Styling subtle bad boy

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Hmmm, I like the arches, front wings, wheels and sideskirts. The interior is a bit OTT as far as the colour coding is concerned. The door mirrors don't suit the lines of the car, and neither does the rear bumper (too rounded) - just my opinion mind.

Alloy fuel cap is Chavvy, as is the upright windscreen wiper.

Don't like the centre exit exhaust. Makes it look like it's trying to copy a Porsche Boxster.

But the 'subtle' bad boy bonnet brings up one big problem for me, and not because it is a 'bad boy' bonnet...




















....it makes the front end look like a Peugeot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :D
 
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1986Uno45S said:
Alloy fuel cap is Chavvy, as is the upright windscreen wiper.

I disagree i'd say yeh if it was a stuck on one cos they look cheap and tacky but a proper racing alloy fuel cap looks cool imo
As for the wiper well i wouldnt say thats chavvy cos unos have a single wiper anyway and keeping it in the middle adds that touring car look to it.

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Must say I like that despite being of the opinion that cars such as this should stay pretty standard give or take a bit of lowering and the like.

It is good that it is not over the top and is still very clearly an Uno but with a slightly more modern feel.

I also don't like the filler cap, stands out like a sore thumb. In black would keep the lines clean. The interior is OTT for my tastes.

Apart from that I wouldn't complain if someone gave me the car :)
 
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I disagree i'd say yeh if it was a stuck on one cos they look cheap and tacky but a proper racing alloy fuel cap looks cool imo
As for the wiper well i wouldnt say thats chavvy cos unos have a single wiper anyway and keeping it in the middle adds that touring car look to it.

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Aren't all road going 'alloy' fuel caps stick-on :confused: I guess that's the problem in that most of the ones you see are the cheapo stick-on variety, so when you do get a genuine one most people (well, me anyway!) can't tell the difference.

As for the touring car look, my problem is that touring cars are touring cars and road cars are road cars! And many modern cars (including Unos!) have the rear of the bonnet designed to direct air over the wiper to aid a tiny bit of drag co-efficiency, so by parking it in the middle of the screen it is defeating the whole point of the original design! :rolleyes:

Fashions and tastes change, and it's like the craze for flushed tailgates. These days some people are removing the rear wiper to give it the smooth look. Back when I started driving, HAVING a rear wiper was the height of coolness! Many a mk1 Fiesta owner would go to a lot of trouble to retrofit a rear window wiper from a higher spec version than the base model Popular Plus they were lumbered with. Only then were they enabled the luxury of keeping their rear window clear with just a flick of a switch and could join the cool crowd.

But now the opposite is true, and one can only be cool by not having a rear window wiper! Sod the fact that the rear window can't be kept clear anymore, the fact that it is the poverty spec base model version without a wiper rather than the upmarket Ghia is all that matters! I really must be getting old because I don't get form over function :p

It's all down to taste I suppose, and just because it's my taste doesn't mean I'm right - more likely far from it ;) The fact that I'm driving a 20 year old car when most people would have chopped it in for one half that age at least kind of shows I must be on a different planet to most people :D

I still think the mk1 looks best! :p

*Chas runs away and hides from all the mk2 Uno owners*
 

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i totally agree the front is very peugeotesq!
nothing wrong with 205s its just unos are better and rarer!
but still gotta love that bonnet

what the hell have they got under the bonnet :O

**** interior (ferrari...what a _ _ _ _)

nice smoothing and love those wheels.
 

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1986Uno45S said:
Aren't all road going 'alloy' fuel caps stick-on :confused: I guess that's the problem in that most of the ones you see are the cheapo stick-on variety, so when you do get a genuine one most people (well, me anyway!) can't tell the difference.
I had a look at the uno again and see what you mean about the fuel cap, i dont actually like "That" particular one, it looks far to big imo. But there are locking fuel caps you can get for unos which are the same as standard but just in chrome or aluminium finishes. I think Jai has one on his Tub!

