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Old 06-26-2013, 05:54 PM   #76
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:10 AM   #77
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Love the weight reduction and the power increase, but this look plain like the Jetta and I coulnd't believe you could make wheels looks worst than the ones on the MK6 but they did!
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #78
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I actually like the Mk VI wheels, the phone dials are pretty cool to me. I also like the wheels on the white car above.

What is wrong with them? Not concave or herrafrush enough for ya?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:40 AM   #79
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June 2014...BUT I WANT IT NOW!
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #80
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I actually like the Mk VI wheels, the phone dials are pretty cool to me. I also like the wheels on the white car above.

What is wrong with them? Not concave or herrafrush enough for ya?
I like the wheels also. They are different but fit the car. After watching the MKVII video, i'm not super impressed with the exterior. I wish they would have just done the lighter weight and increased HP to the current body style.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:37 PM   #81
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Will USA version get adjustable suspension via the Nav screen? That's top-tier gadgetry.

Nice to hear the manual gearbox is a smooth-shifter.

SCRAPPY, your thoughts on the R tranny?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:47 PM   #82
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My guess would be no to the fancy suspension to control costs.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:30 PM   #83
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My thoughts on the transmission...
First it plops into every single gear without any hesitation or resistance. That includes going into reverse when cold in the garage (WRX people you know what I mean). You can down shift it easily into any gear, even first without coming to almost a complete stop.

Having said that, 1st gear is very short. You can inch forward with the foot off the gas at 4 mph in 1st and the car will not lug or lurch or hiccup at all, it is just smooth as silk. I cannot tell you how valuable this is in traffic.

The throws are shorter than a stock WRX. But longer than a kartboy equipped WRX.
The shifter never resists going into any gear on up shifts or down shifts. It has a creamy quality to it that settles well into its gate. While in the gate there is some movement, but it is well damped and there is no side to side slop. The shift knob feels good to the hand and has many textures that welcome your palm to sit on it. The reach and placement in the car is natural and never feels out of place. The height is spot on to work with the adjustable armrest between the front seats whether you have it adjusted low as it will go for track duty or spirited driving, or high for a nice soft arm rest on LONG trips.

The ratios are well spaced but the torque band of the DI 2.0 liter TSI engine is just a mid range torque monster. You can short shift it and still fall flat into the meat of the torque band.

On the stock tune the car pulls almost seamlessly going from 1st through 4th gear with the powerband and gear box working well together.

I am not a shifter snob. I do not think that one shfiter feel fits all cars. Some like the feel of a bolt action rifle in their shifter with absolutely Zero compliance or slop. In the Golf R I think that would be out of place. The R shifter is worlds better than older VW shifters that offered zero feel. The shifter in my 2006 STI was a great shifter that walked the pefect line between being tight and controlled and cushioned against NVH. But it fell a bit more on the side of tight and controlled. The golf R does a similiar act, but falls more on the side of cushioned. Movements are deliberate and easy without any drama once you get her in gear.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #84
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:56 AM   #85
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lol..not impressed. edit

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Old 11-20-2013, 08:48 AM   #86
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If you were considering a GTI, you would not be change your mind and buy a Cayman.
There are like 300 cars in between the two.

Its like going out shopping for a BRZ, but change your mind and buy a Land Rover.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:20 AM   #87
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^Well, in fairness, a week and a half ago I went out to return an empty beer keg (from my home draft setup ) and came back with a 2014 GTI Wolfsburg.........and a full keg of 7% abv Berkshire Brewing Company Scotch Ale.......It was a solid afternoon.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:28 AM   #88
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yeah, I would say that is a gold letter day.

What does the wolfsburg get you silver?
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:34 AM   #89
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lol..not impressed. as always. still fwd and still an inadequate platform as far as drivetrain and engine potential. driven plenty even the gasp 11k dog option when first offered. if i were considering a decently optioned gti i would go ahead and put myself on the couch for a little bit and spring for the cayman


Anyway, that Renault is an attractive car. Too bad the US probably won't accept French cars back.

If VW can make a semi-reliable machine, the new GTI would be a great value it seems.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #90
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yeah, I would say that is a gold letter day.

What does the wolfsburg get you silver?
Just a fancy name for what is now the base model for the small amount of 2014's that will be made. In the couple of months the 2014 will be made/on the lots, there will only be Wolfsburgs and Driver's Editions of the GTI, to close out the MKVI model. It comes with the 18" Laguna wheels with Pirelli P Zero Nero ultra high performance all-seasons, special shift knob, small red stripes on the outside of the seatbelts, special black and silver metal interior trim with a light hexagon/honeycomb pattern (same as the Driver's Edition), small storage drawer on the left side of the steering wheel area (like Europe gets), and multi-function leather steering wheel.

I just went in to the dealership to poke around and talk to service about my squeeking driver's seat in my 2012 GLI, and ended up talking to a sales guy as it was really slow in there. They had never met my price/payment/deal numbers before and initially didn't this time either. I ended saying I was probably going to buy another GTI or a Subaru WRX sooner or later, before the new 2015 models came out. I thanked him for his time and left, going downstairs to the service department. I waited there for a while and then the sales guy came down and stated that for that day only, to keep me in a VW, they would get to my numbers. I really liked the GLI, it was a great car for me, but the GTI just feels smaller and more nimble, which it is, and I just always have a love of hatchbacks.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #91
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Great story, good for sticking to your guns man!!!
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:22 PM   #92
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:11 PM   #93
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This new swath of brake assisted turning will prove a nightmare for track rats. Fluid changes and brake usage is going to be the norm now. I wonder how fast brakes will end up over heating and going to the floor now even with better pads/fluid. A 15 minute track session could produce some crazy high temps.
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