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VR6 power kicks up the fun
By rocket500 on
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2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)
Review
Test drove both the 1.8t and the VR6. Could have had leather, roof and monsoon with the 1.8t for the same money, but I preferred the greatly increased low end tourque, 6 speed transmission and more reliable engine of the VR6 vs. the turbo. Handling is fairly good, although tuned more to comfort than true sport car performance. The wife's Focus SVT will run circles around it through the turns. All season tires don't help. Power of the motor is best feature- flexible, lots of grunt, smooth revs. Comfort is high. Sport seats are nice- supportive and comfortable. Highway ride is excellent.
Favorite Features
Motor, motor, motor. Interior layout. Sport seats. Lots of standard features.
Suggested Improvements
Love the motor, but more power would be even better- some cars like the Dodge SRT-4 now feature more juice. Option of higher performance tires would be welcome. The all-seasons don't work all that well in snow anyway.
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