Two epic cars man! How do you find the FD2?
I‘m still getting used to it but I’m liking it so far. It‘s similar to the EK in respect to how they both corner so well, have great turn in, front wheel grip and rear end predictability.
Both also have good rigidity and hardly any body roll, obviously the FD edges it on power but most importantly it has some usable low end torque (not much but enough to make life easier) which is great for everyday driving
The FD feels more stable and comfortable at high speed, corners and straights, it’s a more refined, more modern drive than the EK. It feels like a much bigger car in the city at slow speeds but once you hit a motorway or B road it’s nimbleness and power really shines through, it almost starts to feel like a small hatchback sized car
The cabins a lot quieter, the seats are bigger, it has more room and the dash is a much more modern design so it definitely has more of a everyday car vibe about it
A few things that I really like are… The I-Vtec shift light, absolute perfect placement where you don’t really have to look or focus in on it to see what it’s doing, it’s kinda right there, in your line of sight
The 6 speed box, in particular gears 1,2 and 3, so short and close, gives it a proper racey feel if your going for a good spirited drive. 6th gear is great for motorway cruising, big improvement over b series 5 speeders
Also loving that I have some in car entertainment, it’s still in Japanese but least I can listen to some tunes, again gives it much more of an everyday car feel over the EK which has no radio or speakers
A few things that are not so much to my liking… The shifter, it feels numb, there’s nothing wrong with it, shifts smooth without fuss into any gear, if anything it’s that smooth and un-notchy it just feels numb
The suspension setup and stiffness, this is really only a gripe as I use this as my daily driver in a city where the roads aren’t the best and have speed bumps around every corner you turn. The chassis just feels a bit stiff/rigid for bumpy uneven roads imo… this turns into a plus on any decent surface though
The clutch feel wasn’t the best (again numb feeling) but I just rectified that by upgrading to a B series clutch master cylinder so it now feels great and just like the clutch on the EK, big improvement over the standard master cylinder which has some sort of dampening diaphragm built into It