You have to love the Brits because if our ears serve us correctly, well, then ...
You have to love the Brits because if our ears serve us correctly, well, then Vicki Butler-Henderson can be heard calling the Mk3 Toyota MR2, the (very) not for America Smart Brabus Roadster, the series II Lotus Elise cheeky pups.
Small and cheeky as they may be, and Butler-Henderson is using this trio to convince us that it is indeed possible to own the car that’s as fun as the McLaren without forking six-figure sums of cash over to the exotic car dealership for the privilege.
Okay so maybe the McLaren is the smidgen more powerful, boasting the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 making anywhere between 533 and 727 hp compared to the Toyota’s 1.8-liter inline-four, the nearly identical version of that engine inside the Lotus, and the almost laughable 0.7-liter three-cylinder engine for a Smart Roadster.
At least that gets supplemented by the turbocharger that’s kept in good shape by the intercooler. Butler-Henderson proposes using each of the three as the McLaren replacement, the sort of placeholder for those who haven’t struck the lottery yet and need the fun car to hold them over in the meantime.
Each of the three have their engines in a midsection, send power to the rear wheels, can have their tops removed in order to better enjoy a scenery speeding by around them.
Each is also considerably cheaper, and its hard to find an example without the bit of mileage on the clock, to which Butler-Henderson answers by going over a common issues to look for as well as how to remedy them.
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