i had one, great car. some things i remember - power steering boost is too high, soft. turbo lag is significant - you 'must' left foot brake to keep it spooled. very aero car, it does not want to slow down. interior is very 90's gm'ish. m100 bespoke parts can be rare and expensive (hubs, tail lights, etc..)
i politely disagree with kyle, i know 2 owners that have put in the roll bar solution for street safety only. best FWD car i have ever driven. loads of grip when you are on the throttle. torque steer is easily managed.
not anything like an elise though - i would describe them as night and day different. the M100 is a bit "girlie" soft, a little numb, production car feel. not saying thats bad... just saying its a very different kind of car. at the time i had a TVR so.....
kyle, how would you compare the 51/61 vs the 69?
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