Not what everyone else drives
Fuel pipes disintegrated. Modern fuel has alcohol mixed with it. This spelled the end for the already old rubber tubes.
The car had been stored since 1994, so can be forgiven for this fault.
If you are totally oblivious to mechanics, then this car is not for you.
The carb'd turbo set requires frequent adjustment to get the best out of the engine.
Generally in my experience (I've owned 6 Y10 turbos over 10 years) the engine is a very strong unit. Heavier than the Fiat FIRE unit, but that is no bad thing. I've never had a major mechanical failure with the 1049 Fiat Brazil engine as in the Y10 Turbo.
The power delivery is an acquired taste. I personally love 80's turbo charged cars. If you are the kind of driver that prefers to leave the gear stick alone unless you really have to, then you will not get on with the Y10 Turbo. The trick is to keep the engine above 2750 RPM if you want to use the relatively huge torque available.
Performance wise these cars are addictive. My current Y10 is fairly standard, but these can very easily be made to go very fast in real world driving. Weight being between approx 750kg -820kg (lighter than an Exige), it only takes 100 HP to embarrass most things on the road.
The handling on these vehicles feels woeful at first. Only the bravest of drivers will have pushed the vehicle past the scary bit to realise the true potential; these cars really hang on.
Fuel consumption is shocking for a 1049cc engine. Partly to do with the twin choke Weber carb, partly to do with the 7:1 compression ratio, but mainly due to the fact these cars tend to feel at their best when your right foot is welded to the floor.
These cars are not for everybody, but for the unhinged few they will satisfy in many respects. I smile every time I start the engine.
On the sensible side, the design gives these little boxy cars a drag coefficient of 0.31. The have a massive amount of space inside considering the external dimensions. There is fantastic visibility all around.
I have always like the dainty controls for the indicators and alike. One thing I cannot stand about modern cars is the move towards making everything chunky (pillars, indicators etc etc). It's not designed for the more heavy handed individual, but if not mistreated, the interior and controls wear and work well.
If you are a slightly unhinged character, who appreciates clever design, owns at least a single garage, has a knowledge of mechanics and likes to have a lot of fun, then buy one of these cars!
That is if you can find one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2013