Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mitsubishi i: A K-car for the UK that is A-OK

June 13, 2007
Mitsubishi's latest arrival on the British market, the i, is small but beautifully formed, and, with a top speed of 80mph, is the perfect town car, says Sean O'Grady
Price: £9,084
Engine: 660cc, three-cylinder, turbo-charger/intercooler with variable valve timing develops 57bhp at 6,000rpm.
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Performance: 84mph; 0 to 62mph in 14.9 seconds; approx 54mpg
C02: 114g/km

The i seems friendly from the outside, and it feels cosy on the inside. The car, its maker tells us, "is the first Japanese car to use Oeko-Tex standard 100 certified hypoallergenic seat fabric", whatever that is, and I'm sure it complements perfectly the car's deodorant roof- lining (no joke). Not that you'll be perspiring much, thanks to the efficient air-conditioning system.
Mechanically, it is also just as clever and advanced. There's an aluminium space-frame structure (just like a Rolls- Royce), de Dion rear suspension (just like in the best Alpha Romeos) and electric steering (like a BMW).

Read full article here.

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