VII) that only exists because they were made in limited numbers and in the shape they do. Example - when you look at a V or VI there is/was no normal version of that car in in non-evo form.

well sort of anyway have a look here for a bit of contradiction to my statement:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Lancer

With the other cars being mentioned here like for example the Octavia VRS, you can also get a 1.8 Diesel used as a taxi and more importantly they probably made more of them in a few weeks that EVERY Evo ever made :handsup:

SO if you are the type of owner that appreciates the history and all that they are a bit special. Like a lot of the other cars mentioned on this thread with rally connections. Which incidentally the MkI Octavia VRS kind of does too :smthumbup

Oh and modern cars - last time I looked you can't buy a 4WD POLO R for the road or a 4WD Fiesta WRC or even an R5 equivalent. You can't even get a Sporty Polo but you can get a 2WD ST Fiesta I guess...

Not seen any Golfs or Focus in the WRC recently!
 
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