Mini Coupe v Peugeot RCZ v Audi TT
Does the new baseball-capped coupe rekindle the Mini mojo? Sam Philip reports...
Posted: 08 Nov 2011
The roads of the North Yorkshire Moors are a chassis engineer’s nightmare. Narrow, surfaced with a grim patchwork of crudely stitched bitumen, endlessly buckled and cambered, they subject every aspect of a car’s suspension to a waterboarding-style interrogation. Threading along these unforgiving tracks requires a healthy dose of concentration and, if you want to make rapid progress, some mild bravery.
There’s no telling what
you’ll find mid-corner: a devious pothole, a six-inch-high crease of tarmac, a pile of gravel or, most probably, a dopey sheep eyeing its impending death with
baleful gloom. Climbing through
scrubby pastures and riotous purple heather onto the lonely sweep
of Blakey Ridge, the Mini is indeed involving.