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      12-09-2018 05:45 PM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by aoj2108 View Post
      There was never a VW named "Bug". It's called the Beetle because its shape looks like the insect and Volkswagens in the 80s and 90s were named after currents and winds.

      Golf is short for "Golfstrom" which is German for the Gulf Stream
      Jetta = Jet Stream
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      Corrado = original name supposed to be "Taifun", German for Typhoon, but GMC already had a trademark on that name. The name Corrado is derived for the Spanish word "correr" which mean to "run" or "flow" as in oceanic currents and winds.
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      Eos = Greek goddess of dawn and mother of 3 of the 4 winds (North, South, and West)

      These are just off the top of my head and there could be more.

      Nice. That's pretty much the only ones I know as well.

      I will buy this vehicle when it is available in a 2 door version. Oh wait, that's right. VW doesn't sell any 2 door cars in NA anymore after the beetle goes away. My current daily is a (no choice in the matter) 4 door golf R. 4 doors kill the looks of the car. It bothers me constantly.
      past dubs: (all black) - 1984 GTI - 1992 GTI 16v - 2001 GTI VR6

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      12-18-2018 11:16 AM #77
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      But first, let’s talk about what the new Rabbit GTI is. Before we unwrap all the layers of history that have gone into the car, we should just talk about what an uninformed customer gets if they pick up this car: a nice rabbit badge, some neat colors (1,000 in Cornflower Blue, 1,000 in Urano Grey [pictured], and 500 each in white and black), a full measure of power (although all GTIs get the full 228 hp for 2019), Golf R brakes, Golf R wheels, LED headlights, plaid seats, and a VAQ mechanical diff. So, you get a performance-focused GTI without all the luxury crap that gets in the way. And all of it for $28,895. Great.
      Last edited by silverspeedbuggy; 12-18-2018 at 11:20 AM.

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      12-18-2018 11:48 AM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by VeeRsixx View Post
      Nice. That's pretty much the only ones I know as well.
      Tiguan is a portmanteu of Tiger and Iguana. IIRC some VW exec said something along the lines of "because the people want to have fun but they want to be nice." I...guess that makes sense.

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      12-18-2018 12:40 PM #79
      But first, let’s talk about what the new Rabbit GTI is. Before we unwrap all the layers of history that have gone into the car, we should just talk about what an uninformed customer gets if they pick up this car: a nice rabbit badge, some neat colors (1,000 in Cornflower Blue, 1,000 in Urano Grey [pictured], and 500 each in white and black), a full measure of power (although all GTIs get the full 228 hp for 2019), Golf R brakes, Golf R wheels, LED headlights, plaid seats, and a VAQ mechanical diff. So, you get a performance-focused GTI without all the luxury crap that gets in the way. And all of it for $28,895. Great.
      Um... that sounds perfect.

    6. 12-18-2018 12:46 PM #80
      "But first, let’s talk about what the new Rabbit GTI is"

      Well, what it is NOT is a Rabbit GTI. It's a GTI Rabbit.

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      12-18-2018 01:09 PM #81
      But first, let’s talk about what the new Rabbit GTI is. Before we unwrap all the layers of history that have gone into the car, we should just talk about what an uninformed customer gets if they pick up this car: a nice rabbit badge, some neat colors (1,000 in Cornflower Blue, 1,000 in Urano Grey [pictured], and 500 each in white and black), a full measure of power (although all GTIs get the full 228 hp for 2019), Golf R brakes, Golf R wheels, LED headlights, plaid seats, and a VAQ mechanical diff. So, you get a performance-focused GTI without all the luxury crap that gets in the way. And all of it for $28,895. Great.
      Typical "hurr durr, performance cars shouldn't have amenities" BS. Would love to know how the GTI's "luxury crap" gets in the way.

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      12-18-2018 01:24 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Typical "hurr durr, performance cars shouldn't have amenities" BS. Would love to know how the GTI's "luxury crap" gets in the way.
      Yeah, there's a pretty big difference between "gets in the way" and "I don't need that." On a budget I definitely appreciate the later (I'd rather have a diff than leather seats!) but the former is conjecture IMO.

      The only two luxury features I can think of that legitimately get in the way are auto-braking, and then 'verts without roll hoops, which can be banned in some tracks/clubs. A navigation system or power seats aren't really going to get in the way of anything even if they're unnecessary.

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      12-18-2018 01:25 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_matt View Post
      "But first, let’s talk about what the new Rabbit GTI is"

      Well, what it is NOT is a Rabbit GTI. It's a GTI Rabbit.
      Close: It's a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition.

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      12-18-2018 01:44 PM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Close: It's a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit Edition.



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      12-18-2018 01:51 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Typical "hurr durr, performance cars shouldn't have amenities" BS. Would love to know how the GTI's "luxury crap" gets in the way.
      It gets in the way of buying it because it increases the price.

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      12-18-2018 02:57 PM #86
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      I just have to point out the redundancy of the name. It looks like a great combo of equipment, but to this old timer, it seems goofy to name it after their (slow and basic) economy car of the 80s.

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      12-18-2018 03:27 PM #87
      Its just another GTI nothing special. Bring back the guy who came up with the Mk4 20ths.
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      12-18-2018 03:32 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by troyguitar View Post
      It gets in the way of buying it because it increases the price.
      What he said.

      It was very irritating to me when shopping that until very recently, you had to give up the plaid seats in the GTI if you wanted anything other than a base model.
      He's really showing us what a man with a cannon in his chest can do!

