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18 Jun 2003

THIS is no sports car, being based on a Starlet-like model unseen here. So its front-drive platform is more shopping-car than driver's delight, as is a 74kW 1.5 engine. All show and not much go, the Paseo is nothing more than a less practical light car wearing reasonably sporty clothes. Not for enthusiasts.

NISSAN NX 2D COUPE (1991-1996)
SPORTY looking NX coupe has a "targa" roof with removable glass panels. Interior space provides two-plus-two seating. All aluminium, 2.0-litre, 16-valve engine has power output of 105kW which makes the NX a good performer. Standard equipment includes power steering.

SMART looking Honda Integra has more interior space than its rivals. Twin cam, 16-valve, 1.8-litre engine produces 96kW, raised to 103kW from 1992, which gives the Integra performance to match the Nissan NX. Generous equipment list includes sunroof.

THE 86kW 1.8 engine provides good performance, just short of Integra and Nissan NX. Equipment level is comparable to S Coupe minus power steering but overall the Lancer is good value for money. The Proton M21 Coupe from the late 1990s was a Malaysian-built version of this car, so (please) consider as well.

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