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I have often found audio gear lovers are petrol heads, or at least appreciate nice machines and often motorcycles. So forgive me if this is inappropriate but here's a thread of interesting automotive machines owned by audio machine lovers.

 

If this is not appropriate feel free to kill it.

 

I'll start art with my Triumph Tiger 1050 se which does many miles at good speed around the South Island. Indeed many a weekend such as the one just gone is occupied by long motorcycle trips with others and playing with hifi and listening to jazz. Heaven.

 

Cars, lucky enough to have understanding boss and have new Holden Commodore Calais V with the V8 option in sports wagon. Finally a holden with no apologies needed, it really is very very good. only fault is that the calais V. Should have a much better stereo but they did not fit it into the sports wagon as the lack of boot and shelve stuffed it up. But they should have done something!

 

Also has pandora built in, but am addicted to spotify now. If reception is good can run spotify on phone and it will stream to car. But when I see some twists I turn the sounds off and listen to the V8 instead.

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Dont know about others but yes, bikes have been a majorpart of my life since turning 15 (RD350, LC350, RZ350, BMWK100, Suzuki Katana, Aprilia Falc0) as was music. Audio came along later. Still liking biking. Will sell the Falco this year, and move onto something else. Tiger 1050 is high on the list. So is the new Yamaha MT-09. I get to ride new bikes a lot (part of my job) which kind of confuses the issue; it is probably much the same for audio reviewers. The other obsession is golf, but perhaps that's for another time.

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Bikes haven't been  a major part of my life... have this annoying tendency to fall off.. so stick to 4 wheels now!  Though still appreciate them and painted plenty of tanks, frames, and fairings for friends who could stay upright!

 

From reading other forums in the past, a car and audio fetish do seem to go hand in hand...and the range of cars owned was really quite fascinating!

 

I don't have an understanding boss  unfortunately... and it is about now that ducks bottoms and 50 fathoms comes into the equation... so make do with my 06 VE Commodore SV6  as a daily driver.. goes well enough, has three pedals, and is economical. Toys have always been Mini Coopers or Jags, and the current and now only one is a '79 Jag XJS v12 , also a genuine factory three pedaller.. possibly one of the last three ever built  and currently completing resto and should be terrorising Auckland traffic ( or myself)  in about 6 months ... seeing as a Porsche 917 is too much pocket money..

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A '79 v12 manual ?

 

Very rare !

 

Nothing but a humble '05 Golf Mk5 GTI DSG here.

 

Not the best at anything except being a well balanced package.

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Tiger 1050 is high on the list.

 

great bike, best all rounder.

 

 

 

I get to ride new bikes a lot (part of my job).

that's not fair!

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Nak-mad, sv6 is good, in someways better car than the V8. v12 jag with a manual! Yep that would be Rare and outrageous fun, what a noise that must make. Best exhaust noise I ever had was an Austin healey 3000 which despite an old westminister engine sounded superb. But not in V12 jag territory I fear.

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A ’79 v12 manual ? Very rare ! Nothing but a humble ’05 Golf Mk5 GTI DSG here. Not the best at anything except being a well balanced package.

 

i like gti and will seriously look at one when the lease on the calais comes up. New ones are quiet on open road they claim, important to me as do a lot of miles. Calais endures rather than loves corners...

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Latest Mk7 GTI is a more refined cruiser, a tad less sporty and overladen with electronic gizmos.

 

Sounds great (like many new cars it has a sound conducting pipe from engine bay to cabin), has great steering (a variable ratio system that actually works!), is confortable and is much more efficient (faster, drinks less fuel).

 

But I don't feel compelled to upgrade, maybe if a stripped out version was available.

 

 

 

 

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Latest Mk7 GTI is a more refined cruiser, a tad less sporty and overladen with electronic gizmos. Sounds great (like many new cars it has a sound conducting pipe from engine bay to cabin), has great steering (a variable ratio system that actually works!), is confortable and is much more efficient (faster, drinks less fuel). But I don’t feel compelled to upgrade, maybe if a stripped out version was available.

 

yrs I have read that if you touch the brake with your left foot it kills the throttle... I only left foot break and want both!

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A ’79 v12 manual ? Very rare ! Nothing but a humble ’05 Golf Mk5 GTI DSG here. Not the best at anything except being a well balanced package.

 

Nothing shabby about your  GTI Michael....  and yes, the GTI's are a nicely balanced package.. no experience of the DSG tranny, but I understand it is 'quicker' than a manual... and <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">will eat my 'S' easily across all areas with the exception of the poseur factor maybe... the XJS</span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> is a big heavy old girl.. especially when towing a fuel tanker as the on board 90 litres  can get consumed quickly.</span>

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Nak-mad, sv6 is good, in someways better car than the V8. v12 jag with a manual! Yep that would be Rare and outrageous fun, what a noise that must make. Best exhaust noise I ever had was an Austin healey 3000 which despite an old westminister engine sounded superb. But not in V12 jag territory I fear.

 

Yeah, mine is a very early VE SV6, a few interesting differences over  the late o6 onwards cars...

 

XJS's are remarkably quiet, though I am aiming to do something about it.... the exhaust is one of the last things to be worked out.. but the Jag is quite shrill and raspy, unlike a Ferrari.

 

Agree a good straight 6 has a nice note.... eg the squealey 3000, or any skyline with a decent exhaust!

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Latest Mk7 GTI is a more refined cruiser, a tad less sporty and overladen with electronic gizmos. Sounds great (like many new cars it has a sound conducting pipe from engine bay to cabin), has great steering (a variable ratio system that actually works!), is confortable and is much more efficient (faster, drinks less fuel). But I don’t feel compelled to upgrade, maybe if a stripped out version was available.

