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    1. 02-09-2020 01:45 PM #1
      I've become an R53 MINI fanboy and I like how the rev-counter is positioned singularly in front of the driver.



      I'll be the first to admit that with these older MINI's there's a sort of toy-town vibe in certain aspects, plus some goofy design choices with the most grievous being examples of fashion-over-function, but as an overall package it all becomes something lovable for me at least.

      Anyway,
      I'd like to see more examples of factory solo pod tachs in application.

      I realize that many classics have traditionally featured the tach in center,
      most obviously the Porsche 911,
      or older Alfas:



      But what I'm interested in seeing is the variant involving the singular solo pod style.

      Please post pix of any you are aware of,
      thanks.

      One of the earliest examples I can find is on the Alfetta GTV's of the 1970's.



      The Renault Twingo has one,
      here's a hot Gordini version:





      The regular Twingo had a different tach:



      I really like the typeface of that one as it recalls classic VDO, and in both examples I like how the numbers graduate from small to large.

      And,
      recently discovered that the Plymouth Prowler featured this design as well.

      I find it rather odd that they opted for a straightup AutoMeter, but I suppose it adds to the vintage hot rod ambiance.

      "The tachometer is the only instrument directly ahead of the driver; the huge AutoMeter tach has a strapped-on look, emerging from a hole cut into the standard corporate steering column."

      https://www.allpar.com/model/prowler.html


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      02-09-2020 02:30 PM #3
      Might be cheating, however with a lot of cars now you can choose what's in the center. With the 10th gen Civic Si (maybe some of the lower trims as well?) you can choose GPS, Tach, G meter, Audio, fuel economy, and a few other things.

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    5. 02-09-2020 02:47 PM #4
      Z8 is interesting layout to say the least,
      what a stunning car it is.

      Alpina added a drivers line-sight "solo pod".




      Quote Originally Posted by Biff Beltsander View Post
      Might be cheating, however with a lot of cars now you can choose what's in the center. With the 10th gen Civic Si (maybe some of the lower trims as well?) you can choose GPS, Tach, G meter, Audio, fuel economy, and a few other things.

      True.

      It's a cool feature too.

      The new Si tach you posted reminded me of the 8th gen Si,
      what a great design.



      Ferrari 488 has a similar design, both it and the Honda are more along the lines of "kombi-instrument" as opposed to "solo pod" though.



      And,
      on another note --- has anyone here ever driven one of those old muscle cars with the hood mount tach?


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      02-09-2020 02:49 PM #5
      [QUOTE=stiggy-pug;114106167]
      True.

      It's a cool feature too.

      The new Si tach you posted reminded me of the 8th gen Si,
      what a great design.

      I felt the 8th gen Si was an overall very good car. Never owned or driven one, however.
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      02-09-2020 08:22 PM #6
      S2K comes to mind.



      Same with the first and only gen CRZ


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      02-09-2020 08:40 PM #7
      The 2nd gen RX-7 had the tach front and center:



      3rd gen too:

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      02-09-2020 09:11 PM #10
      I'm a huge fan of this style of layout— particularly when the tach is completely solo'd. The simplicity and purpose inspires me tremendously, as someone who designs modern instrument clusters.

      I'm confident that once the digital clusters are completely ubiquitous (5yrs til every rental car has one), we'll start to see analog 'statement' clusters.

      The McLaren Mp4-12c (& 650S), although flanked by multi-purpose digital displays, is appropriately focused

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      02-09-2020 10:30 PM #11
      RPM is so irrelevant.



      OK. Maybe I'll go with this:



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      I'd pay more than a few bucks to have this layout in the Golf R.

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      02-10-2020 12:40 AM #13
      The Abarth 124 Spider has a great gauge cluster, with a center mounted tach in red.

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      02-10-2020 03:06 AM #14
      I love center-mounted tachometers, analog the better. The three cars I've ever bought with my own money - '13 WRX STI, ND Miata, 911 - has it.

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      02-10-2020 07:56 AM #15
      Twins have it.

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      02-10-2020 10:32 AM #19
      Mark 4 Supra had it. Not shown here are the usual 15 aftermarket gages for boost, fuel temp, rice cooker timer, etc.:


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      02-10-2020 10:41 AM #20
      The MR2 spyder had a center mounted tach.

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    23. 02-10-2020 11:23 AM #22
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      Awesome replies so far everyone,
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      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post



      Wow!
      Didn't think of those!

      The Impala especially I like.

      Most definitely the earliest example I've seen of the "solo pod" style in factory application.

      :

      There aren't many examples of the singular solo pod tach all by itself at focal point it seems.

      The Daihatsu Boon X4 had a solo pod, but it is offset instead of centralized:



      The Lotus 340R had a double pod style which is pretty cool especially for use of Stack brand gauges.




      Similar to the MR2 Spyder style posted above,
      a Nismo Z:



      Another similar design like that is the TRD version for Vitz:



      TRD also had a solo pod variant for the Vitz:



    24. 02-13-2020 06:26 AM #23
      The vintage Fiat Abarth 850 TC Nurburgring Corsa had a neat layout:



      :

      The nuovo Fiat 500 has a solo pod, but it was a multifuction unit and to my eye quite convoluted and busy with the rev-counter being a bit too slim and almost lost amongst the visual clutter,
      I suppose you'd get used to it though.



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      02-13-2020 10:24 AM #25
      surprised this hasn't been posted



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