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Order The New VW Polo GTI From €23,950 In Germany [74 Images] 13
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, new cars, prices, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen has started taking preliminary orders for the 2018 Polo GTI in Germany.

Building upon the sixth-gen supermini, the range-topping model has a €23,950 ($28,159) starting price, making it just €600 ($705) more expensive than one of its main rivals, the Renault Clio RS.

The 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI is a lot of car for the money, as it sports a more aggressive design, rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with specific sports seats that are dressed with the legendary ‘Clark’ plaid pattern, among other.

Optional extras include 18-inch alloy wheels, a first for the hot Polo, LED headlights, adjustable sports running gear, a panoramic sliding sunroof which claims to be the largest in the segment, a 300-watt Beats premium sound system, digital instrument cluster, and numerous driver assistance systems.

However, beneath the new sheet metal is where the action takes place. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, sourced from the previous-gen Golf GTI, is delivering 200PS (197hp) and 320Nm (236lb-ft) of torque. Paired to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the new Polo GTI takes 6.7sec for the classic 0-100km/h (62mph), before maxing out at 237km/h (147mph).

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Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10 Or VW Up!: Which City Car Would You Go For? 12
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai i10, Hyundai Videos, reviews, Suzuki, Suzuki Celerio, Suzuki Videos, video, VW Up, VW Videos on 12 12th, 2017


City cars often offer exactly what you pay for in terms of design, comfort, interior space and engines, but where do three of the most popular models stand?

To answer this question, CarWow took the Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai i10, and Volkswagen Up! out for a test, the results of which may come as a surprise to some of you.

Okay, it may not be the most exciting video, but it’s definitely worth a look, considering their affordability. The Celerio starts at £7,500 ($10,037) in the United Kingdom, followed by the i10 at under £9,000 ($12,045) and Up!, at over £9,000 ($12,045), so the first one definitely wins the budget segment.

However, the Suzuki is not the most exciting car of the three, with a dull exterior design and a very cheap interior. Still, it beats the other two with good legroom at the back.

The i10, on the other hand, has best in-car storage, but it pales next to the Up!, whose interior is nice and airy, and comes with a system that turns the user’s phone into an infotainment system. Boot space is nearly the same in all three cars, with extra points going to Volkswagen, again, for the adjustable floor.

Overtaking another vehicle on the motorway will take quite some time in all three cars, but Volkswagen’s Up! does come with a turbocharged engine on request, though, having a turbo will significantly affect your fuel economy, so you’d better give that a second thought.

It appears that the German city car is the best here, but is it enough to make you want one, or would you rather make a fashion statement with the Fiat 500? Don’t forget that the larger and more practical Dacia Sandero falls into the same price range too.

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Kia Stinger Vs Civic Type R, Focus RS And Golf R Is An Odd Battle 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 2nd, 2017


The guys from Drive set out to pick the best performance car under AUD $60,000 (USD $45,434), and they chose four distinct vehicles to do so.

What they brought were the Ford Focus RS Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, three hot hatches that need no further introduction.

However, the Kia Stinger Si is the fourth addition, as it has a starting price that falls within the AUD $60k budget, 365 horsepower and 510 Newton-meters (376lb-ft) of torque from a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine.

Granted, the Kia Stinger is not a direct rival to the rest of the group as it is larger and competes against four-door premium compact coupes such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe – plus it’s rear-wheel drive.

This alone might be enough to make enthusiasts favor it over the super hatchbacks, but can it challenge them as a performance machine? There’s only one way to find out: just check out the following video.

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Rare VW Beetle RSi V6 Thrashed Around The ‘Ring 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, video, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 12 1st, 2017


When it comes to unicorns from within the Volkswagen Group, the exceptionally rare Beetle RSi is unquestionably one of the most intriguing.

Built for just two years between 2001 and 2003 and restricted to 250 examples worldwide, the Beetle RSi has a 3.2-liter VR6 engine shoehorned under the hood. Delivering a total of 221 hp, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the ground through all four wheels.

Just in case the engine note wasn’t enough of a giveaway that the vehicle isn’t just an ordinary Beetle, VW designed a custom bodykit for the car, including revised front and rear fascias, new side skirts, wheel arches, and a large rear wing.

A few days ago, one of these rare Beetle’s was taken out of hibernation by its owner and brought to the famous Nurburgring.

The driver took the track quite gingerly but that’s no surprise because when new, the Beetle RSi sold for roughly $80,000 in Europe!

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Facelifted VW Golf GTI TCR 345HP Racer Ready For The 2018 Season 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, racing, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Videos on 12 1st, 2017


The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR paid a visit to the plastic surgeon, where it received a new front end that resembles that of the facelifted road-legal model.

Presented at the 2017 Essen Motor Show in Germany, where it will be on display until December 10, the racer is ready for the 2018 season., with improved downforce and cooling, and less drag.

Mechanically, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR remains unchanged. This means that beneath that 40cm (16in) wider body than the production model lies the Group’s MQB platform, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that’s shared with the Golf R.

The unit makes 350PS (345hp) and 420Nm (310lb-ft) of torque, and allows this track-only Golf GTI to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph) in 5.2 seconds.

Expected to carry a price tag of €90,000, which equals to $106,852 at today’s exchange rates, the updated racer wants to continue the success of its predecessor, which won the TCR Class in the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and proved itself several times in the TCR International Series.

“The new look for the Golf GTI TCR resulted from close cooperation with Volkswagen Design. This helps us to underline just what a close relationship exists between the production model and the racing version“, said VW’s Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets. “For example, the engine comes directly from series production, and only requires minimal adjustment for competitive racing. This is proof that the Golf GTI provides the perfect foundation for our customer racing cars.”

