Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 13:59:20 GMT
Subject: Old SAAB V New SAAB

On the subject of big brother medling with the design of a car you might like to hear a bit about the development of Rover cars new 75. This is to be Rover's first all new car since the BMW takeover. According to the rather patriotic blurb in Auto Express Rover have been given a completely free hand to develop the car. Their brief allegedly was to design the best front drive car in the world all upto themselves. I have noticed 3 things from the design that would make me seriously question this. 1) The engine is a transversly mounted K series which means different length drive shafts and tourque steer aplenty. Hardly a clean slate that one. 2) Front suspension consists of Mac Pherson struts. Now the only reason why anyone would use the dreaded mac strut is to save money, not to make a car that has superior handling. Note of course that BMW use struts! Currently I think the best front drive cars in the world are the R-type Honda's and they all use the double wishbones familiar to us SAABers. 3) Rear suspension consists of BMW z axle. Now I will not slag of the merits of the z axle but BMW designed this for cars that are rear wheel drive and Rover make front drive! If they where given a clean slate from which to design their suspension it shows a total lack of imagination that they should come of with the same design as BMW, or is something else happening here! I just hope that same thing doesn't happen to SAAB. Also note that the new MINI is to have z axle rear and some piece of crap in the front where the k series engine should go. -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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