Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The last of the rear-wheel drive Scorpios had no fewer than six engines in its short lifespan: 2.0i 8-valve, 2.0i 16-valve, 2.3i 16-valve, 2.5 turbo-diesel, 2.9i 12-valve and the Cosworth 2.9i 24-valve. Despite the radical exterior restyling, a new interior, improved suspension and chassis, the 2.3 is the only new engine; the rest were carried over and revised from the previous range.

The 2.3i 16v is quicker and smoother than the harsh but willing old 2.0i unit, but the lusty Cosworth 2.9i 24v has to be the driver’s choice, as it can really shift when it needs to, backed by over 200bhp and a top-speed of 140mph.

Better body control and grip than on earlier cars before, giving added confidence on corners and a safer drive in adverse conditions. The steering is competent and pretty direct, but it is best suited to motorway coasting. Tight B-road bends may prove a little problematic at speed, though body roll is noticeable.