Say No to Sport Pedals - 2010 VW GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 Volkswagen GTI Long-Term Road Test

2010 VW GTI: Say No to Sport Pedals

January 04, 2011

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I've never understood sport pedals in road cars. You are essentially adding something for the purpose of looking cool in a place that you can't easily see. It's like wallpapering a closet. To make matters worse, sport pedals with their small contact patches of rubber don't provide the grip of normal, fully rubberized pedals. When I jumped into the GTI this weekend after walking around in the rain, I disliked how slippery its sport pedals felt against my shoes. They didn't exactly feel as if they'd been coated in a thick layer of Pam, but it was hardly reassuring. If I owned our GTI, I'd replace them with something not-so-sporty.

While sport pedals are now nearly ubiquitous, there's one sporty company that has largely resisted this silly practice: BMW. I've heard the reason is that the Bavarians believe that being able to drive properly is more important than having sporty-looking footwells. I obviously agree, but there is a cloud on the horizon -- I say "largely" because the new 335is has them. Knock it off.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 19,236 miles

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