Thanks for the awesome write-up! I think you have us drooling that much more...
Great review! Gotta say, you're not alone in having an affinity for the blue needles on the gauges
I was on the fence between CW and RB when I ordered, seeing these pic's lets me know I made the right choice going with the blue!
I'm waiting for the same car, you'll enjoy your driving more than I'll enjoy my waiting, very jealous!
I wanted to point out that the under-the-hood color is more of a dark slate blue than just gray like people were saying. It really doesn't bother me all. It reminds me of what the color would look like if they forgot to put the metallic and clear coats on it.
Also, I got a battery cover. Woo!
2002.5 Jetta 1.8T - TOTALED (dodging deer)
2002.5 24v GTI - TOTALED (rear-ended by a Jeep)
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Here's a picture (this isn't my car, I found this on Google):
You can see the right-most exhaust tip is connected to the actuator. I'm not sure if the muffler has two chambers (one with less restriction) or if just opening an extra exhaust outlet increases the airflow and sound. An expert would have to tell you, and I am not one.
(A side note: That guy accidentally photographed his head. Lol.)
This car is so easy and amazing to drive that it makes me hate having to get out of the driver's seat...
I threw it into some hard corners earlier and it took it very well. There's minimal body roll and it definitely out-handles the GTO (which I've taken to VIR three times now). By such a margin that a comparison seems silly, really.
The only negatives I can come up with:
First of all, the sound. Sometimes you want it to be louder, like when you're getting on it hard or when you're matching revs for a downshift (I love the sound of a downshift). On the other hand though, sometimes you don't want the car to be that loud so in that case it's perfect (55-70 MPH it's super quiet, which makes it feel really classy inside - nothing is more distracting than trying to have a conversation over a loud exhaust note).
Second is the speed at which the car pulls first and second gear - you have to shift out of these gears fast. If you're rolling at all you might as well kick it from second gear. First is gone by about 15 MPH, maybe 20. The thing is, there's nothing that can be done about that. If we had taller gears we wouldn't have the same acceleration. So I'm willing to give that up.
As you can tell, both of these negatives aren't really that negative. Just nitpicks that aren't really that much of an issue.
I'll stress again. It's just absolutely too much fun to drive. I can't wait to get back behind the wheel!
Congrats on the new car. I can't WAIT for mine to get here. I have a little over a month till mine arrives... and it can't come soon enough!
Regarding your comments on exhaust sound... I think that's why I'm going to wait for APR's RSC to be developed before purchasing exhaust. It's what I have on my GTI, and I LOVE the sound. Its loud when I'm on it, and quiet when I'm not. I've had lots of non-car enthusiast friends comment on the fact that they don't mind it b/c we can still ride in my car and have a conversation at normal levels (except, of course, when I am getting on the highway or passing someone )
Great write up, and great ride!
// DROP // DRAG // DESTROY //JABRONETTE//
A few things:
Odometer is now reading 120 miles. Took it through some of the back and country roads around Graham and Burlington to enjoy the car. Nothing really new to report here. Averaging 25 MPG with a few heavy foot moments (you have to do this). Now that I've gotten used to the feel of the clutch and the transmission, I'm more comfortable with hard shifting. Car kicks you in the ass when you do a hard shift into second and again into third. Maybe it's just my imagination but that seems to be an AWD thing. There's no tire chirp of any kind, just pure grip.
Took the car on the interstate today for the first time. At 72-74 MPH (my typical cruising speed) the car turns a hair over 3,000 RPM. That's pretty high, but I'm used to torquey V8s (GTO cruises at about 1,800 RPM at the same speed, for example). The sound isn't bad at all, but I can imagine it might be invasive with a loud exhaust system. Just food for thought for those of you who plan to drive your Rs daily yet want to add an aftermarket exhaust. If anything, I will upgrade the downpipe and downpipe only.
Lastly, I played with the Dynaudio. Found a setting that I like better. At first I was digging the bass (it hits pretty well) but I think I've found something that I will keep permanently. It's a more clear, pure sound. Here's the setting I use:
Fade: +2 (slight rear bias)
Try that when you get your cars in. I find that it's a really good sound.
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