Sirion – Fast, Frugal and From Only £7,995 OTR
The Sirion offers a strong blend of performance, economy and practicality. The 102 PS 1.3 litre model, for example, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 9.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 112 mph, yet is still capable of more than 60 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle.
There are eight models in the Sirion range, from the super-frugal 1.0 litre Auto and 1.0 litre Deluxe, just £7,995 OTR and £8,495 on-the-road respectively, to the 1.3 litre Sirion Rally4, with 108PS and permanent four-wheel drive, at only £10,995 OTR.
Equipment-wise, all models come fitted with a CD Tuner, electrically operated door mirrors, power steering, front and rear electric windows and central locking, among many other items.
As for safety, every Sirion features driver and passenger airbags, side impact protection beams, energy absorbing steering column, front seatbelt pretensioners, and full impact safety system, which in the event of an impact, turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and activates the hazard warning lights and interior lights.
YRV Turbo 130
Daihatsu’s YRV Turbo 130 can lay claim to being the UK’s most powerful 1.3 litre car. It went on sale in May priced at only £10,995 on-the-road, despite an extensive equipment list, which includes a steering wheel-mounted gear change.
This is the Turbo 130’s first official showing since it went on sale. And it has seen several visual and technical transformations between its first appearance at the 2002 British International Motor Show and its sales launch, including the addition of twin exhaust pipes, gear-change indication lights, a leather steering wheel, gear lever and gaiter and red-backed Daihatsu bonnet and tailgate badges.
The Turbo 130 combines blistering performance with excellent fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions. Maximum power is 129 PS at 6,400 rpm while the 125.4 lb ft of torque is similar to an advanced 1.8 litre car and is achieved at an especially low 2,800 rpm.
This results in rapid acceleration – 0-60 mph, for example, takes 8.1 seconds – coupled to excellent flexibility, refinement and fuel economy as the strong torque allows high gearing.
All YRVs feature a 1,298 cc all-alloy four-cylinder 16-valve twin overhead camshaft petrol engine with DVVT – Dynamic Variable Valve Timing. The Turbo 130’s has been coupled to a lightweight, fast-response turbo with intercooler.
The Turbo 130’s automatic transmission has also been specially adapted to suit the characteristics of the turbocharger. Steering-wheel-mounted, ‘+’ and ‘-’ finger-operated buttons enable the driver to make manual changes up or down.
Alternatively, the driver can forget about changing gear altogether by selecting the fully automatic ‘Drive’ option on the conventional floor-mounted shift lever.Published 10 November 2003