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After 43 Years, The VW Golf Is Still The Prototypical Hatchback 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in video, VW, VW Golf, VW Videos on 11 28th, 2017


There are few automotive nameplates that have been around as long – or sold as many – as the Volkswagen Golf. That makes it a prime candidate for the Evolution treatment from Donut Media, and that’s just what we have here.

VW’s best-selling model and one of the most produced automobiles in the world, the Golf was originally introduced way back in 1974 as the more conventional replacement to the Beetle.

Conventional, we should say, as we now think of it, because the Golf was one of the pioneers of the hatchback bodystyle – arriving just two years after the original Honda Civic hit the scene.

Of course the Golf also gave us the GTI, hands down the progenitor of the modern hot hatch and the standard by which all others are compared. Even that’s been upstaged by the Golf R, but those are just a couple of the variants we’ve seen over the years.

These days you’ll find Golfs with three doors or five, chopped into a convertible, and stretched into a wagon. The Jetta sedan is closely related, as is the neo-retro Beetle the Golf originally replaced – not to mention the Audi A3 in all its many flavors.

The influence of the VW Golf on the industry, then, can hardly be overstated. And you can watch it all evolve in front of your eyes in this latest clip.

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NSFW – VW Arteon’s Practicality Tested Using A Young Woman In Ukraine 26
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, reviews, Ukraine, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017


Amateur car reviews never get old, even if they are in a foreign language that we might not understand, such as Russian.

Take this video, for example, which was shot by an enthusiastic Volkswagen Arteon driver, who went the extra mile trying to point out some of the strong things of his new temporary ride and found a way to attract viewers.

What he did was use his Ukrainian girlfriend, making her lie down in the trunk with the rear seats folded, proving that the cargo capacity of the CC’s successor is more than generous to haul a young brunette.

Throughout the 20-minute long clip, the man films his girlfriend in various ways next to the Arteon, some of which are quite spicy, so you may want to avoid hitting the play button at work.

The new Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t get shipped with a mail order bride, but it does carry a rather steep price of almost €50,000 in Germany, which equals to $58,850 at current exchange rates. That’s for the entry-level gasoline version, which is very close to premium territory, as a new Mercedes-Benz CLS starts at €54,800 ($64,499) in its homeland.

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Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017


Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.

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The VW Golf MK2 GTI Is Still Everything You Like In A Hot Hatch 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Videos on 11 25th, 2017


The original gave its name to a whole segment, but for many people it was the second generation that really cemented the legend of the Golf GTI.

Combining the everyday usability with a proper enthusiastic character on the road, the MK2 GTI was an irresistible car at the time, paving the way for the numerous hot hatches that followed.

It took Andrew Tucker three years of searching to find an original, unmodified Golf GTI, after the first one he owned fell victim to fire. His connection with the GTI goes a long way back, when his father used to drive him in his GTI.

“It harkens back to my childhood, but it’s also a very usable car,” Tucker told Petrolicious. “It’s not perfect, but it’s perfectly usable, and I think that’s what I love about these cars most of all.”

His determination to keep his 16-valve GTI as original as possible shows the amount of respect he has for this special hatchback. “The car is completely original minus the suspension rebuild: original interior, original 15-inch BBS RA alloys, still running the original clutch, engine, and gearbox,” Tucker adds. “Part of the beauty of this car is that it’s been preserved, not modified”.

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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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VW Arteon Makes Drag Racing Debut Against BMW 5er In Confusing Manner 23
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 5-Series, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, video, VW, VW Arteon, VW Videos on 11 23rd, 2017


Going head to head in this standing start drag race is a VW Arteon R-Line powered by a 2.0-liter engine, and an old BMW 5-Series F10, powered by a 3.0-liter petrol unit.

Unfortunately that’s all the information we get as we’re left to interpret exactly what cars are being raced against each other.

Now, since this event takes place somewhere in Eastern Europe, we can safely assume that the 3.0-liter petrol-powered 5-Series is either a 535i (less likely), a 530i, a 528i or a 523i. Meanwhile, the Arteon is either the 280 PS flagship or the 190 PS TSI model.

Another way to figure out which versions we’re looking at is by interpreting the results. Without giving anything away, we’ll say that if the Arteon is indeed the 280 PS turbocharged model, then that F10 5-Series can only be a 530i (272 PS) or a 528i (258 PS).

If it’s the 190 PS Arteon, then the presence of a 523i (204 PS) could also explain the outcome of the race if you factor in how the F10 BMW 5-Series is a slightly heavier car than the much-newer VW Arteon.

Note: Best to turn the volume down on your speakers for this one. The race was filmed with an extremely noisy drone

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850HP Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 Is Pure Madness On Wheels 19
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 11 19th, 2017


The hot hatch kings, namely the Audi RS3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A45, pale next to this heavily tuned sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf R.

To explain just how powerful it is, one would need to throw in a modern day supercar to challenge it, and even then, there’s a good chance that the German hot hatch would come out on top.

Filmed during a Race1000 event in Germany, which has brought forward several magnificent machines over these past few months, this Golf R is said to pack as much as 850 horsepower. Its stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was reportedly swapped with a 3.6-liter bi-turbo unit, and it appears that it’s also fitted with additional upgrades, including a tuned suspension and improved brakes.

Its owner added a roll cage and a pair of bucket seats inside, but except for these, the rest of the car appears to be untouched.

The tuned Golf R was raced against the clock during the event, and it eventually ran down the half mile in 17 seconds, at a top speed of 255km/h (155mph).

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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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VW Boss Slams Tesla Saying It Sells Few Cars And Burns Through Money 23
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Tesla, video, VW, VW Videos on 10 23rd, 2017


Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Muller has hit out at Tesla, asserting that the electric carmaker isn’t a social responsible brand and burns through millions of dollars.
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