I'm not Ayrton Senna, so i'm not going for any lap records. Yeah the R32 is no where near as nimble but it doesn't mean it's any less fun. For smiles per gallon I'd take the R32 every day. The noise and torque curve is enough to win me over. For a daily, that occasionally sees a track it wins in my book.
Now put a 3.2 VR, or hell a 3.6VR since externally the block is the same, in an S2000 and then it's interesting
3.2/3.6 liter engine, that's only the length of an i4 and sits completely behind the front suspension in a RWD chassis? Yea, count me in!
S2k drives awesome but if you're tracking it then you need to factor in the hassle of a real roll bar and meeting the broomstick test. If you're long in the torso you might not be able to pass the broomstick test in a S2000 without making some mods, perhaps even more so than just racing bucket seats bolted straight to the floor.
Oh and maybe be a gentlemen and tone it down a bit... I know it's the internet, but come on...
S2000 Engine weighs in at ~325lbs. It's documented that it's not a very light 4 pot by any means.
The VR in 3.2 form weighs in at ~375lbs. 50lbs is hardly something to write home about when 1 is an iron block and the other 1 aluminum. I'm sure the 3.6 isn't much different, considering like i said the blocks have identical footprints.
Mind you, with assorted accessories removed or added when modding a factory s2000, or swapping in a VR6 and running standalone; I'm willing to bet the weight balance will remain unscathed. Or even if it changes, it wouldn't be anything that couldn't be remedied with simple tuning of the suspension.
Not only that, but the VR is probably shorter than the 4pot as well, so the weight balance would be further off the front wheels.
It's the guys who are swapping in 2JZs that you should be getting sick about. The motor is very long for the chassis.
The idea of a 3.6 that sounds awesome making 300hp/300tq in a small RWD platform is definitely awesome in my head. I'm sorry you think otherwise
People who voted Golf are pointing out the fact that the OP wanted something for daily use. Below is more like how it's really happening
People considering his practical requirements for the Golf
TCLers and their anti VW sentiment for the S2000
Taking your seat out to just fit one tire does not make it practical. Again, I've owned an S2000 and an R32 and would take an S2000 any day for performance. But not for daily duty.
Last edited by MFactor; 08-15-2012 at 04:24 PM.
You live in Ontario; summers are short, winters are long (I'm from Detroit).
I say get the R32 and you could drive it year-round without issue if you wanted to.
(Although the .:R would be extremly fun in the snow) Yes i wrote .:R again
Last edited by 89VWdieselGolf; 08-15-2012 at 04:42 PM.
I am one of the biggest VW fanbois in the Lounge.
But S2000 all day every day. Never would an S2000 be my daily but it's a car that I want for a weekender SO friggin bad.
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I've been daily'ing my s for 8 months now, the lack of space was a little tough to get used to especially coming from a 4door golf... But everytime I drive the car it puts a smile on my face and makes me remember why I gave up a little practicality.
If I wanted a fun awd car I would have got an sti which is better than the .:r in almost every aspect except interior quality.