"One Sweet Driver's Car"5.0 starson by zelenkajl
Pros: Sweet non-turbo engine with equally sweet six speed manual trans. Quite reasonable ride and great handling. Excellent gas mileage when driven with restraint. Unique and highly readable dash.
Cons: Rear wing of questionable value. Needs to be flogged hard to make use of full potential.
Summary: Compared to the expensive German cars I've owned with turbocharged engines this is one very slick and fun little car to drive. Even though the engine is short on max torque it is available from 3K on up. Staying away from the 6K cam profile still results in satisfying performance and much improved gas mileage, not to mention less wear and tear on the drive train. The clutch and trans are a joy to use and as good as it gets. The ride can best be described as "nervous" but not uncomfortable and handling is "confidence inspiring".
Many automotive experts seem to have a problem with the dash layout but once you get use to the digital speedometer you'll never want to go back to an analog format again. Likewise the electric steering takes some getting use to but becomes a non-issue with use. The Alcantara seats with red stitching are very supportive and perfectly in keeping with the sporting intent of the car. Overall this is likely the finest non-turbo 4 on the market with an equally fine clutch and trans, plus the sticker price make it a true bargain for those not needing more than two seats or front headroom for someone over 6' tall.
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