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The Car Shopping Round (Round 64): Tears in Heaven


The new Contendiente Ataque S.

Hotter than hell.

$14000 @ 0%


JHW Sparrow GT/S

Sporting made simple $13,900


Townsend Motors Press Release
27 January

We would like to apologize to our customers, both existing and potential. Due to new government fuel economy testing methods, we regrettably must inform the public that the Townsend Titus’s revised fuel economy figures are lower than originally expected. The new combined rating is over 33 MPG.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this new government method has caused.

Silly game updates. :stuck_out_tongue:


sorry no stylish this and that or photoshop here, I barely have time but if I’m going to be judging UE4 cars I better try my hand at making one right and this is perfect timing to reveal the-

Armada Fore Gen. IV GTi

where the hell are the shadows!?!?

Despite the protestations of a certain Annabel Herrington, granddaughter of the founder of Armada, and current head of the Driver Development arm of Armada Racing, The Fore is as fine a representation of the company’s philosophy but also expanding legacy, as their first truly successful production model that also embodies their quirky dedication to the go-fast bits at budget prices. Even in an expanding array of trims as is the wont of the hatch and its versatility, the mainstay of Armada has been the GTi variant, the one with all the punch without sacrificing much of the trim. It’s the one you can live with every day but by golly it goes like the blazers. Ever since the 2nd Generation, Armada have nailed the hot hatch down to a fine art, and even if they only have the production capacity to capture a smaller slice of the pie, their customers know exactly what they want and that’s exactly what they get.

For as long as the hot hatch remains relevant, which we presume will be a long time, the Fore GTi always has had and always will have the following: four proper seats, a manual transmission, front-wheel drive, limited slip diff and independent suspension. It boasts a lightweight construction with an unbeatable combination of speed and fuel economy and grippy but pliant handling. It is an Armada promise to deliver the quickest liveable hot hatch for the price, but of course, the proof is in the pudding.

The ride is firm, yes, but tuned for dynamism and maximum cornering grip. This kind of performance, especially the cornering of all speeds, will see it outdo even more powerful dedicated sports cars, all while not burning a hole in your pocket with service and fuel costs.

For the real driver at heart, given the price, it is difficult to see why you’d want anything else… if you can get your hands on one. As every Armada car hails from the same single factory, these fly out the door faster than they can be made, so stake your claim now and find out for yourself exactly what strange magic goes on in that shed in Norwich.

14k @ 0%

Auto China 2018 (Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2018)

Presenting the 2009 Quark GT

The iconic small hatchback gets its 5th generation for 2009 and so does the GT model.

With 180 hp from the 1.6 turbo engine, it’s all the fun you could ever want, with all the practicality you need.

From $13,900.


'09 BM Berina 1.8T

A glimpse into the future, for less than you might think

Featuring a lightweight steel monocoque and clad in all-aluminium panels, the Berina comes in at just over 1.1 tonnes! And with an advanced 1.8L turbocharged inline 4, you get 242hp, a limited top speed of 153mph, and a car capable of a 13 second 1/4 mile, whilst returning up to 4.9L/100km combined!

Chuckable, fun, yet easy to drive and packed with technology, the perfect car for someone who wants fun without the expense.

Only $14,000


Olympus Gemini Executive

Released for the young upwardly mobile urbanite, the Gemini begins Olympus’ foray into the hot hatch arena. This 5 door, executive trim tourer features a 2.5 Liter Inline 6 Engine mated to a 5 speed Hot-shift manual transmission (rarely found on Olympus automobiles). Producing 160 hp, the Gemini Executive is not the most powerful offering, but is incredibly customize-able. Featuring premium interior features such as leather front and rear reclining bucket seats, cooled and heated cupholders,12V power supplies for all 4 passengers, and a 6 disc CD AM/FM/MP3 stereo, the Gemini pampers its guests. The car itself costs $13,900, but for the Olympus name, you will shell out an extra $12,000.

The Gemini also comes in Premier, Luxe, and DuLuxe trim levels, with more powerful engines, more advanced automatic and sequential transmissions, and more abundant appointments, but a bit more expensive.


Montes Arexis RS 2.0 16V (MK3) (2005-2009)

Here we have a strange Montes. That it was (and it is) the only and last production car from the brand that featured FWD.

Featuring a 2.0 NA high-revving engine, with a 167 HP, coupled to a 6-speed manual mid-closed-ratio gearbox with a mechanical differential, makes that car very fun to drive, agile and effective on twisted roads.

