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« on: October 22, 2003, 06:21:08 PM »
Not sure if any of you have seen this, I thought it was pretty cool so I wanted to share...  Scroll down to the bottom for the rest of the pics.



Volkswagen is developing a back-to-basics, mid engined roadster that's
designed to be light, fast and affordable. The company's chief Bernd
Pischetsrieder is expected to unveil a prototype of the two-seater
rear-drive rocket at the Tokyo Show this October, with cars reaching
showrooms as early as summer 2005.

"Imagine a mid-engined lightweight two-seater roadster with Boxster
performance and handling at the price of a well equipped Polo. That's
the kind of package we are working on," says Pischetsrieder.

That hints at an affordable 15,000 (British pounds) entry price for the
as-yet unamed roadster - a package sure to cause headaches for the
similarly priced StreetKa, Peugeot 206CC and the Smart Roadster.

VW engineers are said to be aiming to keep the curb weight between 600
and 700kg - more than a Caterham Super Seven, but less than a Vauxhall
VX220.

VW engineers are said to be aiming to keep the curb weight between 600
and 700kg - more than a Caterham Super Seven, but less than a Vauxhall
VX220.

To reach this target they have opted for a mix of materials for the body
and structure: aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and high-strength
steel.

The car will be powered by the 150hp 2.0 liter FSI direct-injection
engine that's just been launched in the new Audi A3. It will drive the
rear wheels via a six-speed tranny.

VW insiders claim the 0-60mph sprint will take just six seconds, and the
top speed will be around 150mph - that's deep into VX and Elise
performance territory and enough to blitz more mainstream rivals like
the Mazda MX-5, Toyota MR2 and MGF.

Even so, the VW's fuel consuption could be up to 55mpg - a result of the
car's light curb weight and it's engines advanced fuel-injection
technology.

The VW is said to resemble a downscale version of the stillborn
W12-engined Nardo supercar, complete with bold wings and shoulders,
truncated rear end and scalloped flanks. The Nardo was shaped by
ItalDesign.

To keep close eye on cost, the module which secures the engine and
tranny on the new roadster is lifted from the Polo - the subframe is
mounted behind the rear seats at 180 degrees.

This mobility of parts is what Pischetsrieder calls "click tecnology"
and it allows different structures from different cars in the VW family
to fit together, jig-saw style.

VW is serious about the roadster's minimalist nature - there are no
plans fit power steering, electric windows or central locking.

To trim curb weight further the VW roadster will use a simple manual
fabric roof.

On the safety front, however, VW will check most of the boxes, fitting
four airbags, anti-lock brakes and ESP stability control as standard.
The fixed rear roll-over hoop and re-inforced windshield frame are said
to be integral parts of the chassis stucture - so along with the full
safety package, expect a good crash test result.

We understand that one of Pischetsrieder's daughters inspired the
roadster concept - she drives a Lotus Elise.


















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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2003, 07:08:51 PM »
8O

I am in.  Do you think it is too early to put a deposit down at the dealership?  I would have to change my name to Kraut-ROCKET and my signature would be "I am driving faster that you - Stupid!" :lol:
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2003, 08:44:33 PM »
Ditto on that.  Both Carla and I have been talking about getting a second car, and this sounds like it may be in the price range.
If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it!

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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2003, 09:19:36 PM »
Might have to fake my death and collect the insurance money. That is one sexy car! Can't figure any other way to justify it to my wife........unless I let her start driving my passat......hmmmmmm   :twisted:
Look officer, I really do own it......

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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2003, 03:06:19 AM »
Quote from: "Wyaka"
Might have to fake my death    :twisted:

that can legally be done in nevada.....

as for the roadster if it hits us shores, i will meet mine at the boat and follow the truck to the dealership!!!
sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OT DISH?-----> nope!
and YES I KNOW I CAN NOT SEPLL!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2003, 10:40:25 PM »
Oh my Crap-addict! I may work three jobs and beg and grovel to my wife for one!
I think I'd change my name to TLJRocket!
I want one bad!
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2003, 03:09:02 PM »
Wyaka,
Don't give up hope, here's my wife's response, "Good God!!!  That is a beautiful car!!!" Word for word. She said I have to pay off the B5 first...hehehe
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2003, 03:21:22 PM »
Here is what my (former) Wife said...

"Well we are not married anymore so you can do what ever you want with your money!"

WHOO HOO - she said I can get it.. :lol:  :lol:

Now I am not promoting divorce as a means to obtaining a car, it just happens that because I am divorced, I can have the car. :wink:
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2003, 02:05:18 AM »
Quote from: "kraut-sled"
Here is what my (former) Wife said...

"Well we are not married anymore so you can do what ever you want with your money!"

WHOO HOO - she said I can get it.. :lol:  :lol:

Now I am not promoting divorce as a means to obtaining a car, it just happens that because I am divorced, I can have the car. :wink:


Hahaha!  That's funny.  I think if I spend much more money on my car, Jen will divorce me!  I really need to get a better paying job to afford my toys...my poor car needs brakes...
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2003, 01:57:23 PM »
My point exactly.

I was not able to get to tune my car untill after I was divorced.  I must say that I do like the fact that my car is never in a bad mood, I do not have to wine and dine it just so I can take it for a "ride".  I would like to say it is cheeper than a girl friend, but we all know that is not true...

But my car is a he not a she....  does that make me :oops:

Oh well, so be it.
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