The battle of the sub 1.0-litre hatches
So. Which of these tiny-engined pups serves up the biggest thrills? Top Gear finds out…
Posted: 29 May 2013
Merc SLS Black? Pedestrian. Bentley GT Speed? A trundler. If you want to feel true, face-bending pace, join us on a chilly, bumpy B-road in this pair of reasonably priced superminis, a pair with six cylinders and not two litres of engine between them, a pair that barely top 100mph. This, right here, is real speed.
You know this is true. Like a Cornish wedding, speed is relative. Mathematical speed, distance over time, isn't the same as going fast. Bloody-hell-that-felt-quick can't be measured in miles per hour. Which feels faster: cruising at 550mph on a Boeing 747 while watching Adam Sandler's latest atrocity, or hurtling down an icy hill at 30mph on a rusty bike?
Words: Sam Philip
Pics: Dom Romney
This feature first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Top Gear magazine