where is life going
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2003
regardless of whether you like the v6, think its old etc or not, its a marketing idiot who decided this. The reasons are clear.
As they make the RHD in UK spec for ireland, it will cost no more to have the choice of this model in the UK.
But people who are looking for a new car with a 'bit more' exec class/poke than a four pot, want a 6cyl small exec express. Those who are considering AR, will not suddenly say, 'oh ok I'll
have a diesel', nor will they probably want an out and out GT racer in the GTA (or be able to afford it) so what will they do?......they'll get a 323i or A4 V6, or lexus. Simple.
So putting any argueing aside about whether the engine is redundant, old fashioned, best sounding engine ever, looks fab, etc etc (all true)the bottom line is this:
it would not really cost AR anymore to have that choice on their lists....But they WILL loose sales of 156 cars from it. And assuming they make money on the car, that means less profits, no matter how few they sell.
i guess that at least 90% of those who want a V6 car in that size, will go elsewhere, and only 10%, probably much less, will have the diesel or a 3.2. They better be some damn good salesmen to get that %age up!
Thus it may make no sence to have the 2.5 in terms of power v £ choice, but it does mean less sales, and more possible aR buyers going to Lexus etc (and probably staying there even when the 158 comes out)
Hold the rear end slide....don't run wide!
156 2.0TS Veloce Lthr (02/02), silver, black Momo, BMC filter,V6 intake, DS2500 Front-DS Perf Rear pads, Conti sportcontacts, OMP strut Brace
Built in Italy, on the last Friday before (hic) Xmas........:-/