Ok , currently in chemo session number 3 so ive got some time to write about my experience.. please excuse my typos and poor grammer, chem really messes with my cognitive functions.
collected a red GR-4 with total excitement a few weeks ago... moving off, arhhhhh that 3 cyclinder.... i can feel im going to have issues with this engine. i REALLY didnt like it, to me, it really made the car feel ordinary. The slow 3 pot thrum , the slow rev behaviour , and to me it did NOT feel 260hp worth. That was the first big disappointment, the piped in sound is awful as well, i did not enjoy the experience in the cabin at all.
Handling is very subaru / Audi, absolutely rock steady but not fun at all.... but really locked in and a serious point to point machine, on a back road , this thing will trounce most things . The brakes were nothing short of incredible, 4 pots 360mm rotors just haul this thing down in a different way , 10/10 for this. Seats.... arhhhh guys im 6ft tall and i felt like i was sitting on a bench, major downer.... The transmission which everybody bangs on about how good the gear change is , to me did not feel great.... Definitely not as good as my old fiesta ST with short shift mod and no where near the z4m gear change ( which many dont like). Driving back in the z4m was the final nail in the coffin. within 3 days id emailed steven eagle and cancelled my order. i came away liking the car, but i definitely didnt fall in love with it.
For my the car is vastly over hyped and it made me go in with i think unrealistic expectations. Personally, i think my old fiesta ST was better and much much more fun.