Finally Edmunds has heard the signs that VW is showing an Elise-killer concept at the LA Motor Show, some weeks after everybody else. Nevertheless it’s a nice roundup. Check it out!
It’s been styled under Walter de’ Silva and borrows from VW’s vast parts bin to keep development costs low. The source tells Inside Line that this project is resurfacing for “the fifth time in [five] years” but expresses optimism that the project will reach fruition this time, possibly to be assembled in Germany by VW’s longtime partner Karmann.
To keep weight down and performance strong, VW is said to have referred to Audi about aluminum space frame construction. This has fueled some two years’ worth of rumors — and attendant denials from Ingolstadt — that there could be an Audi R4 version of the new model. The rumored car has been described as a cut-priced R8 and could use more powerful Audi engines like the new EA888-based 211-hp, 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine and an upcoming 204-hp, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter TDI common-rail diesel instead of the more frugal VW power plants.
Another intriguing idea: VW majority shareholder Porsche is said to have shown interest in the new project, opening the way for a possible resurrection of the 914.
Source: Inside Line