So after buying my very first car which was a 2009 VW Jetta Wolfsburg with the 2.0T engine and DSG, I've owned several BMW's after the Jetta. These BMW's were a 2008 135i 6MT, a 2011 135i DCT, and a 2013 F30 335i. The Jetta was great (as it was my very first car) but got bored of front wheel drive pretty quick and all my BMW's were rear wheel drive. The 135i's were a lot of fun to drive and one of them was tuned and had coil overs. Both were taken on the track which was an experience I'll never forget. I wanted something more practical and still "fun" which is how I ended up in a F30 335i but honestly it just wasn't the right balance of "fun" and luxury for me. Hence the title "Back to the VW" and the R has brought me back.
But I'm not going to clutter the forums and write up an extensive review of what I think about the R. There's been enough other reviews and by other members of this forum and by now everyone knows what this car is and what it can do. The only thing I'll say about it is that THIS car is the right BALANCE of what I originally wanted between being fun and still having luxury and practicality. And I'll mirror what Chris Harris stated when he said VW did a superb job dialing in the "feel" of the car in all modes. The R might be one of the few cars especially in this price range where you can have your cake and eat it too.
Now I picked up my R just over a month ago and sadly have only racked up 750 miles. I was very fortunate to find a, 16 Oryx DSG, DCC/NAV, DAP, R after being on a "waitlist" for almost 6 months. And somehow I got VERY lucky and got my car for invoice (no hidden fees) which I know is very rare with this car. Now I haven't gone crazy with too many mods and I'm not sure what's in the plans but this forum has helped me out greatly leading up to my purchase and I plan to do reviews/write ups where I can for little to big things I get for my car. So far I've done 35% window tint all around (including those two tiny triangle windows), 3D MAXpider Floor Mats (logo replaced...more pictures of this are coming), and OEM Euro R Tinted Taillights (in progress).
And since I hate it when someone posts up a "hey I got a new car" thread without pictures, I waited a bit longer to make this thread so I can at least get a few shots of my car in this thread. The R didn't get a fancy wax treatment, just a wash. And it was a cloudy day with no sunlight so there won't be sparkling pictures of my car but hopefully I can get better shots with better scenery in the future!
Amazing front end of the R...refined but still aggressive
The window tint compliment Oryx really well I think
Quad tip exhaust looks awesome when cleaned up
There's just something about our gauge cluster that looks so nice...ESPECIALLY at night
Really like the subtle "R" emblem