Friday, January 4, 2013

Volkswagen SP2 - 1972

VOLKSWAGEN SP2 ....






In the early 1970s, " Volkswagen "is ensconced in South America and especially in Brazil, where the German brand crushes the competition with its Beetle, Brasilia and Variant. However, the sports car enthusiast reasonably priced does not find its account with the German sedans because it is a segment where the group has distanced by local manufacturers and foreign, it is one of the cut. Indeed, the range Volkswagen do Brasil offers lovers of the beautiful cut Karmann Ghia, a nice car but missing teeth compared to the booming Brazilian competition. Although selling correct way on the South American market, the Karmann does not compete with the Puma design local and Willys Interlagos, an Alpine A108 manufactured under license. Hence the idea of ​​designing one of these models, exclusively for the South American market. The design begins as soon as SP2 November 1970. His name, Sao Paulo SP, alone evokes intentions VW. The SP2 is a cut among the least known of the historical range of " Volkswagen ", and for good reason, it was sold between 1972 and 1976, on the South American continent, and especially in Brazil ....



Built on a VW Variant, the amazing Volkswagen SP2 is officially presented to the public in 1971. The reception was enthusiastic and the leaders of Brazil VW hardly hesitate long to start series production and the first copies out in June 1972. It has a silhouette that is far from innovative, but is rather attractive and shows a drawing of the front of the sedan. Its long hood and rear picked up a few tunes give Italian sports. The calender is especially sharp, as well as the very low roof line. Profile, when with him, has more traditional proportions with a long hood, a rear picked up, somehow the epitome of sportsmanship in an era when the mid-engined berlinetta are still rare. Finally the back round, fine and high enough so nervous exude an E-type Jaguar in line with the rest of the body. The unusual Volkswagen SP2 all the ingredients of a visual sports car ....




On a panel of national and departmental roads mixing you will soon feel comfortable driving the Volkswagen SP2 . Direction fairly healthy and sports dampers can wrap the corners at a steady pace without surprises, but it is faster than the full attack is not the chosen field of Brazilian cut. This does not cut VW behave honorably in chains and provide a lot of sensation to the driver. Enjoying some relaxing straights because of course keeping without worries, you can take a look at the instrumentation including indications in Portuguese are sufficiently rare to be mentioned. However, no need to linger for hours to monitor the state of the mechanism that has no ominous sign. If the country can enjoy various dynamic qualities of the SP2, the city highlights its qualities "social" purpose of nice cut. The Volkswagen SP2 allows pedestrians time to stop any activity to come and admire the "fireball" that is exotic enough to capture visual attention ....



Inside, VW has dressed the Volkswagen SP2 to the fashion of the time and we find the typical atmosphere of the '70s with a dash plastic and unadorned colored the same color as the body. The dashboard is stripped exclusively arranged for the driver, a battery of dials turned to him invade the center console. Leather steering wheel three-spoke sports with a reminder of color at the top and bottom fits perfectly and helps the original interior ambiance. Unlike European contemporary icons, the SP2 does not hesitate to show the joyous use of color for the interior and even counting the SP2 genuine charm emerges from the cockpit. Aboard the VW you really feel in a sports car, even before this started. Seats, relatively comfortable, do not allow many settings but headroom reduced (1158 mm overall height) imposes any way to have the matter very inclined and style racer is almost de rigueur for s install the wheel. Fortunately, the space is not counted and, in both width and length, the big guys arrive to find the correct position at the wheel of this superb berlinetta Volkswagen SP2 ....




Regarding the mechanics pretty Volkswagen SP2 , the engine is mounted at the rear. It was still predictable, it is cantilevered overhang as a good old Beetle. And if it is only a 4-cylinder 1700 cm3 from the model variant, it delivers a classic Volkswagen boasts a strong connotation sport. His power is nothing demonic since only 65 horsepower at 4600 revs / min out of the block for a maximum torque of 121 Nm at 3000 r / min. The couple's four flat to start without worries and fit easily into existing traffic. Although the thrust is far from being related to the ambient noise level, but the performances make you feel at ease in the midst of newer vehicles. Transmission is provided by a four-speed manual gearbox that comes out without too much trouble travels through short lever. In the end, the Volkswagen SP2 reaches a top speed of 170 km / h, honorable enough for the time. It is a model that has become rather exotic Vintage Classic over time because of a total production of 10,205 copies only 670 were exported to Europe ....




Specifications:
  • Engine: 4-cylinder boxer
  • Capacity: 1.7 L
  • Power: 65 hp at 4600 rev / min
  • Torque: 121 Nm at 3000 r / min
  • Speed: 170 km / h

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