We took a Kumo around the Nordschleife
And we loved it! - Short Articles 1
car by @SpeedLife1
The 2016 model year Reizei Kumo Mk5 SE is currently still up for sale, even though we expect a facelift soon. The Exhaust Note team recently had the opportunity to take it for a drive around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. We also liked the looks of the Kumo we got to drive. The contrast between the pearl white paint and the gloss black alloy wheels is particularly attractive.
For those readers that do not know the Reizei Kumo, it is a Japanese light sports coupe, which we have reviewed positively in its segment in the past. The combination of low weight, a 188 horsepower 1864cc inline-4 Reizei KO5 engine, and a manual 6-speed gearbox make for a fun combination. The gearing is short, fun and spirited, and perferctly suits the rev-happy engine. You can easily let the engine go up to 5000 rpm while accelerating in daily use, which is just such a good feeling. Just imagine how great it is then around the track.
Our lap with the Kumo was over in less than 9 minutes and 30 seconds, but boy did we enjoy it. Apart from the nippy engine, the road feel at speed is great as well. The grippy sport compound tires and good weight balance of the Kumo make sure the car stays stable in the corners. And the corners are where the fun is; top speed was never a goal for Reizei in developing this version of the Kumo.
The most notable characteristics our lap throw at us were the incredibly reliable and performant brakes. We did not notice any fade whatsoever over our lap, and the temperature readings afterwards confirmed that these brakes can probably last hours at high load. The handling as mentioned before is spot on, although one needs to be careful over bumps when the load is taken off the rear wheels.
This is a nice addition to our full review, which already confirmed the Reizei Kumo as an enjoyable sports coupe that is very usable and economic for daily use. Downsides are the relatively bare interior - although by no means spartan - and the non-perfect crash test scores.
|Reizei Kumo Mk.5 SE|
|Displ.||1862 cc||Weight||1310 kg|
|Engine Type||DOHC 4V||Top Speed||208 km/h|
|Cylinders||I-4||0-100 km/h||6,62 s|
|Torque||217 Nm||100-0 km/h||35,73 m|
|Max RMP||8000||Avg. Econ.||5,3 l/100km|
|Drivetrain||RWD||Sticker Price||$ 41,329.99|