Suddenly, sports cars are here again. Not trumped-up shopping trolleys, super-fast coupes or chop-top saloons, but real, follicle-wrenching rag-tops to succeed the MGB, the Triumph TRs, the Elan and the Spiders from Fiat and Alfa. Rorty, soft-roof two-seaters with their low-set, legs-ahead driving stance, spring-loaded throttle response, ultra-quick steering and that bundle of compromises familiar to anyone who’s spent a week of winter behind the wheel of an MGB. That’s what you expect of cars like this, at least. These are our last memories of a strain of car whose development stopped a decade ago, when two-seat sportsters were overtaken by economies of scale, mass marketability and hordes of GTIs. But now, 10 years on, we’ve a right to expect more. Vastly improved dynamics, better reliability and superior convenience are just some of the desirables. So are decent styling and entertainment value — these, more than anything else. We already know from previous drives that the Lotus Elan, Mazda MX-5 Miata, BMW Z1 and TVR S promise these qualities. But after a week and thousands of miles we know that they deliver far more than that.They’re technically compelling, an important element in the sportster’s appeal. They fascinate like no tin-top does, not… Read full this story
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