I have done a couple of Photoshop paint jobs...
Time to Embrace Your Inner VW.
This is Atomic Chicken, sworn to protect all from the evil of Col. Sanders.
Astonishing proportions! Now that is what I call a perfect balance of front and rear overhangs-to-wheelbase ratio. In one swoop you corrected the most irritating aspect of FWD based chassis proportions: the goofy front over hang, you also corrected the rear overhang to the point that it now resembles the integrated proportions of the NB, a very good thing!
This is what the "21st Century" Beetle might have turned out to be if VW had delayed it's release and synchronized the engineering with the forthcoming new generation "MQB" platform that will underpin the Golf MK7/Scirocco etc. I hear that this platform has considerably shorter overhangs and consequently a longer wheelbase, just like what you've rendered here in fact.
Welldone Nuno Gti!
Bad man DaSilva et al...
The Power of Five!
Wikipedia has to say:
Here is some more info on VWs Master Plan involving MQBing many of it's future models, this article is from Autocar of 2007.Cars based on MQB are expected to range from superminis to large family cars, replacing the current generations of models. MQB will hence supersede the current PQ25, PQ35 and PQ46 platforms. The first model to be based on the MQB will be the 2012 Audi A3.
This is exactly as I remember reading in several car mags over the last 5 years or so. I was actually expecting the NB to have been replaced by this "new" Beetle way back in 2005, I even read a post on one of the popular NB forums where a guy saw the "frozen" clay buck of this 2012 model back in.........2005! By now they would be talking about the MQB'd version around 2013 that would have finally synchronized the Bug with it's platform sharing siblings, no more being the kid left with the cast off clothes...
I truly wished VW had followed that plan but hey, never mind. All is not lost as in the last couple of years I've been reading that the next Bug may either be MQB'd in 2016-17 or, in a suprisingly radical turn, might get a RWD, rear engined platform presumably based on a decontented 911 chassis in 2018 or so, this would be because Porsche is currently under immense pressure to share platforms to improve their economies of scale.
Heres to hoping...........
Last edited by VWWerk; 06-30-2011 at 04:51 PM. Reason: typo
The Power of Five!
Funny thing is that i was telling my inlaws the new beetle would have been so sweet if they had made the nose longer and a shorter roof line like the original beetle which gave it that unique look.
The vw gods have heard my cries!! shazam!!
MkII Gti project coming soon I hope...