JA­PANESE TURBO JIBE FULL OF HOT AIR

Wheels (Australia) - - YOUR SAY -

LIKE PETER STEELE (Wheels, De­cem­ber 2019) I’m a 50-year vet­eran of the mag­a­zine, and I must de­fend my Ja­panese car mates against the slur that they refuse to get with the turbo ‘pro­gram’ in their small cars. Has Peter never heard of Mit­subishi, Subaru or Suzuki? Is the Suzy Swift not small enough? Mitsu had the Colt Ral­liart for a while.

The ‘pro­gram’ fol­lowed by the Ja­panese has been guided by the cold hard facts of costs ver­sus per­for­mance. There has been no lack of tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise in tur­bocharg­ing small mo­tors. But as an old fart, I still pre­fer the noise of a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated donk – al­though I must ad­mit to a short flir­ta­tion with a Turbo 300ZX.

John Roberts, Taringa, Qld

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