Two-litre ter­rors: New Zealand’s stash of ’90s tour­ing cars

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Although penned by the lads over at our sis­ter ti­tle,

NZ Per­for­mance Car, this ex­posé into the world of ’90s-era tour­ing cars is a cracker read. From 1992 to 2000, the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship res­onated to the sound of scream­ing nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 2.0-litres. With a grow­ing num­ber of these su­per tour­ers end­ing up in New Zealand, the lads took a look at five of the best on our shores: Tony Longhurst’s Ben­son and Hedges BMW 318i (E36), a re­cently re­stored ’96 CET Rep­sol Nis­san Primera (P10), Bri­tish driver Kelvin Burt’s ’97 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship (BTCC) Volvo S40, the ex–rickard Ry­dell Pro­drive-built Mon­deo V6, and the Nis­san Primera P11 driven by the most prom­i­nent of the in­de­pen­dent driv­ers in the BTCC, Matt Neal, who spent the su­per-tour­ing years largely driv­ing for his fa­ther’s Team Dy­nam­ics out­fit.

To read much, much more, search ‘Two-litre ter­rors’ on The Mo­tor­hood.

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