A small rear engined compact from VW isn’t exactly a new idea. The original Beetle (in all of it’s rear engined glory) is the car that made VW what it is today. And now it looks like they’re back at it with two new concepts built off the same revolutionary rear engined/RWD platform.
Here’s the idea. Rear wheel drive with a rear engine layout built on a flexible small car platform. This allows for short overhangs, maximum interior room and (theoretically) decent performance from relatively small powerplants (2 & 3 cylinder petrol and diesel units). It also could work rather well with hybrid or fuel-cell powerplants. In a sense it’s the antithesis of the original Mini layout but with some of the same principles at work.
It’s also one of the most interesting things VW has done in years. It may not be one of the fastest or sexiest out there. But it just may be one of the most interesting. So we want to hear your take. Is this something that MINI should be worried about? Is this type of concept something you’d be interested in? Or, is this the type of inventiveness (not the rear engined layout but the general spirit) that MINI should be using with it’s future concepts?
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