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Currently testing one of these; kinda girly, what with the folding metal roof and all, but the 200 horsepower turbo four gets you to 100 kmh (60 mph) only one second slower than if you were driving a Phase III GTHO.
Interesting to drive in the wet, when – driven in a certain manner – traction control kicks in every 90 seconds or so. It’s like ice skating with someone who constantly regains her footing milliseconds before the rink is face-planted. The heated seats are outrageous; you could cook veal on them. Raise or lower the roof at traffic lights and kids will think you’re driving a Transformer. Full review shortly.
(Note: Wikipedia entry linked above is almost certain not to have been tampered with by Kevin Rudd’s staff.)
gets you to 100 kmh (60 mph) only one second slower than if you were driving a Phase III GTHO
at which time you will be some distance behind me in my new 6-litre V8 carbon generator — 0-100 kmh in 5.6 secs.
You’re welcome to take it for a drive, Tim, any time you are in SEQ. Maybe we can arrange something for Blog Action Day?
That 2.0T engine is great, but I’ll take one in a GTI, thank you very much. I actually just recently bought a new VW Rabbit (the “new” name for the Golf in the US, which is actually resurrecting the name they used here for the Mk1 Golf) with a 150HP 5-banger derived from the Lamborghini Gallardo’s V10. Not quite up to the level of the GTI, but it’s got most of the nice interior features (including the seat heaters) and I can actually afford to drive it.
Fans of Top Gear would be aware of the importance of the Golf GTI. Clarkson voted for it as the car of the 20th century.
Wouldn’t mind one myself. Like the balance between straight-line performance and handling. The real art of driving is in the corners.
“Seat heaters?” Eat a mooseburger and heat them yourself. And give your VW to your high school daughter.Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 26 at 04:13 AM • permalink
I know what you mean. Here’s a different one.Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 26 at 04:33 AM • permalink
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- You will not hear the ABC whingeing about the NYT staffer (unknown!) who put trash into the entries for George bush and Condoleeza rice at Wikipedia. But if it comes from the coalition (even to delete trash), you’re gonna know about it!
Some animals are more equal than others.
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Very few of those turbo fours actually hit the road with the 200 horses, most dealers now work a little ECU magic and give them considerably more than that.
But the most fun VW’s are the little V6 AWD ones, got one of those myself, and with the wet weather in SEQ lately spent all week driving around scaring the crap out of V8’s
It may be quick but would it pull a priest off a choir boy? Hmmm – would it?Posted by surfmaster on 2007 08 26 at 05:59 AM • permalink
Negative. You would need one of these.Posted by dean martin on 2007 08 26 at 06:14 AM • permalink
German Engineering vs Man of No Appearance
VW GTi? Mine was a ‘79, with all the options, although my mechanic insisted I’d be happier if he installed a Weber Big Throat. I was.
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 08 26 at 02:09 PM • permalink
I stuck a Nissan Armada in soft ground because the traction control, sensing wheelspin, kept cutting the power just as I was about to rock it out of the ruts.
So I had to the turn traction control off to get traction. *shrugs*
As for heated seats, males in loose pants should use caution. Certain thermostatic, er, changes occur while you’re seated on such a warm surfsce, and if you slide yourself out of the car too fast, you could suffer a, uh, rollover.Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 08 27 at 09:38 AM • permalink
I think he meant that as a compliment.
Maybe I’m taking his words out of context…