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    Wartburg Melkus RS 1000

    Originally posted by Greg Harvey:

    Here's an odd one. Powered by the 2-stroke engine found in the Trabant's bigger brother, the Wartburg:
    http://digilander.libero.it/cuoccimi...(Wartburg).htm

    Smokey, but quick, the 3 cylinder 2-stroke chucks out nearly as much power as one would expect from a V6 4-stroke of the same era. Which makes perfect sense, if you think about it!

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    Nice oddie there
    Any more specs except for 3 cylinder 2 stroke?

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    In race spec the 1000 cc engine produced 66 kw, which gave the car a topspeed of 200 kph. There for also a 1200 cc version for even more serious racing.
    A ladder frame chassis was used, combined with a fibreglass body. Two rollbars were used, one integrated in the windshield frame, and the other behind the driver.

    Just over 100 were made.
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    That is one nifty little car!

    I like much

    0-60?

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    In race spec the 1000 cc engine produced 66 kw, which gave the car a topspeed of 200 kph. There for also a 1200 cc version for even more serious racing.
    A ladder frame chassis was used, combined with a fibreglass body. Two rollbars were used, one integrated in the windshield frame, and the other behind the driver.

    Just over 100 were made.
    wow.. Thats pretty amazing
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    Only 80 survive to this day.
    A continuation of 15 cars built to 70's spec has been commissioned, I wonder what the price will be. You will have to check out the Melkus website http://www.melkus-sportwagen.de/die-...t/de/index.php for that, but better brush up on your German. It looks the part and will probably cost you an arm and a leg (as is often the case with continuation series).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cedric
    Only 80 survive to this day.
    A continuation of 15 cars built to 70's spec has been commissioned, I wonder what the price will be. You will have to check out the Melkus website http://www.melkus-sportwagen.de/die-...t/de/index.php for that, but better brush up on your German. It looks the part and will probably cost you an arm and a leg (as is often the case with continuation series).
    IIRC, I read somewhere they would be around 30,000.
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    This a really beautiful classic car (I love those doors ) I'm impressed with the performance figures as well, especially the top speed.
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    Good that in the continuation series, they maintain the two-stroke engine. Might be problematic to get the emissions under control, but they may have done it.
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    The cars will be built to 1970's standards, so I guess they don't have to take the emissions into account. Mind you, they have always had the 15 chassis numbers available. This probably implies they can build a car just as they did back then. Similarly, Aston Martin recreated a batch of DB4GT Zagatoes in the early 90's.
    Even though it's a good-looking car (and probably great fun to drive) I think it's price is quite high. English specialist sports car manufacturers are often more competitive.
    The top speed really is impressive, that's where the slippery body and light weight come into play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cedric
    Even though it's a good-looking car (and probably great fun to drive) I think it's price is quite high. English specialist sports car manufacturers are often more competitive.
    It's expensive, but I think the units will be sold more on nostalgia rather than outright perfomance. Furthermore they are preparing a modern RS2000 to follow this batch of 15 RS1000 classics.
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    even more interestingly, they want to make a successor of it next year - RS2000
    12 cylinders or walk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dydzi
    even more interestingly, they want to make a successor of it next year - RS2000
    That's just what I said...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrer
    That's just what I said...
    damn it sorry
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    Were the originals built in the old factory of Wartburg ? You know,the one in Eisenach Were they also made by the Eastern-German government ?

    I saw this new one isnt.. They're based in Dresden it seams.

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