Good things

Here is a list of good things about our Tamora

  • Condition – Bodywork and paint all in very good condition. Interior is tidy, but the bison is a bit worn. The supplying garage, TrackVRoad, have done a great job on this car.
  • Engine – Only 13,500 miles when we bought it, good service history, sounds good (minimal rattling) and a compression test of 240 psi on all cylinders.
  • Driving – Easy to drive. The engine pulls well from low revs and is fairly tame until the revs are high, at which point it is very quick.
  • Performance, power and power-to-weight. 350 bhp (and 290 ftlb of torque) from the Speed 6 Engine is good. Combined with a kerb weight of 1060 kg, the car is very fast. Autocar measured it as 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 0-100 in 9,1 seconds and a 1/4 mile in 12.5 seconds at 119 mph.
  • Sound (start and idle here, some gentle acceleration here). It does sound very good, but the exhaust noise can be a bit annoying on long motorway journeys.
  • Looks. Many people prefer the T350 over the Tamora, but I think it looks good, and it gets more people looking at it than most cars.
  • Rarity. There were only about 360 Tamoras built, and there aren’t going to be any more. http://howmanyleft.co.uk/¬†indicates that, in the 2nd half of 2011 there were 239 Tamoras taxed, and 24 off the road.
  • The roof comes off, and it doesn’t have any of the negative effects that can be found on other convertibles as it remains light and rigid.
  • Practicality. There is a good sized boot, and lots of storage space behind the seats. It should be fine for a holiday.
  • New suspension. Gaz Gold Pros, fitted only a few months before we bought the car and set to the factory geometry for the last of the Tamoras. Damping set to 10 clicks front, 8 back. Apparently 1.5 degrees of camber.¬† Only drawback is the 100mm of ground clearance, but that is standard.