Now, you can have an Arexis RS for $14.000.



Presenting the FM Street GTi



The first reviews will come today, with a girlfriend’s review of how the car looks (gotta be able to convince the wife to splurge) and a blurb for those that didn’t make the cut to the showdown.


oh shit, taking CSR realism to a new level, I like


Living dangerously aren’t you?

Are you sure that your wife and girlfriend have the same taste in cars? :rofl:


The CY series (CY.I) Maesima Prova was released in 2006 and manufactured in Namju, Anikatia, the Prova was powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Transmission options consisted of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic units. It was a small, front-wheel drive vehicle that marked a major turning point in Maesima’s history. It was the start of a new era, the first-ever Maesima designed jointly with Cavallara Motors in Europe. Maesima having just survived the Asian Financial Crisis and Collapse of Communism in Anikatia. Its long term foreign partners Komodo Motors sold its substantial share of the company sold during the height of the financial crisis ending a partnership from the 1980s. The original Prova was product of the shared knowledge, it was big success that helped Maesima through the harsh periods of austerity and financial crisis. But now in a new era and with new partnership. Komodo sold to the Spanish brand Cavallara Motors, which quickly got to work on new designs.

The fruits of this new partnership arrived in the form of an all-new CY series Prova based on a shared platform, with a shared all-new engine architecture. Within Maesima it was known as the C-platform. Although the new MC-LC4M20-engine family shared the same basic block and internal components the layout and tunes were completely different. The engine had a cast iron block, an cast cylinder head, double overhead camshafts (chain-driven), four valves per cylinder. This engine was the first to feature Maesima’s Active Valve and Lift Electronic Control (ActiVEC) Variable valve lift and Variable valve timing with ActiVEC Plus technology which was developed from Cavallera’s own Camtronic Automated Valve Active Lift (CAVAL) system. Depending on the configuration the engine had either the just ActiVEC or the ActiVEC Plus. The 2006 Prova arrived with four engines based on this platform a naturally aspirated 1.5L ActiVEC, a naturally aspirated 1.8L with ActiVEC Plus a naturally aspirated 2.0L with ActiVEC Plus and a turbocharged 2.0L with ActiVEC Plus. All engines retained a multi-port fuel injection as did the Cavallara variants.

The basic C-platform shared the same 2.45m wheelbase and same MacPherson struts in front suspension, the Maesima retained a revised and returned version of the Torsion Beam setup of the original Prova. While the Cavallara variants used their own Semi Trailing Arm rear suspension design. The platform used AHS steel and steel panels for an extremely rigid and safe chassis compared to many of its competitors. While this gave the model a solid feel and greater protection, it also meant the design was generally heavier than its rivals. The highlight of the range was the return of the acclaimed ST-R trim. While a two door coupe was no longer offered. Moving with the times the ST-R moved towards a four door hatchback design. bringing new levels of sophistication and quality to the ST-R badge.

In 2009 the CY series II (CY.II ) Prova lineup was refreshed with all models getting a revised headlights and front fascia while taillights and rear were also updated, inside changes were to increase refinement and adding features. All engines were retained and retuned and refined while a new five-speed automatic transmission replaced the old four-speed and the five speed manual was further refined. The Prova continued to offer sporty styling, class-leading value with a plethora of standard features and safety equipment.

Available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback in five standard trim levels - Xz entry level 1.5L manual with optional automatic , mid level Tz 1.8L manual with optional automatic. Then the sport-tuned ST with a 2.0L manual with optional automatic. Finally the top grade premium trim ST-Z offering standard automatic and 2.0L engine with optional manual plus a comprehensive list of standard and available safety features that make it stand out from the crowd in a hotly competitive compact-car market. Finally the flagship ST-R performance model offered only as a four door hatchback. This striking design stands apart with a turbocharged 2.0L and five-speed manual and viscous LSD.

Offering 0-100 in just 6.5 seconds, while returning an average combined cycle of 7.7L per 100 km. Its the perfect balance of sporty fun and family practicality. The ST-R features sport-tuned, suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels and tires for better steering response and handling. Other standard features include cruise control, sporty design touches such as a rear spoiler, unique front fascia with fog lights, faux-leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with perforated faux-leather, sport fabric on the seats and door panels and metal-finish trim throughout the interior, including metal pedals.

The Prova follow Maesima’s brand philosophy of offering great safety equipment, with standard airbags, four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models, and four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brakes with electronic stability control. Additional safety features include: front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and child safety door latches.

Incorporating a Turbocharged ActiVEC Plus and multi-port fuel injection, the ST-R Prova are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC engine that produces 151 kW (202hp) horsepower and 240 Nm (177 ft lb) of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while an improved electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The new transmission is lighter in weight, more durable and provides improved operation. The Prova ST-R’s suspension layout uses MacPherson struts in front and a Torsion Beam design in the rear, and was carefully tuned to achieve the optimum balance between a comfortable ride and responsive handling. Front and rear stabiliser bars are standard on all models and handling is aided by a precise rack-and-pinion steering system equipped with engine-speed-sensitive power assist.

A sport-tuned suspension provides both the ST-R with an athletic stance, while a strut tower bar provides additional torsional rigidity for better handling and quicker turn-in. Like all of Maesima’s vehicles, each model features an impressive list of standard features inside and out, including: auto-off headlights, AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, remote keyless entry, height adjustable steering column, tachometer, cruise control, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, digital clock, carpeted floor mats, in-cabin air filter, tinted glass, rear window defroster and dual map lights with sunglasses holder.

Like all Maesima models, the Prova ST-R is covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in the package are a 8-year or 100,000-mile limited power train warranty; a four-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty; and a four-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A four-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.

$13,900 +0%


The first generation Cavallera Kunai joins the fray. Released in 2006 on the C platform co-developed with Maesima, and manufactured on production lines alongside the Prova in Anikatia, and on Cavallera’s own lines in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, the Kunai comes with a 2 litre inline four petrol engine, with variants all the way down to 1.5L. Either a 5-speed manual or automatic can be paired with any engine. Sitting on a 2.5m wheelbase, this top C trim differs from the Prova ST-R by putting power down through all wheels and sitting on a 3 door construction. The debut of this platform was a new page for the company, putting the new modular engine architecture to use, and allowing the company to gain new R&D capability, design influence and access to new markets - but it would also be the first foray into the world of hatchbacks after almost a decade.

Around the end of the 90s, Anikatia had slumped into the Financial Crisis. Companies were desperate for money but Komodo Motors was facing it’s own issues and backed out of their earlier partnership with Maesima. This offered a good opportunity for a smaller company like Cavallera to take a bold risk with it’s survival at stake for mutual success that would be a welcome boost to both brands. The first product to arise out of this joint effort was the new C platform, upon which the Kunai and Prova would be based. This platform would be a front wheel drive focused, monocoque AHS chassis with MacPherson front suspension and a choice between torsion or semi-trailing arm setup in the rear. Sitting at the front, transversely, is the 4M20, a 2.0L four-cylinder engine family based off the modular engine architecture from 2001, retaining older cast iron block technology and bottom end components, but forging ahead with a four valve per cylinder dual overhead cam design and employing the CAVAL system (variable valve timing and variable valve lift). This sporty C trim (C referring to Chiroptera, the technical name for a bat, the symbol of good luck and also the logo of the sports division of Cavallera) has the full size 2 litre inline 4 with CAVAL 1, meaning VVL together with VVT on the exhaust cams only, and a turbocharged and intercooler engine outputting 242 horsepower using multipoint fuel injection through individual throttle bodies for enhanced response and performance.

The Kunai was refreshed in 2009 at the same time as the Prova (the submitted variant being a facelifted Kunai C) featuring a more aggressive aero package, redesigned lights and a slightly retuned engine. While this spec is a 3 door, the 5 door is also available albeit in lower, civilian trims. Options for the Kunai C included a sports package for $1500 which upped power to 250hp, upgraded to bucket seats and added viscous limited slip differentials (not included in the submitted example) or the choice of 5 full sized seats at additional weight and cost. The vibrant colours of the Senyera play out across the car, especially in the red example submitted, however, all trims feature interior cues referring back to this theme. Other colour choices available are a dark blue, yellow, white, black and grey. Performance is sprightly and on par with other real-world performance hatchbacks, having a 0-100 time of 6.3 seconds, hitting a top speed of 233kph and pulling over 1g cornering force - all while returning 7.5L/100km. At the four corners are 210/50R17 tyres of a slightly harder compound than the Prova on account of the all-wheel drive. 100 to 0 braking takes around 33 metres, being slowed down by ventilated disks on all wheels.

All in all, the Cavallera Kunai C is an exotic Spanish Sangria - a potent, enticing blend of cutting-edge looks, driving pleasure and top-notch performance that can also star on the relaxing side for a meal of real-world livability. A versatile companion that can make memories and can make you smile. For only 14 grand (@0%), you can untame your heart.


