Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Micra R Is Quick off Mark

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Micra R Is Quick off Mark

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Byline: By Steve Hughes

I don't think it is too unkind to describe the appearance of Nissan's miniature Micra as, er, a mite odd.

I'm not saying that it is exactly funny looking, but just like the Ford Ka, its what you might call distinctive.

Just imagine how really wacky it would be stuffed with a turbocharged engine giving it 150mph potential.

The concept of a Micra that is quicker off the mark than a Ferrari may seem laughable, but that is precisely what is now available.

The pounds 50,000 Nissan Micra R was put through its paces this week, and recorded a remarkable 0-60mph acceleration time of just five seconds.

Whether or not it actually goes on general release remains to be seen, but it highlights the growing interest in sporty cars, an increasing number of which are leading to one-make race series.

This is where drivers of identical production cars test their skills against each other at circuits throughout the UK.

Mazda started a series earlier this year especially for women, and this week it was announced that there is to be a special series for the new Works Mini Cooper S next year.

Indeed, there have been quite a few important motoring announcements this week, not least of which is the introduction of laws banning hand-held mobiles by drivers.

Pity the poor car companies, who appear not to be able to do right for doing wrong.

They have been roundly criticised for ``cashing in" on the new legislation by promoting their hands-free kits.

According to those who want phones in cars outlawed completely, anyone who offers hands-free kits for sale should be charged with contributory negligence in the event of an accident.

It is a point of view, albeit a barmy one, but seems to have the backing of some police forces. They have conceded what most of us have believed for some time - that it is hypocritical to prosecute drivers for talking on the phone whilst driving, if they can do the same whilst sometimes driving at very high speeds to emergencies. …

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