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Posted: 18 Jan 2011
It handles like the future, too. It has an ally chassis clothed in ally body panels, so it's much lighter than its main rivals. This isn't just one of those idle bits of information, it's something you actively experience as you hustle along - it handles very sweetly indeed, and though it leans a bit as you commit to a fast corner for the first time, it checks any further body roll. Only when you get stupidly ambitious with it is there the tiniest murmur of complaint, but dynamically it's still way ahead of the German big guns. Because it weighs a lot less, several hundred kilos less in some cases.
The various engines and transmission are also sublime. The 3.0 twin-turbodiesel has 443lb ft of torque at 2,000rpm, which is one of those stats we've all got used to, but that remains strangely magical nevertheless. It'll average about 35mpg.