Is the world really desperately crying out for another ass-engined machine? An even better question might be: if Volkswagen
really wanted to compete with MINI
on the diminutive nostalgia front by making a rear-engine compact, why wouldn't they just scale down the new Beetle
and put its engine where it was originally intended? Granted, that's a loaded question, since the amount of engineering resources necessary to fit any mill able to get out of its own way into the cramped confines of a new Beetle would be beyond even the most geeky of Deutschland's engineers. But we digress.
Our boys at the German Car Blog are helping to spread AutoBild's rumor
is planning a rear-engine vehicle to fight it out with the MINI. As GCB pointed out, "...it would certainly fit [sic] Dr. Winterkorn's statement to go into lucrative niches." Sure it would. And if this comes to fruition, we'll eat AutoBild's first road test of the RR V-Dub.
[Source: AutoBild via the German Car Blog]