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Old 29-07-2017, 01:38 PM
dvaughan1979 dvaughan1979 is offline
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Default S50 versus S54......again!

Hi guys,

Sorry to go over old ground, but I've scoured the threads and thought I'd ask the question.

I know the differences between spec, engine and rarity etc. But what is the actual difference on a day to day?

Higher revs, but less bhp. For blasting down your favourite road, where sometimes you can't reach the redline, would you notice the difference?

I know Spooks has gone from S50 to S54 so wondered if anyone else had made the change and for what reasons?
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Old 29-07-2017, 04:48 PM
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My view (had both s50 in the coupe and an s54 in a z4m, a CSL and an e46).

Performance wise, very similar.

Sound - s54 wins, love the rasp....

Throttle and power delivery - I prefer the s50, find the fly by wire a bit funny tbh but there is not much to pick at.

What would I rather have in an mc? Probably an s54 overall if I had the choice, would love to whack an air box on there!
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Old 29-07-2017, 05:15 PM
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Interesting Rags.

S50 with air box and exhaust or is the S54 on a different level?

I'm used to V8's so probably comparing apples to pears
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Old 29-07-2017, 05:25 PM
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Having just bought gneville's S54 to accompany my S50 I'm looking forward to finding out myself...

I had a Z4MC with the full fat 343bhp S54 until earlier this year so it'll be interesting to see how the "detuned" version of the S54 compares to that too (despite it being a cracking car I just found the Z4MC lacking in character).

I've not had a chance to take the S54 out yet, but when I do (hopefully soon), I'll try to post my thoughts on how the two compare.
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Old 29-07-2017, 08:57 PM
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Thanks Westerby.

Will be good to get a back to back.
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Old 31-07-2017, 08:50 PM
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I don't understand why the S54 are said to more desirable.

I thought the whole attraction about the M Coupe was the fact it was a proper drivers car with no traction control etc. so how can the S54 be more desirable?

Please prove me wrong but is it not the case with every other "classic car" that the first original models demand the most money and the facelift less so?
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Old 31-07-2017, 09:09 PM
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I don't understand why the S54 are said to more desirable.

I thought the whole attraction about the M Coupe was the fact it was a proper drivers car with no traction control etc. so how can the S54 be more desirable?

Please prove me wrong but is it not the case with every other "classic car" that the first original models demand the most money and the facelift less so?
I know what you mean,i run an S50 and its had its niggles much the same as an S54,boot floor,Vanos,dif,spinning bearings the list goes on,except of course the S50 has no driver aids,which in my mind is good,i know there is meant to be a handfull of more horses in the S54 however i doubt if any of our cars have the same as they did when new,except for the ones that have been got at.
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I don't understand why the S54 are said to more desirable.

I thought the whole attraction about the M Coupe was the fact it was a proper drivers car with no traction control etc. so how can the S54 be more desirable?

Please prove me wrong but is it not the case with every other "classic car" that the first original models demand the most money and the facelift less so?
There are a fraction of numbers with S54's though so they are much rarer - which is bound to be part of it. That's possibly the opposite of other limited run oddballs where once they started selling they made more. I didn't have a preference when I was buying mine.

A quick google gave me this:
Version Registrations
Clio V6 230 (Phase I) 256
Clio V6 255 (Phase II) 354

Wasn't it the same with the Williams too?
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:48 AM
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Couldn't care either way... I just know I love my S50 for what it is and I suspect I'd feel exactly the same if it was an S54

Nor do I care if either are appreciating or depreciating in value. Buy either and enjoy the experience.
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