I’ve read in multiple articles online that RX cars are “…praised for their shorter wheelbase which enables quicker turn-in…”. Now that we know that the factory wheelbase cannot be modified, how short are they really? Here’s a few wheelbase specs on the most common RX cars (which are nearly all superminis / subcompact cars);
- Peugeot 208: 99.9″
- Citroën DS3: 96.5″
- Renault Clio: 101.9″
- Ford Fiesta: 98.0″
- VW Polo: 97.6″
- Audi A1/S1: 97.2″
In comparison, a GD Impreza (compact sedan) is: 99.4″, surprised? That means they are not that short considering their diminutive exterior dimensions. They are transverse engine FWD hatch platforms which enables for very short overhangs, especially in the rear. They are much narrower than a “compact” though, thus why they usually sport very wide fender flares when modified for RX/WRC. It makes for a nifty dramatic look. For the cost it must take to re-engineer such small cars to AWD, I wonder why they don’t recoup their investment by trickling watered down road versions for the public to drive and enjoy. I mean, take ANY of those small hatches in AWD and 250HP form… that’d be some serious ass kickers. I digress… ah yes, do you guys remember Wabi~Sabi‘s wheelbase? No? It’s 93.3″. Fuck you, supermini! 😉
Let’s go back 3 decades or so and compare to famous Group B machines;
- Audi Sport Quattro SWB: 86.8″ (normal version is 99.4″)
- Lancia Delta S4: 96.0″
- Lancia 037 Stradale: 88.2″
- Ford RS200: 99.6″
- Peugeot 205 T16: 95.2″
- Renault 5 Turbo: 95.7″
- MG Metro 6R4: 94.1″
The first and latter always were favorites of mine. Let’s bulge the boxy look as much as we can! Kudos to the Metro 6R4 engineers to cram a 3.0L V6 in the back. The thing just looks awesome:
Must have been a blast to build and drive! It reminds me of a guy I saw 15 years ago in the RAC rally with a VW Fox Wagon coupe. He slammed a VR6 in the back with Audi S1 inspired bodywork. OMG… I found it online!
Now, that’s my kind of shit!
Damn, I was born one decade too late. If only I’d been old enough in the ’80s and had money… Then again, there most likely wouldn’t have been a Wabi~Sabi if I had! Would that’ve been good or bad? You decide! Haha!
*Looks at Wabi~Sabi… looks at the Scirocco… how cool would it be to cram the drivetrain in the latter? Then thinks of the 1,200+ hours invested in the former and gets back to reality*
UPDATE: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr…………….. yeah, reality. 😉