If you watch Harry Metcalf's review of the Shamal he makes that very observation.
I agree. The Shamal is the better GT car.Had the choice and went for the Cup. Better driveability, less made and to be honest bump into one which I couldn’t let go. Don’t get me wrong, Shamal is the Uber biturbo in looks and hope to have one at some stage but for sure not the better car out of the Biturbo era. Obviously biased view.
Where abouts do you live Ewan?The Shamal exhaust does ground out. But not particularly worse than the Cup. Both were pretty useless on the bumpy and undulating rural roads around me, and that definitely played a part in me selling them.
The Strad, with its stiff suspension, gets thrown off line on the same roads, but doesn't ground out.
Of my recent Masers, I'd say the GS makes the best fist of attacking my local roads.
Why the lack of love for cars formerly from Japan? Aesthetic differences are just a matter of a headlight swap if you really want to, and the Japanese are typically very fastidious about maintaining their cars. So they’ve often been pampered. Plus of course the benefits of no salt on the roads making UK levels of rot almost unheard of in Japan.Well, it’s all relative these prices but 60-70K Euros for a LHD Cup with good specs isnt that unreasonable. Real good LHD GT’s sell for 30K these days (real paid price if you are not in a hurry) if it isn’t an ex Japan car. It will be more difficult overtime to find a standard Cup with low mileage and history and sure it will go further up as we have seen with limited editions Integrales etc. Matter of time imo