You have to wait to jump back on the power though; get on it too early and you’ll get understeer. Balance it right and you feel the tail moving oh-so-slightly, helping you round the corner. You have to work at it, but it’s rewarding when everything clicks.
If you’re new to rear-wheel drive it really is an excellent car to learn in. Well-judged stability control helps; you’ll be travelling very quickly in the dry before you feel it cut in and it’s subtle when it does. A word of warning though, should you decide to switch everything off in the wet, the short wheelbase means the tail steps out abruptly.
The motor might not be particularly powerful but it’s certainly eager. It’ll happily rev round to its limiter making a rorty noise in the process. It’s easy to keep it on the boil thanks to the precise, short-throw gearchange that’s a delight to use.
Even if you short-shift, the car’s sub-1100kg weight (including a driver) means it’ll pull from a little over 1000rpm without too much fuss. This helped the car achieve an indicated fuel economy of more than 40mpg - if the trip computer is to be believed.
Inside, shorter folk won’t have too much difficulty getting comfy, although taller drivers may struggle a little. This isn’t helped by a steering wheel that adjusts for rake only. The Recaro seats do an excellent job of keeping you pinned in place and even prove comfortable after a whole day of driving. They’re heated as standard, which is nothing short of bliss on a cold winter’s day.
You are acutely aware you’re in a sports car though. At a motorway cruise there’s plenty of road and wind noise while the ride is firm, if not actually uncomfortable. Still, you don’t buy something like this for a limo-like ride and refinement.