Venturi Atlantique Reviews

2000 Venturi Atlantique 300 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Previous carBMW 6 Series

Summary:

Daily driver sportscar - an alternative to 911 and NSX

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car so far.

I've had it 6 months.

General Comments:

A fantastic looking car, which gets a lot of attention from people wondering what it is.

The automatic gearbox feels badly out of place - it works well enough, but this is a true sportscar with not a lot of refinement, not a long distance cruiser. I would really advise you to go for the manual version and enjoy the car for what it was designed for.

Another disadvantage of the auto is that it comes with the normally-aspirated, rather than twin-turbo version. This makes the engine less noisy, and therefore more refined, but it extends the 0-60 time by 2.5 seconds, and drops the max speed by 25 mph.

You can easily drive this car every day, but bear in mind:

A) Very little ground clearance for any speed ramps on your way to work.

B) Fibreglass body means that side winds can be VERY scary - so not a good long distance car.

The engine is the same V6 fitted to Renaults, Peugeots amd Volvos, and the switchgear I think is Citroen. Anyway, I've had no problem getting people to service it.

In summary:

Pretty, Fast, Reliable, High Insurance, but pretty good fuel consumption.

Get the manual rather than the auto.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2002

30th Aug 2004, 11:49

The Venturi 300 atlantique was one of the greatest cars I've ever driven. Very sensitive steering and street contact together with outstanding performance for an only 3 litre car.

I drove the car for more than 20 000 kms without major problems, although you need to care about this car so you can solve the minor technical problems typical on low production cars with racing origin.

The interior is finished with beautiful seats and thick leather upholstery inside the complete cabin (also dash, console and doors) is much more expensive finished than Porsche, Ferrari, Bmw, Mercedes, etc.

The finest thing : it's beautiful and very rare!

1998 Venturi Atlantique TT 3.0 V6 twin turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 twin turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance324 kilometres
Previous carFerrari 512 TR

Summary:

A rocket on wheels

Faults:

No problems at all!

General Comments:

Extremely fast and handles very well.

Looks great.

Car is very safe to drive.

Inside is not very roomy, but the car is very well put together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2001

29th Apr 2003, 10:02

Errrr...you have done just 324 kilometers in 3 years??? That's 9 kilometers a month. What do you do, drive to the corner to get your newspaper and back again?

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews