Whichever is chosen for a road test, they ooze comfort and composure from the seats, suspension and high end equipment, to the driver's delight with steering, gearchange
, power delivery, brakes, handling, controls and instruments.
The ratios have been shortened for the Performance, which is good, but hunting for them through a vague and notchy gearchange
There's also stuff like electric power steering, electric front windows, a trip computer and gearchange
Other Black and Red Edition features are black 17-inch alloy wheels, leather wraps for steering wheel and gearchange
gaiter and a leather trimmed handbrake with red stitching.
The steering is direct and responsive and the note from the exhaust on gearchange
The light, slick gearchange
is marvellous and the clutch is also very easy.
After the wait, the 27-yearold Hinckley road racer then battled with a faulty gearchange
quick-shifter and a badly-handling bike throughout the race.
I particularly enjoyed Ford's version of a column gearchange
which was very smooth compared with the clumsy, clunky systems found on some other makes.
The handling is sharp, the gearchange
is slicker than slick and user-friendly and the driving position is little short of excellent.'
Tweaked engine mapping, eco tyres, low friction oils, dash gearchange
indicator, speed limiter and aerodynamic wheel covers mean that even if you drive like a psychotic plumber you still get 40mpg.
"A good example of this is gearchange
sequences, where you can see the movement of each of the components in precise detail to see how we can speed up that sequence."
There is five-speed automatic transmission with a push-button gearchange