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Abarth Cars => Abarth Grande Punto => Topic started by: AlexK on November 23, 2008, 05:47:46 pm

Title: The puzzle of the door shutline
Post by: AlexK on November 23, 2008, 05:47:46 pm
Something's puzzling me.

Why does the GPA's door shutline cut into the windscreen pillar and part of the roof?

Not exactly critical to medical science, I grant you, but I was puzzling over it while washing bird crap off it earlier. 

Surely it's more expensive to engineer that way.  It doesn't reduce wind noise, or improve the weather seal*, and I can't see that it can be to improve headroom, since there's tons already.

I thought maybe it's to prevent the doors from jamming in a crash, but the 500 has a conventional shutline, so it's probably not that.

Any ideas?

(* incidentally, I think when Tom Ford complained that his test car leaked, he actually meant there were a couple of drops left on the rubber seal from when he opened the door.  The water on the roof always pours in when I get in the car.)
Title: Re: The puzzle of the door shutline
Post by: John501 on November 23, 2008, 07:39:02 pm
It probably does have something to do with the crash tests, but i'm just guessing.
Title: Re: The puzzle of the door shutline
Post by: magicmole on November 23, 2008, 07:39:42 pm
It drops into the boot when you open that as well. :(
Title: Re: The puzzle of the door shutline
Post by: Ryan on November 28, 2008, 11:47:13 am
Never noticed that until now, I couldn't even hazard a guess myself.

I guess the Italians haven't thought of places where it rains a lot then, typical  ::)