mo-i wrote:I love the thinking and concept. But design wise not so much. Exterior is a shrinked 70ies flatfish supercar and interior is a squashed Up! to match the corparate identity.
I don't think that's what's going on here. I'm pretty sure what is going on here is what's called: "What works in a wind tunnel", with a few branding touches tacked on here-and-there. It's shrunk up to reduce frontal area... end of story. Whether that harkens back to a previous era of automobile design is a moot point. The laws of physics haven't changed since the '70s and probably wont anytime soon.
I know some don't like hearing this, but you can design things 100% purely on function. Take most purpose built race cars. You can criticize the "look" all you want, but you can't really criticize the styling, because it's simply not there. No one styles anything. ALL the decisions on shapes are made purely on what works and nothing else.
Me, personally, I love non-handbag cars... and this is one of the most exciting cars to come along in a while time simply because of that (wheel spats FTW!). Kudos to VW. *Fun fact I number crunched:
The XL1, with it's .280 CdA, would require a little over 500 bhp to match the top speed of the 1200 bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.