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Autocar writers’ vehicles of 2021: Caterham 170 R | Autocar

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Some choose the Ford engines, however I completely love the cartoon turbo noises that the Suzuki triple makes. Every little thing you do with the accelerator is accompanied by a special flavour of whoosh, chirrup or chuff. The carburettor-like snort you bought from the throttle our bodies within the now-discontinued Tremendous Seven actually has its enchantment, however the 170 demonstrates how turbos could be a function fairly than one thing sucking all of the character out of an engine.

My colleagues put it ninth (out of 11) at Britain’s Finest Driver’s Automotive (aka Dealing with Day), and given that stage was set on quiet Welsh roads and an empty monitor, I can see why. Nonetheless, for a Sunday blast on native roads, few issues are as entertaining because the little Caterham. I drove it 300 miles again from North Wales, and though that wasn’t an excellent expertise, it will have been considerably improved if it had been the 170 S, with regular seats and belts, fairly than the harnesses and buckets within the 170 R. Pertinently, it hardly dented my appreciation for the 170 and an extended journey to get to a fantastic driving vacation spot wouldn’t hassle me.

Within the different function, within the journal, about our vehicles of the 12 months, I selected the Alpine A110 Légende GT. I stand by that: it’s extra full and I might fortunately run it as my solely automobile, however so far as memorable experiences go, the Caterham is difficult to beat.


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