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      12-18-2018 03:36 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by troyguitar View Post
      It gets in the way of buying it because it increases the price.
      A fair point.

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      12-18-2018 03:42 PM #90
      I just test drove one last Friday. A manual with 10 miles on it. I dared not beat on it but I was more concerned with the de-contenting that has occured since I got mine. Other than the colors, I'm completely underwhelmed by the package. But coming from a 2016 with a tune, driver assistance package (adaptive cruise, self park, etc), Fender audio this just feels like a let down. To me.

      I'm actually more excited for the 2019 GLI which SHOULD be available with the digital dash, DAP and more. That or the Hyundai Veloster N for the same or less money.

      That Cornflower blue, however.....MAN it's pretty.
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      12-18-2018 04:03 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by Brimjolt View Post
      Its just another GTI nothing special. Bring back the guy who came up with the Mk4 20ths.
      It's really not that far off from the 2003 20th offering.

      - 20th had Recaros - while nice seats, that fabric did not hold up well and there was no option for heated seats
      - This edition also comes with limited availability (1k less than the 20th total available in US back in '03)
      - Comes in exclusive colors just like the 20th except you get four choices instead of three
      - Upgraded brakes, R Brakes on this edition, TT brakes on the 20th
      - 20th had Monsoon audio - Can't speak for the system in the new car
      - 20th had sunroof, Rabbit does not
      - New Rabbit seats are heated, 20th seats were not
      - New Rabbit has the diff, 20th did not
      - New Rabbit has LED headlights, 20th had normal halogens
      - Both 20th & Rabbit have "body kits".
      - 20th had two doors, Rabbit has 4
      - 20th had the Aristos which I still feel are some of the best looking OEM wheels. Black R wheels are a let down for me.

      This Rabbit edition is nicely rounded enthusiast offering in my opinion. I doubt many of them will be sitting on the dealer lot for long. I for one am just glad VW is offering ANY enthusiast offerings at this point. If I were in the market, the toughest decision I would have is between Cornflower and Urano. I have a JB 20th and a Urano Passat.

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      12-18-2018 04:28 PM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      It's really not that far off from the 2003 20th offering.


      This Rabbit edition is nicely rounded enthusiast offering in my opinion. I doubt many of them will be sitting on the dealer lot for long. I for one am just glad VW is offering ANY enthusiast offerings at this point. If I were in the market, the toughest decision I would have is between Cornflower and Urano. I have a JB 20th and a Urano Passat.
      I'm a Black Magic Pearl 20th owner and the Cornflower Blue Rabbit Edition really had me interested. I've had my 20th for 7 years and I've felt like it would be a nice successor at some point. On the hunt for another car now, though I'll be sticking with used. I'll probably see if I can grab a Rabbit Edition used in a few years.
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      12-18-2018 05:52 PM #93
      The brakes are a great addition...my GTI was the non PP version and the diff and brakes were the only things I didn't like (aside from the DSG in city driving).

      Cornflower blue manual could look good in my garage.

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      12-18-2018 07:30 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by VTECeateR View Post
      The brakes are a great addition...my GTI was the non PP version and the diff and brakes were the only things I didn't like (aside from the DSG in city driving).

      Cornflower blue manual could look good in my garage.
      The diff is amazing, especially in sport mode where it almost seems predictive it's so quick.

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      12-18-2018 08:52 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      It's really not that far off from the 2003 20th offering.

      - 20th had Recaros - while nice seats, that fabric did not hold up well and there was no option for heated seats
      - This edition also comes with limited availability (1k less than the 20th total available in US back in '03)
      - Comes in exclusive colors just like the 20th except you get four choices instead of three
      - Upgraded brakes, R Brakes on this edition, TT brakes on the 20th
      - 20th had Monsoon audio - Can't speak for the system in the new car
      - 20th had sunroof, Rabbit does not
      - New Rabbit seats are heated, 20th seats were not
      - New Rabbit has the diff, 20th did not
      - New Rabbit has LED headlights, 20th had normal halogens
      - Both 20th & Rabbit have "body kits".
      - 20th had two doors, Rabbit has 4
      - 20th had the Aristos which I still feel are some of the best looking OEM wheels. Black R wheels are a let down for me.

      This Rabbit edition is nicely rounded enthusiast offering in my opinion. I doubt many of them will be sitting on the dealer lot for long. I for one am just glad VW is offering ANY enthusiast offerings at this point. If I were in the market, the toughest decision I would have is between Cornflower and Urano. I have a JB 20th and a Urano Passat.


      Mk4 had a really nice body kit while the GTI Rabbit is just a GTI.
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      12-19-2018 12:10 PM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      The diff is amazing, especially in sport mode where it almost seems predictive it's so quick.
      I'll bet you're right. Crappy A/S tires vs my summers didn't help my test drive experience.
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      12-19-2018 06:49 PM #97
      Volkswagen USA needs to pull their head out of their asses and make leather optional all the way to the Autobahn.

      Im seriously considering buying my next GTI from Canada for that reason alone.

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      01-03-2019 01:37 AM #98
      I'm a little late to the party here being I just saw this was an available package. I dig cornflower blue even with the black wheels. However, I'm betting these will all sell for MSRP when dealers around me already have 2019 S trims listed around $2k below MSRP.

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    26. 01-24-2019 09:02 AM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by dub*man View Post
      Volkswagen USA needs to pull their head out of their asses and make leather optional all the way to the Autobahn.

      Im seriously considering buying my next GTI from Canada for that reason alone.
      As someone from the south, I will never again own leather seats. That **** is an instant no from me.
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