The Road to the Lima Residence - 2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI: The Road to the Lima Residence

November 18, 2010


Our long-term 2010 Volkswagen GTI was my ride to the Lima Residence (above) for the preview of the Saab 9-4X ahead of the LA auto show. This architectural wonder of Calabasas, California, is a little out off the beaten path by Los Angeles County standards -- you have to take a few different two-lane roads to get there.

On the way home, one of these roads, Malibu Canyon, was magically clear of traffic like I've never seen it before, and the GTI and I got at least 8 good corners all to ourselves -- at the pace of my choosing.

This was a fun few minutes. I clucked to myself about how balanced the chassis felt -- it was unflustered over bumps and body roll was contained well enough, given the GTI's compliant ride quality. Ample torque was easy to come by with the 2.0 TFSI motor, and I ripped off a couple clean 3-2 downshifts for the tighter corners.

I've been driving Malibu Canyon/Las Virgenes for years, and I've never had this many turns to myself during daylight hours. It might never happen again. But this few minutes in the GTI put a smile on face for a good 15 minutes afterward.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,393 miles

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