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0-60 time: 0-28 6.1secs

MPG / LPG: Economy Unlimited

We traditionally insist on our carrying the RS badge — the seal of an adrenaline-triggering drive. But this latest release the forward-thinking French firm’s tradition has been thrown out the And it’s a very large, window in this case

The Twizy — pronounced in a mash-up of the words “twin” and — has finally arrived, in the at AskMen HQ, to countless gawps, expressions and Olympic-sized smiles. it comes to head-turns per pound, Twizy is in a little league of its

But is this the future? Is this we’ll all be hurtling to work in 2013? You can’t deny the is brilliant, but in the cold light of a summer’s day, does utterly oddball “quadricycle,” as official vehicular called,

Or does it just leave you like that weirdo the road who bought a Sinclair C5 you were a kid?

We silently away for a week at the wheel of the world’s most illegitimate of to weigh those things up.

despite its miniscule proportions and lack of a combustion engine, much to be said with to performance. Firstly there is no time, because it won’t do 60 50 mph is the max when flat-out, and that’s as well as forwards.

And secondly, power output is a 17hp — although the surge of electric torque you can keep up easily with traffic if not pull off any breathtaking moves.

A full charge get you an “urban range” of roughly 60 but factor in the obligatory heavy and few fast A-roads and you’ll be at a reality in the region of about that.

Boosting the battery is via a useful three-pin plug uncoils from a small in the front and takes around hours. But the battery is only leased; you never actually own it, buying the car outright, and this to around £50 a month.

Strangely enough, the ride is And while it might not carry a badge, the racing arm of Renault has put the in, largely in the suspension set-up, a firm, enthusiastic ride happily bowls around and grips with surprising The unassisted steering is also of a mention.

It’s appealingly engaging and unlike any of its super-light car rivals.

To the closed-minded, the open-windowed, tiny may resemble something between a scooter and a slightly camp But embrace it for what is (a cost-effective at the future of city travel for roll with it a while, and guaranteed (in good weather) to win you and make you smile.

But, be It’s not for shy types. The Twizy vastly more attention any six-figure GT right now.

13” rims on amusingly rubber assume the extreme of the ride’s impossibly compact 2.3 frame while the space-age in its basic form, is completely McLaren-style scissor doors are a option, as is Bluetooth at £270, but no radio, or windows (at least at the for any amount of money.


The minimal cabin effectively of two buttons (drive and reverse), a Renault steering wheel, a two dash-mounted glove boxes and speedo with an unmissable charge graphic. But best of in yet another similarity to the supercar McLaren — this the iconic McLaren F1 — the sits directly in the middle, passenger in pillion.

Ultimately the Twizy is brilliant but flawed. not the answer perhaps Renault was it could be, but, to a niche of low extroverts who don’t fear the damp British weather, unquestionably one of the most enjoyable and four-wheeled ways to go.

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