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Isuzu Piazza

Isuzu Piazza

The Piazza had all the hallmarks of a car that could have been great, but in reality it never was. It started life as an Italdesign concept car called Ace of Clubs, and in 1981 Japanese 4x4 manufacturer Isuzu decided to put it into production. Unfortunately, the concept car was built on the platform of a 1979 Opel Kadett, and Isuzu elected to stay with the same chassis for production models of the Piazza. That meant that although the car went quickly and looked stylish, the handling was atrocious. Build quality was a disaster, too, and the Piazza never really recovered from there. That's a shame, because later cars had a new chassis developed by British sports car maker Lotus and were infinitely better to drive. Although now a rare sight, the Piazza remains an interesting curiosity for fans of Japanese marques.

Isuzu Piazza Specifications

Top speed:121 mph (195 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.4 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:121 ci (1,996 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:150 bhp (112 kW) at 5,400 rpm
Max torque:167 lb ft (226 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2810 lb (1,264 kg)
Economy:27 mpg (9.6 km/I)
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