Matt Prior
14 October 2011

What is it?

The Ginetta G60 is the second reason we’ve driven a new Ginetta road car in as many months; the first being the little Ginetta G40 R track-focused coupe.

The G60 is a bigger car but with fewer sales ambitions to go with its £68,000 price. Only around 50 a year will roll from Ginetta’s Yorkshire factory.

That it’s made in Garforth is a geographical change from when Ginetta bought Bath-based Farbio cars and this design with it, and it reflects the level of re-engineering the car has been through.

It’s still carbon-fibre tubbed and bodied, but everything from the front number plate backwards has had a rework in becoming the G60, to the extent that I wonder if it would have been easier to just design an entirely new car. “It probably would,” admits Ginetta’s boss Lawrence Tomlinson, “but then we wouldn’t have done it.” Saving what was a great looking – and decent driving – mid-engined sports car was the motivation behind it.

The G60 then, which goes into full production early next year, now weighs just 1080kg, about 400kg less than the Farbio. Power is from a 3.7-litre Ford V6, making 310bhp at 6500rpm, and revving out to 7000. There’s no ABS, traction control, power steering or servo assisted brakes; so although daily usable, you can infer that a G60 is likely to be a pretty hardcore machine compared to the traditional opposition. Our test car was a leggy pre-production prototype, but the basics of it were right.

What’s it like?

Very promising. Fundamentally there’s lots going right with the G60. Significant among them are the way it looks and feels; it’s a well proportioned car and two static examples, unveiled just before our drive, look very well finished. The cabin layout is tidy and there’s a particularly nice central touch-screen to handle the entertainment and air-con systems.

There’s not too much wrong with the driving position that slightly more space around the throttle wouldn’t fix, either. It’s pretty easy to feel comfortable in the G60.

It’s the fundamentals that are right about most other things, too. It’s impossible to properly gauge the way a car rides when you’ve only got a recently surfaced race track for company, but ride over the odd kerb and the G60 seems to have that well-damped, firm yet supple set-up, while maintaining very tight control of its body; that’s the hallmark of a properly sorted sports car.

It certainly sounds and goes like one. The V6 makes a proper yelp on full throttle, better than the one Lotus gets from its Toyota unit, and the G60 takes off down Silverstone’s straights at, I’d say, easily Aston V8 matching pace. The claim is a 0-60mph time of 4.9sec, which is feasible, as is the 165mph top end. Yet the engine note is suitably restrained should you back off, throttle response is linear and the gearshift positive: Ginetta wants the G60 to be a car you can use every day and, on this evidence, it is.

There are a few edges still to smooth out. The steering geometry isn’t yet optimised for the unassisted rack, so it weights up very quickly and is overly heavy once you’ve got some load in the tyres off straight ahead. Feel is excellent, but it will overall be made lighter – there’s less weight over the front wheels than in a G40 R so making it easier to steer shouldn’t be a problem.

The brakes, too, will be given more initial bite; at the moment they want a race car push, give it to them and they’ll lose the speed they ought to. What needs sorting is only really finessing, though – basically the dynamics are extremely well sorted. The G60 grips like stink and telegraphs messages about what the chassis is doing superbly well. In its focus I suppose it sits somewhere between a Porsche Cayman R and a 911 GT3; louder and rawer than one, but less extreme than the other.

Should I buy one?

Quite possibly; already the G60 is a compelling machine. You’d have to make a few compromises, of course. When you buy a hand-built car and that’s one of only 50 a year that’ll roll from the factory, it’s inevitable that you’re not talking about quite the same thing as one that emerges in the tens of thousands. The G60 is no better nor worse for that, it’s just different. And in this case, different definitely has its appeal.

Ginetta G60

Price: £68,000; Top speed: 165mph; 0-60mph: 4.9sec; Economy: 31mpg (tbc); CO2: tbc; Kerbweight: 1080kg; Engine: 3727cc, V6, petrol; Installation: Mid, transverse, rwd; Power: 310bhp at 6500rpm; Torque: 288lb ft at 4500rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

Nice initial review. Ironically I bet the Ginetta carbon structure will do better in most crashes than the 911 or the Cayman. Hows that for meeting the regs. Carbon works! j

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

jl4069 wrote:

Nice initial review. Ironically I bet the Ginetta carbon structure will do better in most crashes than the 911 or the Cayman. Hows that for meeting the regs. Carbon works! j

Crikey! You read the review and commented in one minute. By any chance are you that bloke who skim read the whole of one of the Harry Potter books a couple of hours after it was released? I think we all know your superpower.

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

Fidji,

Actually if you know me I try to dumb down the grammar, spelling, and general organization of my thoughts; or even miss whole words outright. I try to gets points across with as minimal an effort as I possibly can, due to the fact that Autocar are the most dogmatic (and what that imply's) organization of men I've come across- except the staff at evo and car of course! Yea I can read fast, but not aspy fast. j

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

Nice, very nice indeed.

This car and the company as a whole does have the "feel" of a mini Lotus in the good old days. I would certainly say if this car had been launched 4-5 years ago the sales figures would have been a little pessimistic.

No, it may not be finished as well as the main stream equipment but in all honesty that would be one of the charms for me. This appears to be a car you can work with, rather than just own.

It deserves to do well.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

DKW

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

I'd imagine the cabin finish on the prototype is far from perfect, but looking at the interior photo I'd say it looks more promising than the Evora, at the same price point and less weight.

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

I'd have one in a gloss black, I like the simple interior and the removal of most of the driving aids but where on earth did they save 400kgs?

DKW

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

sputnik wrote:
where on earth did they save 400kgs?
You're right to raise an incredulous eyebrow. The short answer is they didn't, it's actually 30 Kgs heavier, though now with a 3.7 rather than a 3.0. There never were any driver aids, apart from an option of traction control. From Autocar's own Dec '07 review of the Farbio: 'The Farbio GTS comes in two guises, the normally aspirated 262bhp version we tested, and a £10,000 more expensive supercharged model whose 384bhp is accompanied by extra airscoops, an intercooler, trickier tyres and traction control. The base car weighs only 1050kg'

TBC

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

Ginetta seem to have taken Colin Chapman's philosophy to heart, to make it simple and light; on current showing, the company deserves to prosper and grow.

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

DKW wrote:
sputnik wrote:
where on earth did they save 400kgs?
You're right to raise an incredulous eyebrow. The short answer is they didn'

exactly. Removing 400kg from a car is, I would say, impossible. If Ginetta have found a way to do it then there will any number of major OEMs knocking on the door wanting to know how to achieve the 'holy grail'. And 400kg from a 1500kg car? come on. Even a non-engineer should be able to see that this is nonsene. A 40kg reduction would be credible and probably acheivable with a lot of hard work.

nonetheless, the car looks great and sounds like it delivers. Hope it succeeds. If was in that market it would certainly be on a shortlist.

Re: Ginetta G60 Coupe

3 years 1 week ago

curious_insider wrote:
A 40kg reduction would be credible and probably acheivable with a lot of hard work.
I did say before that it could well be 40kgs and not 400kgs, a simple mistype from Ginetta.
sputnik wrote:

Is it possible Farbio were economical with the truth regarding it's cars weight?

Is it 40kg and some blonde female with airbag extras mistyped another 0 ?

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Our Verdict

The Ginetta G60, which began life as a Farbio GTS, has a 310bhp V6 in its 1080kg frame. Performance is, predictably, blistering

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