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
And secondly because supercars are too fast, too capable for real roads. Honestly, show me the driver who can use a Ferrari 458's 562bhp for more than a few seconds at a time on a real-world country lane, with its real-world holes and real-world stone walls and real-world cars coming the other way (not to mention real-world traffic cops with real-world custodial sentences), and I'll show you a pro racing driver or a liar. For us honest mortals, trying to exploit a supercar on British lanes is like petting a ravenous grizzly: the occasional hesitant prod followed by long periods of trying not to draw attention to yourself.
But dragging a car of modest horsepower to its very limits, carrying speed through corners in the knowledge that you can squeeze past the inevitable Audi Q7 hiding behind, that's fast. That's the stuff that smears a smile across your face, the stuff that plugs you into the very essence of driving. Man and machine in slow, tinny harmony: call it the Budget Rental Theory. You don't even need a litre of displacement to have a good time.