Finally, all the Govt officials were more than impressed, and VW will apply for tenders next year.
The Syncro will be available in either single or twin-cab pickup, Kombi or Caravelle.
It is also the safest of the people movers, with noticeably more sheet metal and legroom ahead of the driver and front-seat passenger than any of the Japanese family vans.
Traction…it will move over the traditional rough 4WD terrain with ease, but you can’t expect it to crawl over logs and boulders at low speeds, because of its different design.
The rear wheels need to be spinning before the system engages power to the front wheels, so a totally opposite driving style is necessary.
The Kombi has been around since before people-movers got the name, or became a cult, but the big German remains the one that started it all.
And the one which, dynamically, still sets the pace.
But on the top-line GL Caravelle you do get velour seat trimming, a good sound system and central door locking.
The test vehicle was also fitted with an optional three-speed automatic transmission, and you can add a sunroof, air conditioning and various paint choices.Pedal to the metal through loose stuff to get the back wheels spinning.This can be hair raising at times, especially going over crests.The only significant differences are in the engine bay at the back.The familiar four-cylinder boxer engine has been enlarged to 2109cc and, with fuel injection and water-cooling, the ULP power plant develops more power than the old 1.9-litre motor.A 4WD Syncro Drive Volkswagen’s Seven-Seater Caravelle The WBX 6Not As The Maker Intended Trakka Syncro-nisation Kombi On Road To Big Van Assault Kombi Makes a Comeback Trakka Vans Attract The Fans VW’s New T4 Bus South African Muscle Bus VW Is Back With A Vengeance RHD T4 Caravelle The New Volkswagen T4 Transporter T4 Caravelle Road Test Syncronicity - Bus mit Allradantrieb Syncro Kombis at the Range Rover Test Area How does VW’s Syncro viscous coupling work? VW T3 Caravelle Syncro VW T4 Caravelle CT / CZ engines High Mileage VW Shuttle Series 3 Transporter Design Points New T5 Transporter VW Caravelle V6Autobahn surprise VW California set for Australia By Stephen Muller December 1985Last month at the general meeting I discussed a recent test drive of VW’s new toy…the 4WD Syncro Transporter.