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MAF260

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I suppose I should change my avatar now!

Congrats on becoming the new custodian, Phill. I have many great memories with the car and look forward to seeing future updates.

I bought the GranSport’s ‘replacement’ almost 2 years ago and am still smitten. For those interested in the Supersports it’s a phenomenal car and markedly different to all other Continentals. Mine now has 758bhp and 996nm so is even more extreme. There are quite a few videos on YouTube etc with Derek Bell behind the wheel waxing lyrical about the car. It’s definitely no Elise, but it’s staggering how it changes direction!
 

Felonious Crud

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I suppose I should change my avatar now!

Congrats on becoming the new custodian, Phill. I have many great memories with the car and look forward to seeing future updates.

I bought the GranSport’s ‘replacement’ almost 2 years ago and am still smitten. For those interested in the Supersports it’s a phenomenal car and markedly different to all other Continentals. Mine now has 758bhp and 996nm so is even more extreme. There are quite a few videos on YouTube etc with Derek Bell behind the wheel waxing lyrical about the car. It’s definitely no Elise, but it’s staggering how it changes direction!
When are you having the Banana Yellow wrap done...? I honestly can't think of anything else that would make the Mentley more bonkers.

Phil, well done! You've bought a much loved (and not just by MAF) and much admired (again, not just by MAF) GS. Just don't be surprised if lots of people habitually yell at you to slow down, be quiet or to stop being offensive. Even if you're just sitting quietly in the car with the engine off.
 

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I suppose I should change my avatar now!

Congrats on becoming the new custodian, Phill. I have many great memories with the car and look forward to seeing future updates.

I bought the GranSport’s ‘replacement’ almost 2 years ago and am still smitten. For those interested in the Supersports it’s a phenomenal car and markedly different to all other Continentals. Mine now has 758bhp and 996nm so is even more extreme. There are quite a few videos on YouTube etc with Derek Bell behind the wheel waxing lyrical about the car. It’s definitely no Elise, but it’s staggering how it changes direction!
Highly tempted to look at re-maps for mine. I think first things first though. Get the electrical niggles sorted then a full alignment at (I hope) Wheels in Motion.

Then we shall see!

C
 

PhillV8S

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Is there a parts list and workshop manual available for the GS? Always handy to have if available.
 

CatmanV2

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I’m not sure how much tech made it into subsequent ‘normal’ cars but it’s stuff like the torque split and upgraded gearbox that make it very interesting (to me). I doubt it turns it into an Elise but I’d love to find out...
This is the first AWD car I've driven and having been able to go from FWD to RWD to AWD pretty much back to back the difference is night and day.

Of course they are very different cars (Continental, Alfa 147 and Jaaaaaaag) and I suspect some alignment could bring benefits but yes. Very different.

I've been beginning to push the GT at some twisties and while I wouldn't say it's particularly 'pointy' it sure as **** goes where you want it with (size notwithstanding) very little requirement to back off ;)

Need to sort the exhaust valves. There's no Sport / Manual mode so it's in Sport for the exhaust and the bloody thing keeps changing gear.

C
 

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The CSS is quite pointy, I’ve only found some very mild understeer once when pushing on in damp conditions.

Chris - the exhaust is easy. Pull the vacuum tube off the valves and push a golf tee or something similar in the pipe, the tie it up out the way. Instant louder exhaust for free and you don’t need to remove the rear under tray - 10 minute job.
I’ve done that for now while I find some time to have my spare rear boxes opened up to create quiet/ASBO options that will be operated by a switch.
 

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... then a full alignment at (I hope) Wheels in Motion.
Closer to you, I would fully recommend Elite Tyres in Rainham. And get them to do a rolling road wheel balance thing while they're at it. 'Twas a Newton recommendation, and as we know, dat man know what he talkin' 'bout.
 

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The CSS is quite pointy, I’ve only found some very mild understeer once when pushing on in damp conditions.

Chris - the exhaust is easy. Pull the vacuum tube off the valves and push a golf tee or something similar in the pipe, the tie it up out the way. Instant louder exhaust for free and you don’t need to remove the rear under tray - 10 minute job.
I’ve done that for now while I find some time to have my spare rear boxes opened up to create quiet/ASBO options that will be operated by a switch.
Yeah, I'd just like to have the option of making it quiet at will as well!

And, I'm more than happy to stand up and say that what you call 'pushing on' is what I call 'suicidal insanity'

Not because it is, but simply you are a far more experienced driver than I!

C
 

CatmanV2

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Closer to you, I would fully recommend Elite Tyres in Rainham. And get them to do a rolling road wheel balance thing while they're at it. 'Twas a Newton recommendation, and as we know, dat man know what he talkin' 'bout.
Ta! Not that much more convenient as it goes. If I go to WIM I can grab coffee from very old pals in Chesham (lockdown permitting!)

I shall consider once I get the (no doubt eyewatering) bill from Cowdrey next week.

They are charging me nothing at all to pick the car up and drop it off though!

C
 

PhillV8S

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Not had a chance to get in the car again until now. Every drive is certainly an event. A lot more involving and drama than the Alpina. I am going to love getting to know this Italian hothead.