TG Speed Week: the Scotland Showdown
We’ve got two days in Scotland to reach a definitive verdict on our favourite performance car. Time to loch and load...
Posted: 31 Aug 2012
SP: Is haggis liquid? Anyhow, this could be tough, because it's been a magnificent 48 hours on the edge of Britain. We have exhausted TG's petrol kitty. I am entirely sunburnt. So I hate to start on a negative note, but let's dispense with the car that came last in everyone's rankings, apart from yours. The Radical, Mr Marriage. We made you drive it to the top of Scotland in a single go, through the night, just to force you to concede that it's a silly vehicle...
OM: I concede. The SR3 SL is completely daft, spectacularly compromised in almost every way. But, just because a car isn't technically perfect doesn't mean it can't be a lot of fun.
SP: The showers in our austerity-spec hotel aren't technically perfect, but they're not fun. They're just scaldy. Similarly the Radical. It's about as much fun as anaesthetic-free dentistry.
OM: Not so. The drive up here in the Radical was one of the most unforgettable things I've ever done in a car. And not just because of the pain and deafness involved. A great car should be memorable, and you recall driving this one in lumino-green, Technicolor detail.