Mitsubishi Colt CZC Cabriolet looks smart at the front.The back end is a little bulky with the hood down – put the roof up and it looks very coupe-like. Colt CZC comes in two model forms: the 1.5-litre petrol CZC and the 1.5 CZC Turbo. Both models have a 5-speed manual transmission as standard.
The Mitsubishi CZC has a semi-automatic two-piece metal roof which is operated by three electric motors and moves from the fully-closed position to be stowed within the upper section of the boot in 22 seconds.
Electrically-operated windows complete the convertible package. There is some scuttle shake in evidence as a result of hacking the roof off the otherwise very stiff and agile Colt. Top down, wind in face, it still feels involving enough.
The CZC comes equipped as standard with ABS with air conditioning, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, six-speaker MP3-compatible CD and radio, driver and passenger front and side airbags, alloy wheels, keyless entry and remote locking with deadlocks, front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 205/45 rubber, electrically-assisted power steering, electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, multi-info display, one-touch electric front windows, tilt-adjustable multi-functional three-spoke leather steering wheel and leather gear knob and height-adjustable seats for both the driver and passenger.
The Colt CZC Cabriolet turbo version adds heated seats, a stability and traction control system, part-leather interior trim, sports suspension, uprated brakes and various other sporty garnishes.
The CZC is markedly more cramped inside than a normal Colt and the ride is a little less supple.
There is almost no room behind the front seats in the CZC, and the boot is similarly scuppered when all the gubbins required to retract the roof is factored in.
The 1-5-litre engine in the CZC producing 107bhp and 107lb ft of torque is reasonably economical. The turbocharged model uses the same 16-valve, double overhead cam 1.5-litre engine but produces 147bhp and 155lb ft of torque having top speed of 126mph with the 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds averaging 39.8mpg.
Performance: 0-60mph in 8.10 secs, max speed 126mph, 42.8mpg
Tech: 1468cc, 4cyl, 147bhp, 145Nm
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual