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Well, the problem is that I do not like the Mk2 face. OK, it maybe more powerful, and setup better than the Mk1 but looks are pretty important also. I havent actually seen the Mk2 V6 but I assume it has the same front as the Mk2 172s and others.
Anders, I am loosely looking around for a new job at the moment, ideally would like somthing in a car environment - preferably doing web deign, e-marketing that sort of thing. Know of anything where you are?
I too am not keen on the Mk2 front. I took a cancelled order just incase I ended up getting the new one.
The V6 is fantasic indeed, its REALLY a lot faster the my 172 was. The EVO tester said similar this month " what the figures on paper say about the slight differences in the 172&V6 is basically wrong" and he stresses that the cars are TOTALLY different.
I aint no expert driver, as I always admit. I go by " Wow! this is a hell of a lot quicker" and "This feels safe" (or not of course).
What you need to do is try a V6 for a good run. If your near me I wouldnt mind taking you up the road for a drive.
I had a 5 or 10 minute drive in Neils V6 last night (me driving!!!) and I can definitely confirm that the whole driving experience is completely different from the 172.
It is really bizarre with the dash etc being exactly the same, but the feel of the car is completely different... the six speed box is smooth as anything on the change, the acceleration is much more pronounced, the brakes are far better, the in-car sound is amazing (and not as loud as you would expect).
It is basically a completely different car to drive (and definitely in a good way!!!)
I dont really get involved with the manufacturing side of things but I do recall a huge disagreement at the Swedish factory during the Mk1 production run that stopped the assembly lines of the V6 and C70. It may have something to do with that I cant say for sure. Or it could be just a simple case of keeping everything in-house so Renault can oversee and control the build process. Your guess is as good as mine.