Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 VW Golf GTI vs 2017 VW Golf R - which one should you buy? Motor1 UK - Great question!


I am a HUGE fan of the "hot hatch" class... and the original VW GTI from way back when, essentially created the category, as far as I can remember!

If you're looking to buy a GTI, there's another hot hatch you really should consider, and it's - surprise - another VW! Lesser known, more expensive, a tighter suspension, plus 4-wheel drive... VW's Golf R is essentially the same thing as a GTI, with different specs! 


Aside from different badging, and some internal styling cues - the GTI has special plaid seating that harkens back to the original models - the GTI and the R look very much the same!

I am a big fan of VW's in general... I owned a 2006 Jetta for 4-5 years, and lusted after a Phaeton for as long as they've been out (still do, maybe..) - so if this choice came down to one I had to make, I'd have to say I'd go for the GTI, or maybe a USED GTI, and get TWO of them. For the minimal visual differences between the two models, there are extensive ones under the hood, and transmission, etc. - the R is 4-wheel drive of course! 

Thus, the GTI starts at $25,595 US, while the R starts at a somewhat lofty (by comparison) $39,375 US - a big difference! 

Of course, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, or just want the extreme handling characteristics of a 4-wheel drive - whenever you drive, year-round - the Golf R should be your choice! 

Check out the video and article on Motor1.com! 



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hot Kia "SUV-Hatch" Picanto Must Be Yet Another Euro-Only Car!

 This is sort of a hot hatch.. Although it sits a little higher than normal, like its bigger brother the Sorento. It actually reminds me quite a lot of my Chevy Sonic hatch!

Unfortunately, the Picano X-Line must be yet another European or non-North American offering, as it sure looks fun and with 127lb-ft of torque - should be quite fun to drive! The article states that it gets a phenomenal 52.2 mpg US (average) using the "New European Driving Cycle"- I'm not sure what that means exactly, or how it compares to regular US-provided MPG figures, but sounds pretty economical too! 



See the complete article at Motor1.com:
SUV-Inspired Kia Picanto X-Line Launches at Frankfurt

DeMuro Gives a Tour of the NEW '19 Corvette ZR1!

He didn't get to drive it, but this is by far the best run-down of the new Vette's features I've seen so far! 

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