R is at all times a pleasant letter, a minimum of in motoring phrases. Suppose Golf R, Scirocco R and this: RCZ R. The straightforward addition of the 18th letter of the alphabet, plus a number of important tweaks, reworked the gorgeous Peugeot right into a record-breaking tearaway.
Report-breaking? With 266bhp on faucet, the R’s 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine was essentially the most highly effective road-going 1.6 on the planet. Torque was a strong 243lb ft at 1900rpm. The outcome: Zero-62mph in 5.9sec.
In order that was the straights sorted, however within the corners, the R was additionally spectacular, because of stiffened suspension, uprated dampers and thicker anti-roll bars. It sat 10mm decrease than the usual automotive, too, and had wider tracks entrance and rear – modifications that made the jelly-mould motor seem extra purposeful.
However it didn’t end there. In the event you had been a bit heavy along with your dimension nines, a brand new Torsen differential made positive the entrance wheels behaved themselves. The RCZ R was undeniably fast, however it was additionally enjoyable, partaking and brimful of character.
New, it price a bullish £31,995. Bullish as a result of, properly, it was a Peugeot, in addition to being a late arrival on the coupé social gathering. Nonetheless, there was no denying its talents, and, as a result of Peugeot restricted provides, it has acquired a cult standing.
Used ones hardly ever come up on the market, and after they do, they’re snapped up. We all know as a result of we featured an area seller’s instance in our purchasing information on the RCZ R, and the day the magazine went on sale, a chap walked on to the forecourt clutching the difficulty and purchased it. Mainly, the probabilities of us shopping for the RCZ R featured right here earlier than another person are slim.
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Aston Martin Rapide, £38,000: An eight-year-old V12 Aston with full Aston Martin service historical past, an affordable 59,000 miles, 4 brand-new premium tyres and in the precise colors inside and outside. Okay, it’s a five-door hatch, however that solely makes it simpler to get previous your higher half. What’s extra, it nonetheless drives and appears each inch an Aston Martin.
Rover Mini Balmoral 1.three, £6495: Granted, it’s steep for a non-Cooper Mini, however this outdated woman is contemporary from Japan with one proprietor within the logbook and 43,000 miles on the odometer. Crucially, it’s rust-free and in authentic situation. The Balmoral has engaging pepper pot-style alloys and Burberry-style trim – and extra forgiving suspension than the Cooper.
Renault Zoe, £4995: You probably have a brief commute, a used Renault Zoe makes a deal of sense. You possibly can decide up 2016-reg automobiles with 25,000 miles from simply £5500, however our eye was caught by this £4995 2013 Dynamique Zen with 13,500 miles. Battery rental is further, although; somebody driving 10,000 miles a 12 months would pay £89 per 30 days.
Lincoln Navigator, £26,340: It’s brash, it’s cheesy, it’s left-hand drive – it’s an unregistered Lincoln Navigator for £26,340, about £20okay lower than a brand new Ford Edge Vignale. Options embody energetic parking, a surround-view digicam and uprated audio, and Zero-62mph takes simply 5.8sec. It’s the outdated third-generation mannequin and a handful on slender streets, however what larks!
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Volkswagen Golf TDI GT: Based on Statistica (a statistics firm, surprisingly), the common annual mileage of a diesel automotive throughout all of the ages it surveyed is 11,000 miles. That being so, it’s truthful to say that the 2001 diesel Golf GT that had 355,000 miles underneath its wheels and was knocked out at public sale for £210 not too long ago was a high-miler.
To have been thought-about common mileage, it could have executed 187,000 miles. Not that anybody would have described it as such. As an alternative, something over 100,000 miles is routinely described as excessive mileage and to be averted. Not less than one Golf purchaser wasn’t fazed.
Get it when you can:
Suzuki Jimny SZ4 - Worth new £14,299. Worth now £15,999: Who would consider it? Practically new Jimnys seem like costlier than new ones had been earlier than they bought out, forward of the all-new mannequin coming early subsequent 12 months. The £15,999 quoted right here pertains to a 67-reg SZ4 with 7746 miles at a Suzuki seller. It has metallic paint and a few good alloy wheels however is in any other case customary. The all-new mannequin will price from round £16,000 and is, says our tester who reviewed it, “succesful, assured and totally compelling”. ‘Get it when it arrives’ could be our recommendation, though there's a lengthy ready checklist.
Conflict of the classifieds:
Transient: I’m a household man who likes efficiency however doesn’t prefer to shout about it, so discover me a severe Q automotive for £15,000.
Skoda Octavia Property 2.Zero TFSI vRS - £14,495: There was a time whenever you had to surrender on sports activities automobiles as soon as youngsters got here alongside. Then the Skoda Octavia vRS property arrived and the parenting world collectively sighed in reduction. Actually, which dad or mum wouldn’t want a gargantuan property with tons of rear leg house that may additionally hit 62mph in 6.8sec and prime out at 154mph? That this 2013, 46,000-mile instance may be had for a mere £14,495 simply goes to indicate what a great-value household automotive the Octavia vRS property is. MAX ADAMS
Audi RS4 - £13,995: Vehicles like this beautiful Audi RS4 show that efficiency motoring and household commitments will not be incompatible. Its fantastic 420bhp four.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 is punchy sufficient to push this understated household four-door from Zero-62mph in four.8sec and on to a ruled 155mph. It sticks like glue and handles like a hero (quattro, natch), and you may boot it 'around the Nordschleife or potter to Tesco. This totally loaded honey is a real discount at £14okay. MARK PEARSON
Verdict: To hell with understatement. I would like that deliciously alloyed, electrical blue Audi RS4 – and I don’t care who is aware of about it.
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