1986Uno45S said:
As for the touring car look, my problem is that touring cars are touring cars and road cars are road cars! And many modern cars (including Unos!) have the rear of the bonnet designed to direct air over the wiper to aid a tiny bit of drag co-efficiency, so by parking it in the middle of the screen it is defeating the whole point of the original design! :rolleyes:
Cant really argue with that mate!!

1986Uno45S said:
Fashions and tastes change, and it's like the craze for flushed tailgates. These days some people are removing the rear wiper to give it the smooth look. Back when I started driving, HAVING a rear wiper was the height of coolness! Many a mk1 Fiesta owner would go to a lot of trouble to retrofit a rear window wiper from a higher spec version than the base model Popular Plus they were lumbered with. Only then were they enabled the luxury of keeping their rear window clear with just a flick of a switch and could join the cool crowd.
But now the opposite is true, and one can only be cool by not having a rear window wiper! Sod the fact that the rear window can't be kept clear anymore, the fact that it is the poverty spec base model version without a wiper rather than the upmarket Ghia is all that matters! I really must be getting old because I don't get form over function :p

It's all down to taste I suppose, and just because it's my taste doesn't mean I'm right - more likely far from it ;) The fact that I'm driving a 20 year old car when most people would have chopped it in for one half that age at least kind of shows I must be on a different planet to most people :D
i also agree these days its all about "coolness" to hell with function lol but sod that i have still kept my rear wiper cos to be honest i dont know how i'd be able to see out my rear windscreen without it!!!

1986Uno45S said:
I still think the mk1 looks best! :p
*Chas runs away and hides from all the mk2 Uno owners*

Gotta agree with you about mark 1s looking best :D and thats coming from a mark 2 owner!! hehe They look a lot more retro and "meaner" imo I was going to convert my mark 2 front end into a mark 1 at one stage but didnt do it in the end far too much work & Money, rather spend it on some tasty mods instead to make it go faster :D!!

by the way on that website i had a look at the other cars in the italian section and there is a WIDE ARCH TIPO on there and an uno turbo with VW Hub caps or alloys Whats with that?? lol

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But there are locking fuel caps you can get for unos which are the same as standard but just in chrome or aluminium finishes. I think Jai has one on his Tub!F R O $ T Y

yes i do!!!!

but for the life of me i cant find a photo, will take one tmrw and post it up, maybe start her for the first time in 2 months......
 
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Chas: as usual your message had me rolling about laughing, in particular the bit about people being 'lumbered with a Popular Plus'. Heh - some things never change, I mean, you wouldn't want to be lumbered with a 45 would you? Ah sorry, a 45 - *S*... :)

As for the 'tuned' Uno - the webpage was a sensory overload and I was bracing myself for a skinful barrage of Deutsche-speaking porn. The car? I agree with the others, it's quite tasteful, but then again it is in Germany. Full respect goes to someone for having the guts to pick an Uno - I'm sure with the money that cost, the obvious choice would have been a Punto GT or a Coupe.

I also don't like the interior - what on earth do all those switches do, totally out of character... and the instruments now look cheap and tacky, the floor and the seats look ridiculous too. Like some kind of go-kart, except that go-karts are always raw and dirty.

The big problem I see with this car is the STANDARD engine, apart from the K&N which I am told can suck in more hot air than cold air. I'd feel a lot more excited about it if I saw a giant intercooler or something. It seems that heaps more has been spent on looks than performance. Of course, the engine in my Uno Turbo is standard - but then, so is most of the rest, and I like it that way...

One of my favourite tweaks to my Uno was the interval timer on the rear window wiper, set to around 1 minute. Anything that's fitted to a car, I like to have working usefully and properly! sad, eh... maybe that's how I ended up 'lumbered' with a Toyota. I like the 'Automatic Drive' feature so much and I tested the cupholder with a trip to Burger King last night... the 10-speaker stereo rocks, too - but what on earth is all that creaking and groaning and why does the engine make such a horrible noise?

