What is it? It’s a small, stripped-out two-seater, which Ginetta says has been designed let owners drive it to a racetrack at weekends, give it a good workout, and then drive home again.
The G40R will cost £29,950 when it goes on sale later this month.
What’s it like to drive? The G40R’s 175bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine is pretty much the same one you’ll find in a Mazda MX-5, but with an extra 15bhp and 370kg less weight to haul around. The car can blast from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph.
That makes the G40R quicker than a Lotus Elise – its closest natural rival – and because its engine is surprisingly flexible, you don’t need to thrash it to make rapid progress.
The steering has no power assistance and is phenomenally direct and accurate. Combined with a lively chassis and a slick six-speed gearbox, the Ginetta offers a rawer and more engaging driving experience than almost any other road car, although the heavy steering, clutch and brakes are a nuisance a low speeds.
A combination of a sports exhaust and practically no sound deadening make the cabin noisy at tickover and deafening at high revs, but this all adds to the experience when you’re in the mood – which you’ll need to be a lot of the time if you’re serious about buying a G40R.
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