One of the most-anticipated rides Iíve taken was in Miniís electric model, one of 500 prototypes being leased to select customers.
However, when it comes to driving an all-electric vehicle, Bostonís 1950s-era trolley cars were smoother.
Hit the gas and there was a lag before acceleration began. Thatís disconcerting to anyone used to the always-perky Mini performance.
Hit the (regenerative) brakes and brace yourself. The computerized system is way off. The car stops so powerfully that youíre thrown against your seatbelt. Even just taking oneís foot off the accelerator winds up initiating a major braking event.
The suspicion here is that Mini tossed out some trial balloons and the revised versions will be fine.
And weíll still be ready to line up for a test ride.
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About Boston Overdrive
|Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
In the garage: 1995 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (by association)
|Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
In the garage: 2006 Subaru Baja
|John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, a certified mechanic, and a Globe columnist. He hosts a weekly radio show on WROL.
In the garage: Hyundai Sante Fe, Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible
|Craig Fitzgerald has been writing about cars, motorcycles, and the automotive industry since 1999. He is the former editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car.
In the garage: 1968 Buick Riviera, 1996 Buick Roadmaster, 1974 Honda CB450
|Keith Griffin is president of the New England Motor Press Association and edits the used car section on About.com. He also writes for the Hartford Business Journal and various weekly newspapers in Connecticut.
In the garage: Mazda 5, Dodge Neon
|George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton, which produces video reviews for Yahoo, MSN, and other auto websites.
In the garage: Lifted 1999 Jeep Cherokee