|Quote, originally posted by sciroccohal »|
|Jamie...Let me translate the specs above to real- world numbers. compared to my mark-one Scirocco.....so it's going to be approx....|
1250 LBS HEAVIER (at least!)
6 inches TALLER or the height of a MK2 JETTA
6-10 inches LONGER
With a hatch appx half the size
and a price 2/3rds of an Audi TT (2007)
Sorry! that's no Scirocco...it's the FREAKIN! UPS TRUCK!
My 78 is....1700 lbs wet.
51 inches tall
149.5 long (sans bumpers) or 155 with.
48 " hatch width or one Complete LAZY-BOY arm chair with the hatch closed...
Why does VW do this? It's a cross-over VAN!
Then you might as well start buying up old Scirocco's at this point since virtually nothing on the market is "lightweight" any more. A MINI Cooper S weighs 2,700 lbs and a 350Z "Track Edition" is 3,500. Hell a Porsche 911 weighs 3,100 lbs...
With all the safety equipment, customer expectations for standard equipment and structural rigidity (i.e. quality feel) and that platforms just keep getting bigger and bigger there is no getting around the weight issue. Either you strip it down in lightweight club sport style (which doesn't sell particularly well - ask BMW about their E36 "lightweight" edition), use more expensive lightweight materials or move to a smaller platform altogether. Much as I'd like to see it happen, the market reality means that I need to save my pennies for a Lotus Elise if I really want a lightweight sports car. Yes, somewhere in the middle would be nice, but my idea of a true lightweight car is less than 2,500 lbs.
As for more updates...
Rumors we are now hearing say that Winterkorn has orderd a redesign of the Scirocco and the new version has a more Scirocco/Corrado-typical sloping rear hatch and a completely different front end. Whether it comes here to this market or not remains to be seen as there are still some things in the air regarding the upcoming Golf VI and how that car will impact our Rabbit and GTI models sold here.