By the 1980 Flug had a lineup of 3 chassis with a total of 7 car trims available, 3 engines to share among them, and that posed a few options on how to proceed further. Option number one was to concentrate on expanding the lineup, diving even deeper into loans on new factory and equipment, but broadening the market appeal, but producing outdated cars. Option number two was to concentrate on updating and upgrading the factory floor and tech they were producing, and while the market share and the freshness of the cars would diminish, the next step forward would be a huge leap. Viktor, being of Kraft Haus Technik decided that quality would trump quantity, and issued an order on updating the company.
While the designers and engineers were busy re-tooling the factory floors, updating the existing engines and chassis, the marketing department has removed the Glide from the list of cars available in 1982, as it was no longer generating any income. With it, went the KHT based V8, the 5 liter colossus that had all the soul and history a car could ever need, but was so outdated that it was not welcome even in the United States. This naturally dropped the Osprey Phoenix off the board aswell, since it used the v8 to power itself.
Osprey facelift Mk2
The white colour was gaining popularity in the 80s.
The facelift of the Osprey has touched up on the headlights and taillights, introduced a few more colours into the Flug palette, including finally white, which was growing popular, dubbed “Rabbit white”. The suspension received new settings as well as wider tires and alloy wheels as standard. The brake pads were upgraded to work well with the new found grip, and in the rear - an optional LSD differential was helping keep things under control.
The new taillights were introduced in 84
For the purpose of keeping Phoenix trim the E10 engine was updated to 2.2 liters, by use of new pistons (Now hypereutectic cast) and crankshaft (still steel, but with different stroke), and a new set of more aggressive camshafts. The RPM limit was raised to 6600, fueling and timing settings changed to fit the new setup. The exhaust was finished off with new headers (short cast), a new 3 way catalytic converter for better flow and overall a bigger diameter piping. This allowed the power to climb to 150hp and 178nm. Short of the v8’s output, it was still decent enough to propell the car to 100kph in 7.7 seconds, a downgrade from 7.2. In exhange the fuel consumption was only 15 liters / 100 km instead of previous 20. The other plus side that the v6 Osprey Phoenix was noticeably cheaper than it’s v8 predecessor
Only basic changes were done to the Hummingbird in 84
Keeping the car fresh was not the idea of the Hummingbird facelift, it was rather removing all the unnecessary and expensive technology from the car, so the first to go were the flip open headlights, brainchild of Noto design studio, now replaced by conventional headlights. A few minor changes occured, now that there was no need for extra blinkers and running lights on the bumpers, and the fog lamps were updated. All in all the car did not change much, but did save a bit of money and actually improved on reliability. The engine was not changed in any way, still a 0.9 liter inline 3, producing exactly the same amount of power as when it first saw light. Phoenix team, however saw this opportunity to change out the 1.8 liter v6 from the base Osprey with the new and improved 2.2 liter.
The wider stance of the Phoenx version is an easy giveaway of it’s actual performance
The Phoenix Hummingbird in it’s facelift form was a beastly little car that proved too difficult for a lot of drivers, it was an uncompromising 2 seater with 150 horsepower v6 in the front, designed for only one purpose - giggles and laughs on a b-road. The suspension was firmed up and new antiroll bars were introduced to deal with the heft of the engine on the front axle. While the original 1.8 liter was a sports hatchback, this was a giant killer. Pushing the power through a 4 speed manual transmission and a limited slip diff, the 800 kilo car accelerated to 100 kph in 6.7 seconds, and reached nearly 200 kph flat out. Brakes from the Osprey helped stop the Hummingbird more effectively, replacing the drum rear brakes found in the standard car, this was helped (along with cornering and acceleration) by the enormously wide 215mm tires on 14inch alloy wheels. The car was not very successful, mostly due to the fact that it placed the HOT bit way before the HATCH, and was not usable in day to day life like any of the competitors could be. It did however put Flug on the map, with the reviewers going crazy about the performance.
Addition of the small roof spoiler helped keep the car in check at high speeds.
1985 Venom Concept
In 1985 Flug finally moved into the new territory, presenting the Venom concept. The mid engined small sportscar was powered by the 1.8 v6 just so it could move on it’s own power, and featured a full steel bodywork with steel spaceframe beneath it. There was no interior to speak of and the whole car was little more than a rolling chassis. Flug was just testing the waters for potential clients with the design, and it showed that the market for the futuristic design is there. The car was scheduled to start production in 1987
(B25/S84) 1984 Osprey (Entry level sedan, RWD)
E10V18 85hp / 119nm, 1789cc v6, SOHC 2v, MFI. 91 Ron
11.2sec / 155kph / 33.6m / 0.95G / 10.9L 100km
(B25S84) 1984 Osprey Phoenix (High performance sports sedan)
E10V22 : 150hp / 178nm, 2204cc v6, SOHC 2v, MFI. 91 Ron
7.7 s / 190kph / 32.2m / 1.03g / 14.9 L
(C20/H84) 1984 Hummingbird (Economy level 5dr hatchback, FWD)
E05V09 41hp / 57nm, 894cc i3, SOHC 2v, MFI. 91 Ron
20.4 sec / 136kph / 34.4m / 0.87G / 9.8L
(C20/H84) 1984 Phoenix Hummingbird (Economy level sports hatchback, FWD)
E10V22 : 150hp / 178nm, 2204cc v6, SOHC 2v, MFI. 91 Ron
6.7 sec / 192kph / 30.4m / 1.09g / 14.1L
Note : as Flug is my “play to see if the game works / report bugs and missing features” kind of ehm…playthrough, I decided to not wait on more big sedan bodies to be introduced in the 80s, and went with the “updates all round and sportscars for 90’s” kind of thing.