<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Pete:
<strong>People have often mentioned the SZ ES30 on this site as their dream car.But I know very little about what they are like to own or drive.
I know you have one Ravi,could you enlighten us?
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sorry Pete - I just read this.
Err well where to start?
Fistly SZ's are probably as fast as you would think - probably a new GTV is a little quicker.
2 people who didn't know what the car was told me they thought it had about 300bhp (based on the looks)
Handling in the dry is fantastic, even a normal driver like myself starts trying power drifts out of roundabouts. Compared to say these jap rally cars, the suspension is fairly soft - think small GT car.
When it's wet - well you better take it easy, as the traction at the back is easily broken = sideway moment!
The engine noise is awesome (as you'd expect!)
Brakes are poor, though they get better when really used hard - but personally I would like a more road friendly set-up. However, this could be fixed with some larger Brembos.
As too the looks:
Well let's say that if you flew down the street in a UFO, you wouldn't turn more heads!
People either seem to like the looks or they say 'er, it's different!'
Overall - I love the car and hope I never have to sell it!
If I had the money I would get another - keep one mint, and improve the other by:
Bigger Brakes - I think some owners put 4 pot 320mm Brembos on the front.
More power/torque - probably 3.5 litre mod and maybe 24V heads. Not too keen on the Autodelta supercharger - but may be that is the only way to get real grunt.
Possibly stiffer anti-roll bar.
May be a few tweaks to try to improve wet handling.