The idle is perfect, at around 800-900rpm steady and the car starts with a half turn of the key without choke in the mornings (preceded by four or five pumps of the throttle). My friend who has a tarmac rally 1750 can't believe how well it drives.
Another example of real world experience contradicting a deduced scenario.
76 Suzuki GT500
2011 Jaguar XKR
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