A girlfriend review of the car looks? Haha coming full circle here if you recall I did the same thing in the very first CSR EDIT: just not with a wife in the side, you dirty scoundrel


Is that a FWD hatchback doing a burnout with its rear wheels? :stuck_out_tongue:


not sure if facetious joke or you actually didn’t read the post and missed AWD marketing spam


For some clarification on the lore side - Famal is Zavir’s cheap/standard brand from France, bought by them in the late 70s, Avance is their standard compact model and GTi is their traditional sporty trim - the top one though is the extreme XTS.

This blue sporty thing can be yours for 17 999 €/$/whateverautomationmoney (13.9k @ 0%)

Discourse, fcuk your coulour breaking upload :unamused:


CSR 62: Part one of the reviews

So here are the first blurbs along with the look reviews of my gf, the cars without a blurb go through to the hot hatch showdown.

Conan C38 2000 GT
Girlfriend judgement
Gf: “It’s a car. I like the colour…I guessss?”
I guess it’s the benchmark then

LLA Aristocrat
Girlfriend judgement
“Ooooh green…It looks like a duck…quack”
The exterior might have gone quack quack, but the suspension went WHACK WHACK with a rear ride frequency of 2.25 and damping of 0.59 the car felt uncomfortable at any speed, and with a turbo lag that could leave you counting the time on your watch it wasn’t the most cooperative buddy for day to day traffic either. But dear lord, despite its small size it packs 187 hp and grips like no tomorrow, neatly allowing the tail to come out when you lift off your foot in a corner ( or hell, sometimes when there was no turbo boost). This would make a great little racecar for a trackday, but sadly it’s not something I could live with from day to day.

Gf: “25 CARS? This is a lot of cars to look at…”

Townsend Titus 1.5T
Girlfriend judgement
“it’s very turquoaisy-ish, it looks very normal…Nice colour”
TOOOORRQUEEEEEE…aaaand nothing, TOOOOORRRQUEEEE…aaand nothing. This engine was a bit of a disappointment as it didn’t feel really sporty, nor did the chassis. Somehow it felt like a normal hatchback, although with a DCT, snuck into my list. It would be okay-ish to daily though as the interior felt like a nice place to be, and the suspension was forgiving yet not ship-like.

Bogliq Kitten SR
Girlfriend judgement
“This is a very circular car, it’s just a circle, I’m not sure if the colour works”
What a neat little warm hatch, the engine feels sporty, like, you gotta wring its neck, let it climb high, for all of the torques to appear, if you can keep it up high it most certainly delivers, not nice for city driving, but it is nice as a driving enthusiast. 140 PS doesn’t sound like a lot, but as a featherweight at 930 kg, it is far from slow once it is up to speed. And speed it won’t easily give up, with nimble, agile, tail swinging agility and a LSD. Yet sadly this car isn’t a nice pal to live with day to day with its stiff suspension and extremely low torque engine.

Erin Merna XTune
Girlfriend judgement
“Now that looks more like a sportscar…I dont actually know what a sportscar looks like so idk what I’m saying. Another white one, has a lot of shape to it though”

Gf: “Are you writing down what I’m saying?”
Me: “Yes, it will be published”

LAP LB20 Sport
Girlfriend judgement
“ooo, orange”
Me: “Anything else? Just say whatever”
“…It’s very normal looking, in a very bright colour”

Brivio Roma 2.0QP-N
Girlfriend judgement
“Too normal looking, and very yellow, doesn’t work well with that car I think”
How on earth is someone supposed to pronounce the full name of this? Oh well, leaving that asides, it is a very lovely NA engine, for nothing having VVL, torque coming on at an acceptable 4000 rpm, with the engine redlining at 7900 rpm, that’s half a rev range of fun here boys and girls. Put that power down with an LSD, and it should work very well in corners too. Should. Sadly, this Roma is a patient of chronic understeeritis. It is fast in a straight line for an NA vehicle though, and the comfort is live-able with.

Zenshi Kuma ZMD Plus
Girlfriend judgement
“Ohgod what happened to that car?? It looks squished? What’s going on with that car?..ITS BAYMAX IN CAR FORM! Baymax car…Are you satisfied with your care…in this car?”

Shromet Radiant Limited
Girlfriend judgement
“Ooooo…It’s a very posh lookin’ car, maybe it’s just the colour. The colour and the shape work well together”
One of the most powerful cars here, yet sadly needs a lot of turbo lag, and quite frankly, a weird torque curve to achieve this, it also understeers like a b*tch. The car is perfectly liveable with though. Sadly, with this tough competition, the power didn’t make up for the the understeer.

Sprinter 160 R
Girlfriend judgement
“…I’m not sure what to make of it? It’s kind of silver-y…gold? Not sure what else to make of this car”
Me: “Do you like how it looks?”
“It’s ok…I dont like like it, but it’s alright”
What a neat liveable engine, makes great power for an NA 1.8L engine too. Especially for how light this car is, 1150 kg, it is pretty nimble, and hell, the suspension can be harsh, but it is daily-able. The huge shame of this car is though, that its front tyres too, like to let go. Without any kind of TC or stability control it isn’t something I’d be comfortable with to let my gf drive though. Also, this is entirely subjective, but the looks didn’t work well for me: the rear end looked squished and the overall car looks like its still a concept car.

NCA CrossSport
Girlfriend judgement
“It looks like it could come alive at any moment…Transformers~! I didn’t expect the colour, it’s kind of…bronze? I don’t think it looks like a sportscar, it looks normal”

Girlfriend judgement
“Woha, wha, what is this colour? What happened to these headlights? It looks very angry. “Why did you make me this colour? Imma destroy you >=(””
To power or not to power, that is the question; Whether ‘tis nobler in the engine to sluggish. The slings and arrows of outrageous torque, or take arms with a sea of power. So much torque, but still only 120 hp, a huge shame, and another car that seems to have snuck into the hot hatch list, although with aggressive styling, but nothing else to separate it from its ordinary hatchback brethren.

Fahrzeugh CI MST
Girlfriend judgement
“Wooohaa, thats a bit of a weird shape, its a chubby car! Nice colour! It just looks a bit…bloated”
Oh this one does have a good amount of grunt for a tiny one, with a LOT of turbo lag though, but still with good fuel economy too. Its handling is quite good too, yet sadly in this harsh hot hatch world the lack of comfort and engine response didn’t put it above the rest of the heap. It does have damn neat suspension tech though, which was a nice surprise, especially at this price segment.

EcaMobile SmallBlind Sport
Girlfriend judgement
“This…is a bloated car but done in a good way, like it works, the shape. It has a lot more shape to it. I like the colour, maybe a bit too dark? I don’t know if it works well with the car per se? But it is a nice colour”
Neat little engine, could use some more power up top, but it does have acceptable turbo lag, and is very sweet to drive mid-range, and this suspension setup doesn’t break your back over every “why didn’t the government fix this yet” either. Sadly the car has an amazing love for letting its front end go. This is a great 6/10ths car, when driving swiftly, but not yet spiritedly, yet sadly when pushed hard this car falls apart.

Knuckle H-C
Girlfriend judgement
“Gollld, looks kinda steampunk, all the shapes of it, the wheels aswell, and the lights, unusual”
Me: “In a good way?”
“That’s the thing, I can’t decide if its in a good or bad way…not in a bad wayyy, it’s ok”

BM Berina 1.8T
Girlfriend judgement
“Ehhhm, maybe a bit too flat in the front, but it works well with the blue, it’s kind of like the ocean.”
Me: “But do you like how it looks?”
”Yeah, kinda…-ish…Dont hate meee”

Montes Arexis 2.0 RS
Girlfriend judgement
“It has a face! Eyes, a nose, and a mouth! It’s kind of angry I dont know what else to say, I just cant stop noticing the face, it could be part of a kid’s show with cars, “Lets all go for a race!””
Under the hood is a sweet 2.0L inline 4, with VVL, however, for a VVL engine the power output is a bit disappointing at 167 hp. But hell, it is a comfortable car to live with and it does have an LSD proving its sporting ambitions. Yet sadly, just like its cartoony sporting looks, it is a cartoon of a FWD sportscar: the front just lets go. In this harsh environment this car, although making for an astounding daily, just didn’t feel special enough to tickle my pickle.

Quark GT
Girlfriend judgement
“This car…I dont know how to react to it…It sort of looks sad? Like an evil car? Alien? This one has a face too, alien face, looks like a drawing of an alien to me”
This one was a difficult one to judge if it would make the cut or not. The engine has flat torque, and an output of 180 hp is good for a 1.6L, yet it is slightly laggy, but acceptable. Its size also made for good fuel economy of 5.9 L /100 km. The car also had on-rails-like handling, but due to the lack of an LSD it could understeer under power. As a full 5-seater is also is a great compact for established families. It is a great sensible choice, but with this harsh competition it just didn’t make the cut for the heart.

