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The AX is probably the lightest, and has a decent engine, the Suzuki is tres rapide and it would be a shoot out between the other three. Ive raced a few Nova SRis, some have been crap others have given me a pasting.
Its the Nova GTe and GSi that are remotely warm: the SRi would have trouble out-dragging a 1.2 Clio.
Is the Swift GTis 1.3s engine NA or forced induction? It seems to have good figures: 0-60 in 8.7, 30-70 in 8.6 and a top whack of 114mph, which is pretty even with a Mk1 Clio RSi or the AX GT. The Corsas, Nova and Clio RT are progressively slower. Sorry, but the RT would be beat in this line up (maybe not by the Nova SRi with its weedy engine).
But, the Swift GTi is poor on handling and deservedly rare and the Vauxhalls are very inert handling cars besides looking crap. The AX GT is almost the quickest in a straight line, but has massively better feedback and control than the others (as will an RT if you drop it). Oddly enough, the Renault is the best built of these cars!
disagree with the SRi having trouble outdragging a 1.2 clio - earlier 1.4 8valvers would have problems against a well driven 1.2 16v however the later 16valver SRis and all the 1.4 sports ( which were all 16v ) could hit 60 in low 10s.
yeh, Ive only been in the RT and AX GT, i reckon AX would beat the RT, suzuki is in a different league with stats like that. Novas are so varied, all depends how they have been treated i reckon, but a good SRI would prob beat a RT but not an AX gt, they are both very light, corsa and clio would be a good one.
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i raced one ages ago that matched me from about 30 to 80 gulp that hurt, he said it was standard, however i think it was nos, cos ive raced a couple of his mates and wasted them, although is it true you can fit a 1.8 bottom end or summat to them? theres no way it was standard, these guys are swift freaks so i doubt the leave them alone. in fact a lad i know has just bought one cos iv seen him twice in it. when i see him ill lay down the challenge, although it will have to be in the saxo
dunno, but the 1.3 bottom end i where it gets that insane RPM and i oudnt change it.
but i saw one at coomb with TBs and it was teh sexiest, and i mean THE sexiest sounding car out there. agains all teh minis, ferraris, cossies westies etc etc.......just mad....and it was DAMN rapidooooooooooo to!