The Honda S2000 is a light car, tipping the scales at just 1260kg. However, the 1.2-litre Polo weighs 1100kg. Sure, the Polo is a little down on power with 64bhp compared to the S2000’s 240, but thanks to the 160kg weight saving, it’s able to charge from 0-62mph in 14.9 seconds.
With five seats at his disposal rather than the S2000’s pair, Gabor can now give three more mates a ride than he was able to previously. The only problem is, he doesn’t have friends any more. Because he sold his S2000 for a Polo.
With the aforementioned power deficit, an S2000 is far quicker than a Polo, right? Not necessarily. If a Polo is travelling at 70mph, it will overtake an S2000 driving at 65. Mind = BLOWN.
Even a pared-back sports car like the S2000 has a few creature comforts and electric gizmos to play with. A base-spec 1.2-litre Polo? Other than the handy map reading light, there’s very little to distract you from the task of driving. It’s just you, a steering wheel and 64 rampant horses being sent to the front boots.
This particular Polo has three doors. It has a three-cylinder engine. It has triangles in the VW logo. In third gear it can do 60mph; 60 ÷ 10 ÷ 2 = three.
Coincidence? I think not.