After driving an Integra Type-R on a work track day, I had been totally amazed by the sound of a screaming VTEC engine. So to pick this up last year was a dream come true. Red-lining at 9,000 rpm, the sound is embarrassing (loud) when you overtake. Torque needs to be higher at lower rpm, but when you hit 6,000 rpm it takes off! We have made 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.
I bought this car mainly for the performance, but you need to be aware of some other points as well. The car comes with one equipment level. It has mod-cons, but nothing flash, no sat-nav for instance.
The roof is great, but you'll be glad of the fantastic heater which has kept us warm at snowline temperatures. Don't be put off by it folding down, the boot can be completely filled up with the roof down (unlike the SLK).
We totally love this car, it's made driving a pleasure again.