Highly equipped stylish reliable coupe
Nothing and still on its original exhaust!
I've always wanted this model. I had previously owned the Scoupe Turbo SE for 13 years from new, but this is in a totally different league! Engine has great mid range torque for overtaking, and feels a lot quicker than the 164bhp that's stated, and sounds awesome! I've had a K&N induction filter added, and when the original exhaust finally goes, will get a cat back stainless steel sports one fitted; with a BBR Starchip ECU remap, it should be good for nearly 200bhp.
I read a lot of reviews on this car before I bought it, and can say the handling has been very good, given how bad the British roads and weather can be, wheel spin isn't much of any issue with traction control as standard. I've had no faults, and it sails through its M.O.T. (UK road test) every year without any advisories. I've had the timing belt replaced, and some tyres, and that's it, not bad in 3 years!
Economy has been very reasonable. I get between 28 and 33 mpg, and its 6 speed gearbox really helps with that, by keeping the revs low for cruising. Standard kit of these cars is really great, with lots of extras including full leather Recaro seats and air-conditioning.
I would recommend upgrading the standard stereo head unit. I got a Sony Atrac MP3 flip front, and its a lot better, as well as getting the aerial changed for a small bee-sting one, which looks a lot better. Rear seats are just recommended for kids or small adults on a short journey. I'm six foot tall and front headroom is fine for me, but taller drivers might have limited space given that the sunroof eats into headroom. But then again, when you buy a coupe, you know you're putting style over practicality and space, with the exception of the boot, which is big.
Not many cars around with this amount of extra's and a V6 engine for the price. If you're not a badge snob, then I'd thoroughly recommend this car if you want a stylish reliable well equipped coupe, especially if you can grab one with some of the remains of the manufacturer's 5 year 100,000 mile warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2010