<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">No it is not a diesel. FSI is some new state-of-the-art fuel injection technology that coupled with the lightweight is said to be the reason behind the high MPG numbers.Originally posted by hatched:
55MPG? Mid-engine TDi or something?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">This thing is supposed to be lighter and more powerful than a base Elise for two thirds the price, adding 4 airbags and power/ABS/traction control brakes. That's why I'm skeptical. Barring some near-historic innovation or making it even smaller than an Elise, something has to give way because right now things don't add up. The Elise is already barebones, uses an aluminum space frame chassis and has an engine that weighs under 200 lbs. VW is going to beat the results of that and cost much, much less? How? (Btw, it's not to say I don't want them to do so.Originally posted by wrcfan:
Also, I forgot to add that target weight is between 600-700kg. That is LIGHT. Can someone do the conversion for us?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">You really can't do a direct conversion to get an accurate estimate. Look at the price of the Focus in the UK and look at its price here. The 2.0L Zetec equipped hatch starts at 14,000 sterling which would directly be just over $22k USD. A guesstimate for US pricing for the VW is under $20k.Originally posted by Penguini66:
$15K pounds = $24K USD
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">350Z = Bloated Pig. I'll take the little car.Originally posted by madmax1:
$24K for a strippo VW. No thanks. For a little more I'll pick up a new 350Z. Now if it was $15k, that would be a different story.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Um, stripped bare bones usually means - 'Sans Safety/Stability features'.Originally posted by wrcfan:
Stripped for bare bones performance (no power steering, windows, etc.)
Full group of safety equipment (4 airbags, anti-lock brakes, ESP stability control and fixed roll hoop)