-Alex
 
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Chas: as usual your message had me rolling about laughing, in particular the bit about people being 'lumbered with a Popular Plus'. Heh - some things never change, I mean, you wouldn't want to be lumbered with a 45 would you? Ah sorry, a 45 - *S*... :)

I'll have you know that my 45 "S" came with a rear windscreen wiper as standard, so that makes it super cool by 1980's standards :p :D

I had another look at that webpage and found a few more Uno's. Though the first link I'll post up is of an Alfa GTV6. Red paintwork might be more suitable for a classic Alfa (though I do like yellow), but this one has been done quite tastefully. I like it :yum:

http://www.tuningcars.de/index.php?action=view&nav=5&CID=69&RID=446

Another Uno turbo here, though I think it is bordering on 'Chav'.

http://www.tuningcars.de/index.php?action=view&nav=5&CID=69&RID=923

And this one, "Die graue Rattenratte" loosely translates to "The grey Ratty Rat". It said it had 450PS (over 300bhp) in the text, plus NOS. But hidden under the bonnet looks like a fairly standard FIRE engine! I have a feeling this one is 'tongue in cheek' (my German is very rusty, ich verstehe nicht gut!), though it is possible that the owner is planning on fitting some super dooper engine in the future so it is very much a work in progress.

The VW hubcaps on it look awful...

http://www.tuningcars.de/index.php?action=view&nav=5&CID=69&RID=925

And going back to the original car that Turboned posted, well, some of it I don't like, but suffice to say if it were offered to me at a good price I'd certainly take it!

At the end of the day, one thing does stand out to me when it comes to 'styling'. Like any fashion, whatever is the 'in' style now, will go out of date at some point. Some aftermarket kits like the Hormann have a look all of their own, and as such manage to stay fashionable as they are unique. But there is a big price to pay for that uniqueness, and it very much goes to show that with body kits you really do get what you pay for. The cheaper kits, well, just look cheap!

But look how good a bog standard mk1 or mk2 turbo looks just as it did the day it came off the production line. They are almost timeless, and yes, becoming classics in their own right. About the only modification I'd do to a turbo would be to maybe put on a set of aftermarket wheels, but carefully chosen so that they are in keeping with the era and character (i.e. DEFINITELY no chrome or spinner wheels!)

Perhaps as well, I'd even go for the sleeper look like Louie is going for on his mk1 sleeper project. Clean and smooth on the outside, possibly lowered and on some nice alloys but minus the sideskirts and wheel arch extensions though keeping the turbo front bumper. I'd also keep the turbo tailgate as it is actually quite subtle. Any big changes I'd make would be to the engine (nicely built turbo lump, or go crazy and fit a 16v FIRE engine) and also the suspension (uprated, slightly lowered).

Hey, hang on a minute! My mk1 has a turbo tailgate, turbo anti-roll bar, no body kit (but will have an SX front bumper soon), and will (when I get round to it) have a set of period alloys off an X1/9. I also plan on fitting a bigger FIRE engine. Seems I'm already going down the minimalist/ sleeper route already :p

Mind you, I keep looking on Ebay and seeing these turbos come up for sale and seriously think about wrecking my student budget...

I blame Bushboy. It's all his fault for taking me for a brief spin in the mk1 turbo he owned for all of 23 minutes :D

Gotta love the Unos (y)
 
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there you go, please ignore all the crap surrounding it......

btw started first time...bonus!!!! poor baby took her for a very slow gentle pootle round the private driveway at rear of house, steering is a damn sight heavier than i remember!
 

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turboned said:
there you go, please ignore all the crap surrounding it......

btw started first time...bonus!!!! poor baby took her for a very slow gentle pootle round the private driveway at rear of house, steering is a damn sight heavier than i remember!

Might need air in your tyres. By the way what year are you gona start restoring the tub??? lol Wouldnt it be cool if you could go back in time and bring a brand new uno turbo back to the future :D

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You can still buy them NEW in south african!!
same as mk1 golfs

The germans should just stick to what they know best because there is no other country on the planet that can touch italian styling!

As far as im concerned, the Uno itself is just there to house a little gem of an engine!
i would gladly go round in mk2 45 shell with a seriously worked mk2 engine underneath!

i always get this on other forums about how the uno looks, i just tell them to get a picture of the back of one because thats all your gona see!! (within reason)

And its not a 206 or clio.........................
 
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