Quote, originally posted by mec_vw »
We did get it, though (albeit in a watered-down form)...it's called the Eos.
No. We didn't get it. Concept R and Concept C were 2 different cars. The Concept C (Eos) was a 4 seat fwd Hardtop convertible from the get go.
Competition to this car:
BMW 3 convertible
Saab 9-3 Aero
Concept R was a mid engine RWD ragtop 2 seat convertible with an emphasis on low weight and performance.
Nissan 350z vert
etc... 2 seaters
2 different categories of car. Both could have (and still can) co-existed in the line up if VW was creative about it. A base version could have come in around Miata money with a 2.0T powering it, while a higher end version powered by a 3.2 VR6 could have place beyond S2000 $$. R&D costs could have been shared between VW, Audi, Seat and perhaps one of their other makes...(rumor of an "entry" level Bugatti or Bentley could have shared this platform with lesser Audi and VW versions)
Heck now that Porsche owns a majority of VW, they can even use the original Boxster chassis now that it is on its second gen.