Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pflugerville, TX
[quote author=XCNuse link=topic=184786.msg4071486#msg4071486 date=1310696764]
Because majority of time RWD is impractical and far more expensive than a FWD car is.
Sports car, sure, big woop... but then the 3 is no longer in the class it was meant for or will ever be in.
DIY, it's just a bunch of parts from a mazdaspeed6, and CX class.
only have to double the price you paid for the car.
And then decrease it's value by 100%
and hope it works.
RWD Mz3s have been attempted, but it's highly impractical and costs a shitton.
DG Motorsports made an AWD Speed 3 from various speed 6 and CX parts.
But at the end of the day, it's no longer a family car.
Perhaps more importantly, to put a RWD engine in the 3 chassis, you'd have to hack up the floor to make space for the drive shaft, and relocate the fuel tank and muffler. Unless you're building a one-off racecar (a la Ken Block Fiesta thing), it doesn't make sense to do this for a vehicle like the 3, which they appear to be selling a blue million of as-is.
Far more plausible would be an AWD Speed3 variant, that might compete with the Impreza WRX.
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