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Itís a wonderful design and a beautiful car, but I guess it won't be sold in the U.S. since we don't have an Elise or a VX here and most Americans are import hating muscle car fanatics. Its simply wonít sell due to the idea of low hp low weight not being popular here.
It sounds fantastic. I concur with the american super-size mentality when it comes to cars ("just give me a lot of torque and power"), but I could see VW bring it over in very limited quantities (like 3,000 or less a year) as a move to spice up their image. However, with the R32 Golf, they probobly have the car to do that for them, but you never know. I figure it'd add about 200 lbs. to comply with US safety standards, but it'd still be an amazing car at 1,700 lbs.
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As for the Elise I expect the federal(?) Elise to be announced before the end of the year. And I dont expect many americans to 'get it' either. It'll prolly have ~200bhp Toyota 4 pot in it, prolly Airbags, hope it dont have ABS etc
Oh and it doesnt look like UK will get same deal, think we'll be stuck with k seties 1.8 120bhp standard.
First off I just want to say what an amazing car that could be.
There is a chance the car might be accepted in America. Look at the Miata. Sure there are a lot of haters, but in many smaller crowds the Miata commands much respect. If the Miata can be successful than there is a chance the VW could.