 

yrs I have read that if you touch the brake with your left foot it kills the throttle… I only left foot break and want both!

 

It depends on the order in which you apply the pedals.

 

Brake before accelerator is usually OK - it's part of the faux launch control procedure.

 

Foot on gas and left foot brake at the same time can cause all manner of spazzy action.

 

Most modern two pedal transmissions have similar electronic nannies built-in.

 

They can be defeated though, APR (who do a lot of VAG work) have a DSG remap program as part of their Stage 3 modifications.

 

Next car will probably be along the lines of a modern classic with minimal fripperies !

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My daily drive is a Xdrive 40D X5 and a fine vehicle it is BMW have done a great job with this 3 litre diesel engine.

 

More interesting is my weekend when the sun is out car, a SL65 AMG. Not many of these on our shores.

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You see I left foot brake whilst still on the go pedal a lot, the commodore auto is an old fashioned unit so it doesn't mind. Good to know you can get the vw tranny modified to let you though.

 

In hanmer and took jet boat. They used to use two 350 Chevys but now run Lexus v8s as cheap and do a lot more hours. Sigh.

 

 

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My daily drive is a Xdrive 40D X5 and a fine vehicle it is BMW have done a great job with this 3 litre diesel engine. More interesting is my weekend when the sun is out car, a SL65 AMG. Not many of these on our shores.

 

we have some seriously nice motors on this forum! Would love BMW 330d but new ones stupidly overpriced in NZ so no chance of lease on one.

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my daily driver is a 10yr old Koni mountain bike which just manages the Chch roads. for longer distances i have a 4Motion Golf but aspire to the Corrado in my avatar. it could fit M W's requirements too but only 12 in NZ.

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my daily driver is a 10yr old Koni mountain bike which just manages the Chch roads. for longer distances i have a 4Motion Golf but aspire to the Corrado in my avatar. it could fit M W’s requirements too but only 12 in NZ.

 

yep don't see corrado's on our roads, new scirocco looks real good though...

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Corrados were a popular coupe in NZ when new but are rare now.

 

Even rarer is an unmolested example.

 

There's three on TM at the moment, including a LHD G60 supercharged edition.

 

Sciroccos are a dime a dozen.

 

Nicer to drive than a Golf but NZ gets shortchanged again - the adjustable suspension that was standard in the UK is optional here.

 

Neither are my future cup-of-tea.

 

For that libation think E30 M3 or late model Integrale.

 

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Wow tkr001!!!! SL65!!!!!...one of my faves. Mercedes definitely did a great job with the SL design over the years. You are a Lucky guy. I still make do with an original Purple(Anthracite Gray)1994 HSV VR Senator 215i,with the 6 speed option. Low Ks and in great original condition(bar some 19" ROH Furys). The other car...well the missus car,is a Mazda 3 SP25 with the 6 speed option. Great Car...pity about the Bose sounds though.

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LOL, 1994 eh.... the HSV body kits were made in good old Palmy North at that time.... down the Kelvin Grove end of Tremaine ave!.. I prepped up all the pre production samples for Holden and HSV ... skirt kits and that massive rear spoiler.....

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Good ol' Quest Industries.

 

They've been around since the Ark and are still down the end of Tremaine Ave.

 

First came to automotive attention by being chosen by Toyota to make spoiler kits for the Chris Amon tuned Toyota Corolla AE82 GT of 1985/86.

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LOL, 1994 eh…. the HSV body kits were made in good old Palmy North at that time…. down the Kelvin Grove end of Tremaine ave!.. I prepped up all the pre production samples for Holden and HSV … skirt kits and that massive rear spoiler…..

 

Good to see they have come full circle back home to NZ lol. Reminds me of Bathurst 1997...was gonna buy an HSV Jacket there and the guy at the HSV tent says why dont you buy them back in NZ....they make them there. I thought "surely not",but lo and behold....made in NZ on the collar lol. Love the Ol HSVs though. When i win lotto,ill have the 4 Group As parked in my garage please..VK,VL x2 and VN.

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And guess who was your friendly paint chemist that set the paint spec???

 

Quest was customer of mine when I was a Lab rat at Dulux, and later as a Tech Chem ( Lab rat given more cheese and a car....) taught them everything they knew at the time .. and I even worked for Quest in the early 90's until I sought the big time in Jaffaland...hence involved with the sample prep for the HSV's , Tickford etc.

 

Fond memories of the place, and still keep in touch with the owner..

 

 

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Lancia Integrale Evolution – Well balanced and a lot of fun, if you cant enjoy driving this car you are probably dead. Stock apart from reworked suspension

 

Audi Quattro turbo coupe – The original, a quiet capable cruiser that will run hard from Auckland to Wellington non stop.Stock

 

Porsche 944 S2 – One of the best balanced cars ever made. Reliable, rapid, affordable with traditional Teutonic build quality. One of the few cars that will sit on a gravel road at imperial three figure speeds utilising a relaxed a single finger for guidance. Lightly modified taking advantage of the owners suspension and engine tuning experience.

Suzuki Cultus GTI – Tweaked example of a surprisingly quick Japper under 900kg and better than 125hp - you do the maths.

 

Escort Mk1 V8 rally car – this has been around for years (Still in a process of upgrading and restoration)

 

What ever work car comes my way – My employers products generally surprise and delight in a way that other products may disappoint.

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Some very desirable wheels there !

 

Is the Integrale still LHD ?

 

Red ?

 

Which version ur quattro ?

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