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Re: Boxer or twinspark 145
OK - That issue of CAR was in the house and not stored away. Not a Giant Test. A 4 page piece by John Simister, it's the March 1997 issue - collage cover with 'Cars you must drive before you die' headline.
145 1.8 versus Ibiza 2.0 GTi 16V versus Rover 200Vi.
I'll summarise, they say good bye to old flat four, paying homage, saying emissions and capacity stretches killed it.
'The TS rasps and fizzes with the best of them - it's '97 quiet but the timbre is untarnished and it spins more smoothly than the big bore flat four did.'
'Revs the hardest here, all the way to 7300, highest top speed and gets there with some pep'
'Motor is as sweet as larger one, even without balancer shafts, and the gearchange is as snick-slick as the old 145's was crunch-curse'
Says other 2 faster, due to lightness and more powerful.
'After the Rover the Alfa feels so planted it could have taken root.' - says much quicker to respond than the Rover - says Ibiza gives a better real time picture of what's happening under the tyres.
It says the PAS of the Alfa denies it the communication of the Seat, but the traction of the Seat not as reliable as that of the Alfa.
Their conclusion kind of sits on the hedge. They compare the Ibiza to the Mk1 Golf GTi and the Clio Williams, but they say
'The most intriguing and ultimately most satisfying is the 145 1.8 TS, the car that finally defines what the 145 was always meant to have been.' They praise the build quality and refinement compared to the previous 2.0 Cloverleaf they tested.
Then they end with if you decided to go for the Ibiza, we'd understand and you wouldn't be disappointed.
On page 78 at the top of the page taking 2 RH columns nearest the spine they have a head on frontal shot of the 145 with roads, fields and sunset behind it with the caption
'145 versus old one is night-and-day on the twists. But steering's mute.'
I hope that makes sense - sorry if it lost anything in the editing.