Conte Ataque S 3 Door
Girlfriend judgement
“Oooh, its like a beetle, like the actual bug beetle”
Looks like a beetle, has the heart of the Beatles. A nice mellow VVL 2.0L inline 4 gently carrying you through the rev range, but not with an incredible punch. It also is a spacious 3 door to daily, and even has an LSD. The handling however…understeers at 8/10th, the LSD prevents this disease from worsening, but on the edge you can feel the front giving up. Overall this is a very nice sporty hatch/coupe, but not hot enough to stand up to the other spice.

2009 Cavallera Kunai C
Girlfriend judgement
“Normal looking, not sports enough, got a nice nose”
Unlike what my girlfriend thought of the looks, the engine sure is sports enough. 242 hp torn right out of that 2 litre block with a turbo, not the most torque, but the thing sure as hell loves to rev, although having slight lag problems. But then sadly it didn’t work, oddly enough the car had some good weight to it, especially for its size, probably due to the AWD system, and in corners it fell apart due to understeer, which only got worse under power, less than with a FWD car, but its natural understeer comes through sadly enough.

Maesima Prova ST-R
Girlfriend judgement
“It’s the colour of tears, I like the shape of the car, and the colour”
Amazing looks, great engine, such great torque, but yet sadly I just couldn’t let it go through to the showdown. Despite it all, its grave FWD sin caught it out, perhaps even the biggest sinner of them all: the unholy understeer of death. Still regardless, a great muscle hatch, which has 5 full seats. A possibly great choice if you don’t like the bendies, but I do, so yeah sorry but no thanks.

RCM Mattawa Mosport
Girlfriend judgement
“car…very smooth, I like the wheels, it looks like it glows. I actually really like this one, orange is a nice colour, when used in the right way.”
My gf is a chav confirmed, but holy mother of torque, 293 Nm out of a 2 litre? This engine may “only” rev to 6400 rpm, but it sure packs a punch before doing so, 200 horseys. The car is comfortable too, makes a great daily, but it lacks an LSD. The car does handle quite well though, good ol’ “on rails” handling, but the inner front tyre can struggle for grip on a corner exit. Another one that just didn’t make the cut.

5-Door KR-R
Girlfriend judgement
“Interesting, it looks like a nighttime sort of car”
What a neat looking car, it does have a bit of turbo lag though, and is quite heavy for its size, perhaps due to the 3 full seats being crammed into its small back and the car being stuffed full of advanced safety tech, yet strangely enough with all its safety tech it doesn’t have stability control. Also something perfectly daily-able, but despite its LSD it too, loves understeer.

Armada Fore Eagle GTi
Girlfriend judgement
“Another orange one! It just looks like a robot”

JHW Sparrow GT
Girlfriend judgement
“Looks like an everyday car, just really happy. Hiii! I’m the best car in the world! How are ya?”
Has a neat little engine for not having VVL, but sadly another victim to the horrible understeet-it is disease. It is amazingly light for a 5 seater too, and it got DCT and a geared LSD! Sadly another one that just didn’t make the cut in the end.

FM Street GTi
Girlfriend judgement
“This is a quite unique looking car, in an unusual colour, and shape, in a good way, I like it”
It sure is unique looking, quite damn powerful for a 1.2L too, with 146 hp, sadly with almost race engine like turbo lag. It is super comfortable too, although it rolls a fair bit under hard cornering, and understeer, it understeers damn hard too. Yet, with premium interior, it is an amazing vehicle to drive to work, but it too, doesn’t even have traction control, with with huge turbo lag is a recipe for disaster in bad weather. In the end its understeer and turbo lag made it not get through the cut.

Famal Avance GTi
Girlfriend judgement
“Shiny~, like the crab in Moana, I like it”
This one’s engine is rather special, the lowest turbo lag so far of all turbocharged engines, making 180 hp out of a 2.0L, which is rather darn good considering the low amount of lag. But, its behavior is rather odd, until 4500 rpm it is a very rev happy creature, to then turn into a donkey that doesn’t want to go further down the rev range. Makes for a torque-y feel, but the sudden transition is rather odd. It is also a quite economical car with 5.9L/100 km, and perfectly liveable. Yet sadly, its mediocre LSD and understeery behavior make the car fall apart when pushed hard.

So yes, the following people’s entries will go through to the showdown:
Following soon.
But yeah, sorry guys, competition was really tight at moments, and hard decisions were made, in the end I chose the entries to go through that seemed most interesting to drive to me.