I have now covered 1k miles in the M200 & thot it was about time i had my say, so here it goes....
starting from the outside...Wow, what a beautiful car, the more i look at it the prettier she gets!! only 2 beefs....the thin paint work & im not a big fan of the wheels
Interior, what can i say, its the same as any other type R, seats lock you in place, great drivers position although the drivers seat is a bit high. loads of room in the back & boot, dash layout is perfect for me, pedals, steering wheel & gear stick all work together to make you feel in total control of the car. find it awfully hard to reverse park & have already got a nick in my alloy & the blind spot is well totaly blind!!
Engine, well what can i say...i love it, i havent thrashed it yet but have taken it in to the vtech a few times although its hard to find a decent road to do it on, im still having to get used to the short ratio of the gears...im changing gear an awful lot in low revs if that makes sence? the power is smooth & linear all through the gears & available on tap providing you are in the correct gear...takes getting used to comming from a previous STI owner, i love the way i have to work the car hard to make it work...it seems the more i work it the more it wants to be thrashed....that engine note change is out of this world!!
Handling, as good as it can be for a front wheel drive car with so much power, alot of understeer which i wasnt expecting due to the LSD & a bit twitchy out of the corners if worked hard....im not overly impressed but i wasnt expecting anything amazing. brakes are fine so far but havnt been tested really, ride is stiff & passngers in the back have commented on how harsh it is....i like it tho, they dont like it thay can walk
all in all im definetly a true fan of this car & it is a real head turner
is it worth the extra ££££?? yes i think it is!
i will write more when i take it over 2 Germany with me & introduce it to the Autobahn