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2018 VW Golf R: Too User-Friendly For Its Own Good? 18
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 01 18th, 2018

Most motoring enthusiasts have always favored the Volkswagen Golf GTI over the competition, but in recent years the ante has been upped considerably to the point that 300 horsepower is now the admission ticket to the super hatch niche.

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Insane FWD VW Golf GTI Mk3 Runs 1/4 Mile In 8.53 Seconds 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI, VW Videos on 01 9th, 2018


Remember when 10-second cars were exotics or heavily tuned Japanese models with all-wheel drive?

Well, things have changed, because this insanely-modified Volkswagen Golf GTI of the Mk3 generation, literally blew its front door off while running the quarter-mile in a blistering 8.53sec.

That’s faster than a Bugatti Veyron, but the time posted isn’t even close to what appears to be the 1/4 mile record for front-wheel drive cars, which was allegedly set by a Volkswagen Gol last year, in Brazil, after completing the run in 7.7 seconds, at 301km/h (187mph), or 19km/h (12mph) faster than this Golf GTI.

Nevertheless, an insane amount of work went into this old hot hatch and the owner was kind enough to pop the hood for a few brief seconds and talk about some of the upgrades.

These include a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, and plenty of effort put into the aerodynamic and weight distribution. New suspension was added too, along with better brakes, racing seats with six-point harness, and roll cage, in case things go bad.

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VW Previews Its 2018 Product Plans With A Movie Trailer 4
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Film, video, VW, VW Concepts, VW Videos on 01 4th, 2018


If VW’s agenda for 2018 was turned into a movie script, it would probably get directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

What we mean by that is we can expect a mixture of twists and turns regarding multiple segments, from quick city cars to crossovers, to all-electric race cars.

The first major bit of news comes from the SUV segment, where the all-new 3rd-generation Touareg will make its world premiere this spring, at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The new Touareg is said to borrow heavily from the T-Prime Concept GTE, so it should look more dynamic than its predecessor.

What will follow will be a rather busy couple of months where we’ll see the new Jetta and T-Cross roll out, followed by a new I.D model and as well as an all-electric race car aimed at tackling the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event in Colorado.

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VW Golf R Mk6 With 800HP Runs 1/2 Mile In 18 Seconds! 30
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 30th, 2017


For hot hatch fans, Volkswagen Golfs don’t get much cooler than the range-topping ‘R’ version.

As we have learned over the years, these can be heavily tuned to the point where they breathe in the neck of true supercars, such as this one that was filmed during a half-mile event in Germany.

Apart from some minor visual tweaks, there isn’t really anything that gives any indication that it’s a true powerhouse, so what we’re looking at here is a true sleeper, one that can run the 1/2 mile in just 18,655 seconds, reaching a top speed of 256,031km/h (159.09mph).

According to the video’s description, the sixth-gen Golf R tuned by Turbo Technik Sami features an R32 engine fitted with R30 turbochargers and plenty of other modifications that allegedly round up to a whopping 800hp. Stopping power is provided by a set of brakes from a Lamborghini Aventador, and the suspension appears to have been tinkered with as well.

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470HP VW Golf R By APR Beats Canyons Into Submission 29
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 29th, 2017


Tuned VW Golf Rs have gained the reputation of offering a “mini GT-R” vibe and it’s easy to see why after watching what APR has done to theirs.

APR’s “Gonzo” show car features almost everything the company has to offer for the VW Golf R, including a complete APR 2.0-liter crate motor with forged internals and a 71mm Borg-Warner turbocharger.

The results are pretty impressive as this Golf R makes 471hp at the wheels on 91 octane fuel, which goes up to 536hp if you use race gas. In comparison, the factory Golf R makes 292hp, at the crank.

However, and despite its long list of mods, APR’s Golf R remains a civilized drive, albeit one that will glue your back to the seat every time you go near the throttle. And the chassis looks like it’s more than capable of dealing with the power, giving the driver the confidence to really enjoy the supercar-baiting performance.

Watch Matt Farah shredding one of his favorite canyon roads with the APR Golf R in his latest One Take video.

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New VW Polo GTI Is A Great All-Rounder But Not A Firestarter, Says Review 28
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 28th, 2017


Hot hatches are meant to be exciting devices that make you take the long road home, and the latest VW Polo GTI wants to be that car.

Packing more power than ever, courtesy of a 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque, the new Polo GTI appears to have closed the gap to its Golf GTI sibling by a significant margin.

