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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Although Legend doesn’t possess dragster-like performance, it is best experienced in a straight line and the V6 engines deliver a smooth, almost effortless level of power. The 3.2-litre V6 engine – later replaced by the slightly more powerful 3.5 in 1996 – is responsive and refined unless pushed to the extreme. Capable of a top speed of 140mph and producing more than 200bhp, the Legend is certainly a force to be reckoned with on the motorway, but not quite as composed on the B-roads.

In general, the front-wheel drive handling is competent enough, though hard cornering will result in the front tyres beginning to run wide and noticeable body roll, making the Legend feel a touch insecure. It also has a wide turning circle, which makes supermarket parking and inner-city driving a little tricky at times – but it does make some sense as a US-style luxury cruiser.

It’s definitely best to keep it on the open road, as it feels a little cumbersome around town.