Mash continues his offensive in the vintage segment. And with the manner! Riding a ‘nostalgic-hipster-value-authentic’ wave, the brand draws a café-racer to shake your retina. The TT40. An ersatz old-school sports car, all in old-fashioned style and technology. Enough to refresh your teeth without scratching your wallet too much.
Let’s say it right now: the TT40 is not designed to hit the clock. On the contrary, its leitmotif is to ensure the driving with simplicity, without worrying about a fury of watts, a chassis to be regulated with small onions or to crush the turns by muscular arsouilles..
Here, the aspect prevails. With the ambience of an old filigree race. Based on the 400 Five-Hundred, the TT40 Café-Racer offers a fork crown worthy of the sports cars of the 70s. The visual impact immediately hits the mark. The long single-seater saddle gives the impression that you could lie down full length in order to glean a few extra km / h. The megaphone-type pot, bracelets and mirrors attached to the ends complete the range. Side look, we are served.
Once in the saddle, in a position that promises to be a bit sporty without being radical or violent, the pilot will only take care to seek to have fun gently, by working the style cast in the conduct. Adapted to pass Euro4, in particular thanks to a Delphi injection, the 397 cm3 single-cylinder spits almost 28 horses at 7000 rpm. A small torque of 3 mkg is negotiated at 5500 rpm. Not a thunderbolt but old-fashioned mechanics, a kind of revival of an old Honda block.
This Mash is also distinguished by the arrival of ABS, which can also be disconnected. Braking is also provided by a 320 mm disc at the front and its 4-piston caliper.
The Mash TT40 Café Racer has enough to make a nice place in a category where the sports cars of yesteryear are not (yet) legion and where the prices are often stiff. Hoping that the brand has done what is necessary to get rid of its pans on a rather light reliability and a sometimes capricious engine behavior.
It is also a totally retro and offbeat alternative in the court of small sports cars that are the Ninja 400, YZF R3, RC 390 and 302 R. For the same price, the TT40 is much less powerful and efficient; but its face of yesteryear delivers a much more fashionable charm..
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400 TT40 Cafe Racer 2017
Model marketed in
about 140 km / h
The technical aspect
Mash 400 TT40 Cafe Racer 2018
- Tank: 13 liters
- Wheelbase: 1,420 mm
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
- 397 cc
at 7,000 rpm
at 5,500 rpm