Zero to 62mph (100km/h) takes 6.7 seconds when fitted with the dual-clutch gearbox, while top speed is a very autobahn-friendly 147mph (247km/h).

Combined with the new generation’s bigger dimensions, the latest Polo GTI also appears to be more competent than ever, taking advantage of the MQB-A0 platform and all the tricks that come with it. These include goodies such as wider tracks as well as adaptive dampers.

Those looking for a proper Fiesta ST alternative however are going to be left with a more mature take on hot-hatches, as the new VW Polo GTI performs better as a one-car-to-do-it-all according to Auto Express.

It’s not that VW doesn’t know how to make exciting hatchbacks, but apparently the new Polo GTI is not the firecracker some hoped it would be.

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Original VW Phaeton W12 Remains As Curious As Ever 26
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, reviews, video, VW, VW Phaeton, VW Videos on 12 26th, 2017


Volkswagen recently admitted that the Tesla Model S effectively killed off all plans for a next-generation Phaeton. However, this isn’t to say that the original Phaeton wasn’t a rather special car.

To discover if the original was really the Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival which Volkswagen once said it was, Doug DeMuro landed a drive in the car, exploring all of its intriguing features.

Volkswagen first launched the Phaeton back in 2002 as a full-size sedan that aimed to tackle the best of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. No less than six different engines were sold at various stages during the vehicle’s production run, the most remarkable of which was a 6.0-liter W12 that delivered 444 hp at 6500 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque between 2750 and 5200 rpm.

Of course, to rival the S-Class, VW had to do more than offer customers a plethora of powertrains to choose from. For example, the interior is laden with quirks that make the Phaeton unlike any other car to hit the road, including digital dials to adjust how much air comes out of each and every vent.

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VW Golf Mk1 With 455HP Proves Old-Timers Still Have What It Takes 20
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Classics, Film, tuning, video, VW, VW Golf, VW Videos on 12 20th, 2017


They do say that classics never die; that applies to the automotive industry as well, and the first-gen Volkswagen Golf is on that list, especially in GTI guise.

However, this isn’t a range-topping GTI, but a GLS, as the badge on the tailgate shows, which has received a number of important upgrades.

The most important lies in the engine bay, as it produces 455 horses from what is believed to be a swapped powertrain. We don’t know what powerplant it has, but if the number is real, then its output exceeds that of a new Ford Focus RS by some 100hp.

The bigger brakes take care of the much-deserved improved stopping power along with large rims and there’s a roll cage added to the cockpit, but if not for these parts you’d easily mistake it for a well-preserved Golf Mk1.

Its driver, and probably the person behind these mods, still has to figure it out how to put that impressive power to the tarmac, because it appears to struggle for grip, especially in first and second gears, as you can see in the video posted below .

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Is The Most Powerful VW Polo GTI Ever More Fun To Drive, Too? 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, UK, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 17th, 2017


VW has been making GTI versions of the Polo for quite some time now, but the new generation wants to achieve more than its predecessors did.

The German company wants the GTI badge to represent the default choice in the hot-hatch segments, offering for the first time three GTIs at the same time: the small Up!, the supermini Polo and, of course, the Golf.

Hot versions of superminis can be really special as demonstrated in the past by Renault with the Clio RS and Ford with the Fiesta ST, and VW is more serious than ever with the Polo GTI in terms of performance and fun.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine this time, making 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. When paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (a manual option is also available), the Polo GTI requires 6.7 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) dash and it won’t stop accelerating before it hits 147mph (247km/h). Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video that follows.

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Is The Most Powerful VW Polo GTI Ever More Fun To Drive, Too? 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, UK, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 12 17th, 2017


VW has been making GTI versions of the Polo for quite some time now, but the new generation wants to achieve more than its predecessors did.

The German company wants the GTI badge to represent the default choice in the hot-hatch segments, offering for the first time three GTIs at the same time: the small Up!, the supermini Polo and, of course, the Golf.

Hot versions of superminis can be really special as demonstrated in the past by Renault with the Clio RS and Ford with the Fiesta ST, and VW is more serious than ever with the Polo GTI in terms of performance and fun.

Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine this time, making 197hp (200PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. When paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (a manual option is also available), the Polo GTI requires 6.7 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) dash and it won’t stop accelerating before it hits 147mph (247km/h). Autocar delivers its first driving impressions on the video that follows.

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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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