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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Autoart Volkswagen New Beetle RSi in 1:43 scale

An Autoart Volkswagen New Beetle RSi in 1:43 scale.

From Wikipedia:
The Volkswagen New Beetle is a small family car, introduced by Volkswagen in
1998, drawing heavy inspiration from the exterior design of the original Beetle.
Unlike the original Beetle, the New Beetle has its engine in the front driving
the front wheels and luggage storage in the rear. In May 2010, Volkswagen
announced that production of the current body of the New Beetle will cease in
2011. A redesigned model will replace it.
The VW RSi is a limited (250 units) version of New Beetle. It included
a 225 hp 3.2 litre VR6 engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and Volkswagen's four-wheel
drive system 4motion, Remus twin-pipe exhaust. It was rumoured Porsche tuned the
suspension but this was carried out in-house at VW Individual. The suspension
was greatly altered at the rear, with geometry more geared to the race track and
a rear cross brace behind the rear seats, 80 mm (3.1 in) wider fenders, unique
front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, large rear wing, and 18x9 OZ
Superturismo wheels with 235/40ZR-18 tyres. Inside, it was trimmed in carbon
fiber, billet aluminum, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro
racing buckets. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and low rear
tire life.

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